ECR20: Early Career Researcher Workshop

ECR20 gives you need-to-know info for developing your research career: avoiding common pitfalls, grasping opportunities and building your network.

Designed by ECRs for ECRs, this one-day workshop covers research funding applications, grant proposals and navigating the changing and complex research landscape – all explored in a supportive environment.

Are you eligible?

Applications are welcome from students finishing PhDs, postdocs and academics with up to five years of service since beginning their first appointment.

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There are only 40 places available at this September’s ECR20 and the deadline for applications is 31 May 2020! Successful applicants will be invited to complete their booking after the deadline.

Date: 14 September 2020, Warwick University
Application deadline: 31 May 2020

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Registration:                                £47 inc. VAT

Accommodation (if required)   £60 inc. VAT

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Why you should go to ECR20

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Experienced Academics

Work with experienced academics who have recent, relevant experience that is applicable to your career stage.


Networking Opportunities

Become part of a more strongly-connected ECR network of peers who will grow with you throughout your career.


Expand knowledge

This has been designed by ECRs for ECRs to develop your understanding of key challenges and opportunities – and how to make the most of them.

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Personal Skills Development

Learn to the tips, tricks and skills needed for maximising grant application success and navigating the changing research landscape.

Meet world-leading simulation expert Professor Barry Nelson

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Professor Barry Nelson (Northwestern University, Chicago) has agreed to speak at the workshop, prior to his plenary session at OR62. Barry is an inspiring example of someone who has forged a research career fusing scientific depth with real-world impact.

From our survey:

100% agreed ECR Workshop 2018 met their aims for attending

96% said the quality of sessions was Very Good or Fairly Good. (4% said it was ‘Amazing’!)

92% said the EXR18 plenary session was Very Good or Fairly Good

What ECR18 workshop delegates said:

“This was a great event and very valuable in terms of preparing grant applications.”

“The workshop was really well thought out, great sessions!”

"Everything was well managed. I enjoyed attending and have learnt so much! Thank you very much."

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Kevin Glazebrook (Chair)

Professor at Lancaster University

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Kerem Akartunali

Reader at Strathclyde Business School

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Arne Strauss

Professor at Otto Beisheim

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Christine Currie

Director of CORMSIS

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Laura McDonnell

Portfolio Manager at EPSRC

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Lucy Morgan - ECR Lead Organiser

Lecturer at Lancaster University

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Nursen Aydin - Support Lead

Associate Professor at University of Warwick

ECR Committee

Geraint Palmer (Cardiff), Mengyuan Xiang (Edinburgh), Mahdi Doostmohammadi (Strathclyde), Vuong Phan (Southampton) and Ilkka Leppanen (Loughborough).

Why not stay for our annual conference?

OR62 brings the UK and international OR community together under one roof.

Date:  15 – 17 September 2020
Venue: The 
University of Warwick

Stay current with the latest developments in OR and analytics, network with big names, share knowledge through presenting and build skills at workshops.

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