Early Career Young Researcher Network for the UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies

For emerging academics and researchers, taking part in discussion groups and technical meetings such as conferences can have a profound impact on their research and communication of their work.

Researcher events are a chance to share research, learn about the latest developments in similar areas of work, learning from others and building valuable professional networks. The benefits to researchers is that they are better informed and connected with new knowledge that can be shared among colleagues and peers.

This group sits within the wider network of the UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum (UKOTCF). It can recognise the valuable research being undertaken in or in conjunction with/across UKOTs and Crown Dependencies which leads to knowledge-transfer and capacity-building opportunities. While focusing on UKOTs and CD or small island jurisdiction it provides a critical mass for those working in some of the most biodiverse regions of the world.

The benefits and scope of an Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN) aim to fostering collaboration, growth, and impact for young researchers.

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Objectives of the ECRN:

  1. Facilitate networking opportunities: Connect researchers across disciplines, institutions, and geographic locations to foster collaboration, knowledge exchange, and interdisciplinary research across the UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies and beyond.
  2. Enhance professional development: Provide resources, discussion space, mentorship, and training programs to support researchers in developing essential skills, including research methodology, grant and technical writing, project management, and communication & outreach.
  3. Promote research dissemination: Encourage researchers to share their findings and insights through technical meetings (e.g. workshops, conferences), publications, and other platforms, thereby increasing their visibility and impact.
  4. Create a supportive community: Establish a supportive and inclusive community that fosters peer-to-peer learning, emotional support, and camaraderie among researchers.
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Key Benefits to Early Career Researchers:

  1. Collaboration opportunities: ECRN connects researchers with diverse expertise, enabling multidisciplinary collaboration, the exchange of ideas, and the exploration of new research frontiers.
  2. Professional growth: Through mentorship, workshops, and training programs, ECRN provides valuable guidance and resources for career development, helping researchers build a strong foundation to undertake world-class research for long-term success across disciplines relating to the natural environment and beyond.
  3. Research visibility: ECRN provides platforms and channels to showcase research findings, facilitating increased exposure, recognition, and potential collaborations with senior researchers and industry professionals.
  4. Peer support and well-being: By fostering a supportive community, ECRN offers a space for researchers to share experiences, seek advice, and navigate challenges, thereby promoting mental well-being and resilience.

If you would like to know more about the ECRN please contact: 

Catherine Wensink cwensink@ukotcf.org


Awantha Dissanayake