Early Career Researcher Networking Event

Date: 18/04/2023

University of Bristol


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Workshop Title

Early Career Researcher Networking


Date and Location

This will take place on Tuesday 18th April and will be held in the School of Education at University of Bristol (35 Berkeley Square, Clifton, BS8 1JA). 


Aims of Workshop

The AWRN ECR community has been growing, due to the work of the ECR mentoring and activity officers, aided by the creation of new roles and supported by the network as a whole. However, outputs of a members survey and ECR monthly meetings have repeatedly identified a demand for in-person networking opportunities, to strengthen our network and to give ECRs confidence and to enhance research and career development.  Therefore, this proposed networking workshop would bring together ECRs from across the UK (and beyond if possible) to engage in structured and unstructured discussions and activities. Online meetings would remain the forum for regular ECR engagement, but this ECR-focussed session, building on contacts made at the AWRN annual meeting will establish meaningful, productive working relationships.   The proposed goals are:  

– To allow all ECRs to talk to one-another in an informal setting, where they can reach out for support with research questions and ask for advice on following a career path in animal welfare research. 

– To generate ideas for collaboration and new research directions, guided by more experienced (post-doctoral) researchers. 

– To share experiences of career pathways in different institutions and across sectors.

 – Through discussions and structured activities, as well as talks from ECRs and employers in animal welfare related fields, researchers will learn how to combine forces and achieve real change for animals.

If you’re a PhD student, a post-doc, working in education, in industry, NGOs or charities, come along and build your network.



The event will include small group discussions (general topics and new research directions), team building activities, speed-networking and Q&A sessions. 



This in-person event is FREE, in order to encourage as many ECRs to attend as possible. Tea / coffee and lunch provided for all attending.
Registration is now open – LINK TO REGISTER
Please only book a place if you genuinely intend on attending the event and let us know if you book and find you can’t make it so we can allocate places to other ECRs. 



A few travel bursaries are also available. If you require assistance to attend the workshop then please email Lucy Oldham on lucy.oldham@sruc.ac.uk with a brief rationale and overview of costings. 

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