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We are pleased to welcome you at an international seminar in Tallinn University:

Early-Career Researchers’ identity development - individual, faculty and institutional implications

Date: 15 February 2019


A large proportion of research in academic institutions is conducted by PhD students, post-docs and junior members of faculty. Early career researchers (ECRs), particularly PhD students and post-PhD researchers, have in recent years been the concern of academic institutions as well as educational policymakers. European policies concerning the training and promotion of new generations of researchers turn focus towards the careers of the junior members of academia. This seminar is organised in order to shed light on identities of junior researchers.

Who is the seminar intended for? The questions around academic careers and how to support junior researchers in finding their way through academia concern multiple stakeholders, including policy-makers, institutional administrators and leadership; academic faculty and supervisors; and the junior members themselves.

Please review our speakers HERE.

Organisational issues:

Contact person: Anu Tammeleht ( )

Registration form here. Deadline for registration 30 January 2019.


Content: Challenges and opportunities of ECRs’ identity development


10.00-11.00     Arrival of participants, registration at room M134 (Mare House, 1st floor)

11.00-12.00    Light lunch at Mare Atrium (Mare House, 3rd floor)

12.00-13.15    Early-career researchers: research, policy and practice. Room M134 (Mare House, 1st floor)

Welcoming words - Katrin Niglas, Vice-Rector, Tallinn University

Researcher Identity Development: Strengthening Science in Society Strategies - Montserrat Castello, Professor, Ramon Llull University

PhD students’ and graduates’ career trajectories - Triin Roosalu, Associate Professor of Sociology, Tallinn University

Observations from evaluation of Doctoral programmes - Liia Lauri, Assessment Director, Estonian Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education

Introductions to parallel sessions

13.15-13.30    Division into parallel sessions + coffee break (in session rooms)

13.30-15.15    Parallel sessions:

1. Institutional support workshop: What can institutions do to better support doctoral progress? Room M648 (Mare House, 6th floor)

Facilitator: Lynn McAlpine, Professor, University of Lancaster

2. Supervisor workshop: How can PhD supervisors draw on the institutional research community to enhance their students' progress? Room M649 (Mare House, 6th floor)

Facilitator: Kirsi Pyhältö, Professor, University of Helsinki

3. ECR workshop: How to take advantage of the support that is provided? Room M439 (Mare House, 4th floor)

2 topics: Writing journey; Ethics environment

Facilitators: Erika Löfström, Professor, University of Helsinki; Anu Tammeleht, Analyst of Research Ethics, Tallinn University; Anna Sala Bubare, Associate Professor, Ramon Llull University;  Mariona Corcelles, Professor, Ramon Llull University

15.30-16.15    Summaries of parallel session, conclusions and next steps. Room M134 (Mare House, 1st floor)



What will you gain if you are a policy-maker or HE administrator?

On the national level, early-career researchers constitute a significant human resource and competence reserve. At the institutional level, they are the future academics, research leaders, supervisors. But how are the early-career researchers taken into consideration in institutional and national policies? Are we making use of the research on academic careers, and is this research influencing institutional and national policy-making? How could this knowledge be harnessed to support evidence- and research-based development of policies? If you are concerned about these issues, then the seminar will open a forum for idea-sharing, networking and discussion on possible solutions how to support early-career researchers, research careers and sound policy-making.


What will you gain if you are a facilitator/supervisor?

If you are involved in supervision and mentoring of PhD students and early-career researchers, but feel that catering for a diversity of needs is challenging, then this seminar offers you a forum to discuss challenges and good practices on how to support the juniors in the academic community. Come find out what the research on PhD supervision and academic careers highlights!


What will you gain if you are a PhD student/post-doc/ECR?

You are on the path to becoming a researcher and academic, but the road is not always straightforward. Becoming a researcher is a journey with challenges and triumphs. This seminar provides a possibility to reflect on your needs and prospects as a junior researcher. Come and share your experiences and find out about tools and resources for researcher development!


Venue - Tallinn University


Seminar will be held in Tallinn University 15 February, 2019. Tallinn University is the youngest among all universities in the capital cities of Europe. It was founded only in 2005 as a merger of different universities and research institutions in Tallinn. Since then, it has been growing quickly and has now a student body of over 9500, with close to 540 faculty members. The university consists of 18 academic institutes, 4 colleges and the academic library. Academic institutes are competence centres in their specific field(s) and are active both in research and teaching.

The university sees itself as providing an environment which encourages the intellectual and personal growth of all its members, faculty and students alike, and has proclaimed as its values academic quality (which involves combining research and teaching), solidarity and collegiality, procedural transparency and simplicity, openness (which involves significant internationalisation) and an outward focus on society instead of isolating itself in an ivory tower).

The university has committed itself to the strategic goal of becoming an international research university with a strong social conscience and a flexible and collegial environment for learning and personal growth, where considerable academic freedoms, which are guaranteed both to students and the faculties, are balanced by strict quality requirements.

All campus buildings are connected to each other with glass corridors and there will be signs pointing directions to the Conference rooms. You will be able to access the free network connection called TLU in Tallinn University campus. Most of the cafes in town have free internet connection. All the hotel rooms also have WIFI. You can also use your institute’s eduroam account at Tallinn University.

Tallinn University is located 500 metres from UNESCO Heritage Site Tallinn Old Town and 500 metres from one of the biggest urban recreational parks in Estonia - Kadriorg. The university is located in the distance of 5 min walk from Tallinn harbour and 15 min by bus, tram or taxi from Tallinn Airport.

Conference venue is fully accessible for people with challenged mobility. It is equipped with wheelchair ramps, self-opening doors, speaking elevators and handicap toilets.  Low-floor trams operate on the tram line to University with certain frequency.

You can look around in the conference venue virtually, too.

Please find information how to getting here.