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The project re-conceptualizes the role and identity of junior researchers taking into account these key dimensions, and has the following objectives:

  • To design, create and assess interactive on-line research-based resources to help early career researchers (ECR, including PhD students and post-doc) to handle everyday issues in interaction with supervisors, teams and communities of reference; scientific writing and production; ethics and integrity; and strategies for developing resilience and regulating emotions.
  • To develop, validate and set up digital tools that contribute to develop ECR researcher identity and career trajectories through participation and networking in the scientific community.
  • To raise awareness within the European scientific community of the importance of researcher identity and career development through the presence of digital tools, and to showcase and disseminate proven methodologies, tools and practices to successfully address ECR researcher challenges in advancing their careers.

The intellectual outputs (educational resources) of the project are presented/accessible below. 

Interactive Questionnaires on research experience, critical incidents and networking for PhD students and Post-Doc researchers

In the project, two interactive questionnaires on research experience, critical incidents and networking were developed and validated. Interactive questionnaires enable to receive online reports of PhD student’s or Post-Doc researcher’s research trajectory as well as one’s position in comparison with peers who have completed the questionnaire. Both questionnaires are included in the interactive platform "Researcher Like Me"

Guide for Researcher development (GRED)

The material is designed for providing additional support for Early Career Researchers. It introduces good practices on doctoral education and career development, the cases of early career trajectories and innovation courses. The material can be found here

Integrated Interactive Platform "Researcher Like Me"

The interactive platform is closely intertwined with other project activities and resources. Most importantly, it provides a social space that contributes to the development of Early Career Researchers identity and their participation in the research community. The platform enables to inform about participants’ own profiles, networks, and activities and to connect them with other participants with similar profiles, networks, and/or activities. The Interactive Platform can be accessed here.  

Training course: Agency and networking in researcher career development

The aim of this course is to help Early Career Researchers to face with problematic and critical situations to be able to cope with and ultimately, solve them developing an agentic position in their career development and to relate networking with researcher career development and agency. The preliminary material can be found here

Training course/Workshop: Encountering and resisting inequitable policies and practices

The aims of the workshop are to recognize the policies and practices that limit or enhance researchers current work, career potential, and personal lives; to develop a sense of agency and specific strategies for engaging individually and collectively to question and challenge inequities in a particular context; to connect and actively engage with a wider community of European scholars to promote solidarity in a shared experience. The materials can be accessed here

Online resource: Balancing personal life and academic career

The aim of the material is to equip Early Career Researchers with theoretical and practical knowledge to anticipate strategies and feelings regarding how to balance personal life and academic careers in different working conditions. The material(s) can be found here

Training material: researcher supervision and support: from PhD supervision to interdisciplinary researcher community

The material is aimed to clarify the different ways in which Early Career Researchers supervisory and researcher community can promote ECR trajectories, to create an innovative material for supervisors that focus on personal, social, and institutional variables to take into account when developing functional strategies to support researchers and to develop specific materials to guide other researchers and institutions to develop their own training modules and programs addressed to supervisors. The material can be found here

Training course: How and where to publish? Strategies to prepare and edit a manuscript and criteria to select the journal to publish a paper

The material aims at approaching and assessing an educational architecture in which learners might construct and implement a radically new, wider, and more complex object and concept for their activity. This helps students not only to understand and master the discursive mechanisms useful to write scientific articles but also to engage students in a reflective dynamics with the objective of eventually promoting qualitative changes in their identity. The course can be found here

Training course: Navigating the landscape of Ethics and integrity in supervision and researcher Development

The content of this course relates to ethics and integrity – both of which are vital areas for responsible conduct in research and innovation. The aim of the training course is to help Early Career Researchers to adopt the ALLEA code as their European guideline and to envision potential challenges that they may encounter, and provide tools for how to deal with challenges. The course also provides content related to national codes of conduct and guidelines. The training material can be accessed here

Additional information about the project

Funding (ERASMUS + Strategic Partnerships, project reference: 2017-1-ES01-KA203-038303; period: 2017-2020).  
Partners & Team 
Selected publications 

Contact person:
Anu Tammeleht, tammele@tlu.ee

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