Leveraging the power of early career researchers (ECRs) to improve scientific publishing and research culture (in Englisch)

The QUEST Center is organizing a virtual brainstorming and networking event, with the overarching theme of "Leveraging the power of early career researchers (ECRs) to improve scientific publishing and research culture”.

Our goal is to bring together a group of ECRs from around the world who have been involved in or led initiatives to improve science. The discussion from the brainstorming day will form the basis for a paper, with all participants included as authors.

Some of the topics that we will discuss include:

  1. Why do we need ECRs to be involved in and lead efforts to improve scientific publishing and research culture?  
  2. What obstacles do ECRs face when working to improve scientific publishing and research culture?  
  3. How are these obstacles different for ECRs who work in countries with limited research funding, or for ECRs who are underrepresented minorities? 
  4. What kind of support do ECRs need for their efforts to improve scientific publishing and research culture? What actions can mentors, institutions, scientific societies, journals and research funders take? 
  5. Lessons learned: What can we learn from the experiences of brainstorming day participants? What has worked well, and what hasn’t worked? What do ECRs need to successfully launch their own initiatives? What do ECRs need to improve scientific publishing and research culture in established organizations (I.e. institutions, societies, journals, funding agencies)? 

We will draw upon participants’ shared experience by organizing a 2-day  Virtual Brainstorming Session (described briefly here: https://osf.io/c5gyz/). The session will be accompanied by virtual “coffee chats” and a virtual  Open  Space  to allow participants to get to know each other, share experiences and discuss the brainstorming questions or explore topics that emerge during the brainstorming.  

Because the course format is highly innovative, there is no open registration to this course. Participation will be by invitation.