SCRR’s third mini-conference for Early Career Researchers (ECRs): “Rural research in Scotland 2021: facing up to the challenges”

Wednesday 17th November, 1-3pm. Online.

Evidence shows that Early Career Researchers (ECRs) across Scotland have experienced significantly greater personal and research challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic compared with academics who are later in their careers. This is particularly the case for those ECRs who have also experienced disadvantage, poverty and/or identify as BAME, LGBTQI+ and/or who took on additional caring responsibilities during the pandemic.

In this third SCRR mini-conference for ECRs, we have therefore decided to focus on the theme of challenges in two ways. Firstly, to create the opportunity for you to share your challenges as ECRs under Covid19. Secondly, to showcase how, in spite of this, you have managed to produce research that seeks solutions to some of our bigger societal challenges – around climate, the economy, and wider sustainability goals, at local, regional, national and international levels.

As always within SCRR, we celebrate the diversity of all that falls within “rural science” and welcome contributions from across all research fields, including research into land, freshwater, coastal and marine resources, and their uses – including farming, forestry, aquaculture and recreation, as well as all that connects with rural communities.

In 2021, you’ll have the chance to present your poster online and give a short oral presentation. You’ll be presenting your results and ideas with others in the research community, and sharing with people from other organisations including charities, development organisations, colleges and local government. The focus will be on networking as equals, sharing ideas and fostering new connections.

There will be a Prize for the best poster, a Certificate of Participation, plus the opportunity to gain a Scholar Award by helping out beforehand and at the mini-Conference itself. We’ll also be promoting your research posters via social media, and helping you to promote your work too.

Places are limited, so you’ll need to apply via a very short application form, telling us your research area, how you have researched (or are researching) it, what you’ve found or expect to find, and ultimately why your work matters. To request an application form, please email: lyndsey.hayes@ed.ac.uk and sskerratt@therse.org.uk

The deadline for applications is 5pm Thursday 21st October and we’ll let you know if your application has been successful by Friday 29th October.

Let’s use this opportunity to celebrate how you as ECRs have faced up to challenges across Scotland!

If you don’t wish to present a poster but would like to register your interest to be kept informed about the mini-conference, please leave your details HERE    

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The Scottish Consortium for Rural Research is a collaboration between 24 organisations who work together to produce and share rural science for public good.

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