Early Career and Engagement IG


Group details

IG Established

The purpose of the Early Career and Engagement Interest Group (ECEIG) is to provide a focal point for Early and Mid-Career Researchers and Professionals, including those involved in various RDA-related fellowships and Early Career programs.


RDA members recognize that there is a need to create a space in RDA for those who are at the beginning stages of their careers. Specifically, RDA members recognized that Early Career Researchers and Professionals usually need additional support for:

  1. networking amongst themselves to learn about other Early Career scientists and their research, i.e., establishing a “network of peers”, and

  2. mentoring from senior RDA members who are interested in mentoring Early Career Researchers and Professionals.


Designating time on each RDA plenary schedule for this IG is important because those who are in the beginning stages of their careers have their own unique talents and strengths and they represent the next generation of RDA; they are critical to the future of RDA. At a BoF conducted during RDA P8 in Denver, CO a group of Early Career fellows agreed to explore the idea of creating an IG centering on those who are in the early stages of their careers and helping them effectively engage with RDA.  This effort was continued and crystallized at a dedicated networking session during RDA P9 in Barcelona, Spain.


While other efforts exist in RDA to support Early Career Researchers and Professionals, such as the RDA-US and RDA-EU fellowship programs, the RDA ECEIG seeks to complement existing efforts by: (i) building a peers network, (ii) maintaining a “live” document of advice for Early Career Researchers and Professionals, and (iii) creating opportunities for formal and informal mentoring within RDA. Specifically, objectives of this IG are to:

  1. Focus on Early Career Researchers and Professionals because they need the most support

  2. Establish a volunteer-based mentoring progamme

  3. Network across domains to establish an interdisciplinary network of peers

  4. Provide a space for people who have more experience with RDA to pass on knowledge and lessons learned to Early Career Researchers and Professionals

  5. Create a social outlet specifically for Early Career Researchers and Professionals



The ECEIG is open to all RDA members to participate, and is of particular interest to Researchers and Professionals in the Early and Mid-Career stages. This IG is also of interest to more experienced RDA members who desire to mentor and support Early and Mid-Career Researchers and Professionals. Membership draws initially from the Early Career pool here  

Finally, we are using the following communication channels:


Recent Activity

16 May 2019

Plenary 14: Call for Sessions, Collocated Events, Posters and Registration Now Open!

Taking place from 23-25 October 2019, the 14th RDA Plenary will take place in Dipoli, the nature-immersed building of Aalto University, Helsinki, in Finland, “one of the happiest countries in the world”, states Per Öster, CSC-IT Center For Science Director and Co-Chair of the P14 Programme Committee.

16 May 2019

Volounteers for the Data Steward school Trieste, August 5-16, 2019

Dear members of the ECEIG,

the FAIRsFAIR initiative is running a series of CODATA-RDA schools in Europe that teach FAIR data skills.  The first pilot school will be held in Trieste from August 5-16 2019. They are looking for five volunteers, either students or ECR's who are interested in pursuing a career as a Data Steward or someone who has recently started as a Data Steward.

15 May 2019

Fwd: [early_career_and_engagement] Let's talk Machine Learning! Join Next AMA on 15/05/2019

Dear all,

this is a kind reminder for our webinar today.

Looking forward to talking with you!

Best regards,

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Date: Thu, 9 May 2019 at 16:44
Subject: [early_career_and_engagement] Let's talk Machine Learning! Join
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Hello everyone,

We hope this email finds you well!

09 May 2019

Let's talk Machine Learning! Join Next AMA on 15/05/2019

Hello everyone,


We hope this email finds you well!


We are writing to invite you to yet another "Ask me Anything" meeting, this time dedicated to Machine Learning!


Our speaker Kyriakos Chatzidimitriou will be focusing his presentation on highlighting some simple yet important heuristics, rules, methods and tips that one needs to remember and apply when creating machine learning pipelines.

07 May 2019

Learn about the ECEIG Task Forces and how to contribute

Dear ECEIG pals,


We are happy to share with you that few weeks ago, during our monthly AMA call, we announced the Task Forces formulated to better support our early career data, networking and presentation activities within and outside the RDA community.


Specifically, the Task Forces are:

a. Mentoring programme

  • Leading AMAs (monthly activity)

    • Finding topics for discussion

30 Apr 2019

LAST CHANCE: Biomedical Transparency Summit (free event) - Paris 15/5

Hello again ECEIG and Reproducibility IG - there are just a few places left for  the 2019 European Biomedical Transparency Summit in Paris on May 15, 2019 being hosted by the Center for Biomedical Research Transparency.  The excellent speaker line up includes Prof. Philippe Ravaud (INSERM), Sile Lane (Sense About Science/AllTrials), Prof. Malcolm Macleod (Uni Edinburgh), Dr. Theodora Bloom ( BMJ / medRxiv ), Prof. Michel Goldman (Frontiers / i3h) as well as speakers and panellists from Wellcome Trust, BMC Medicine, CSDR and industry.

17 Apr 2019

Fwd: [early_career_and_engagement] This is the AMA you want to attend!

Hi everyone!

Kind reminder about today's AMA call.

Please see below information about the topics to be discussed and how to

Feel free to invite other people who might be interested in joining the
call, too. :)

Looking forward to talking with you!

Kind regards,

12 Apr 2019

This is the AMA you want to attend!



It was a pleasure getting to know many of you as well as catching up with others during the P13 in Philadelphia last week!


We just wanted to kindly remind everyone about the Ask-Me-Anything call next week.


If you want to be more actively involved in the most amazing early career network which focuses on research data and research lifecycle processes, then you shouldn’t miss it!