Engaging early career researchers and professionals in RDA - RDA 10th Plenary IG meeting

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24 June 2017 1405 reads

Paths for engaging early career researchers and professionals in RDA

A short introduction describing the activities and the scope of the group

RDA has several initiatives to engage and support early career researchers and professionals. RDA/EU provides travel support to each plenary for a number of fellows from Europe and asks them to attend sessions of interest, take notes and report back in the form of blog posts or other information materials. RDA/US Data Share Early Career Fellowship produced four cohorts of young researchers who contributed to Working and Interest groups and worked on independent projects within the themes relevant to RDA. An Early Career and Engagement Interest Group have been formed recently to keep all early career RDA attendees informed and organized and to advance their goals of networking and contributing to RDA. As these early career programs continue to improve, it is time to develop a framework for a long-term presence of early career individuals in RDA as well as establish a path for their productive involvement in RDA.

Additional links to informative material related to the group i.e. group page, Case statement, working documents etc:



Meeting objectives:

This session is co-organized by coordinators of the RDA/US Data Share early career program and by the co-chairs of the Early Career and Engagement group to discuss current experiences and future directions of early career programs in RDA and develop an action plan that will help coordinate such programs across regions.

Meeting agenda:

The session will have two parts. The first part is a working session that will have participants work in small groups and discuss their perceptions and attitudes towards involvement of students and early career professionals in RDA, esp. from the cross-regional and transnational perspective. The following questions will guide the discussions:

  • What is RDA looking for in early career programs?
  • What are the successes and failures of the current programs?
  • What do early career fellows need from RDA?
  • How can we increase impact of early career programs and make it long-lasting?
  • How can RDA enable transnational early career networking and collaborations across regions?

The second part will provide a short overview of the Early Career and Engagement Interest Group followed by a Q&A.

The outcomes of the session will be a broader familiarity of RDA membership with early career programs and a report with recommendations for further developments of such programs in RDA including programmatic and funding activities.

Target audience:

All RDA membership is encouraged to attend, but specifically members who were involved with RDA early career programs as mentors, advisors, or fellows.

Co-organizers: Inna Kouper (contact person), Beth Plale, Jane Greenberg and Devan Donaldson

Other RDA members to be invited to participate: Timea Biro and Laura Baracchi (Europe), Kay Raseoka (African region), Andrew Treloar (Australia)

Type of meeting: Working meeting

Session Room: Mansfield 8

Session Time:  Tuesday 19 September, Breakout 2, 14:00 - 15:30

Collaborative session notes: Follow link

Session slides and materials: Coming soon

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