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

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,
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From: ellipapa <***@***.***>
Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2019 at 00:29
Subject: [early_career_and_engagement] This is the AMA you want to attend!
To: Early Career and Engagement IG <

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!


09 Apr 2019

Fwd: There Is No Guru

This post below came through a faculty development list, but I think it's
relevant to early career researchers and professionals too.
TLDR: Mentoring comes in many forms and it's better to rely on a network
than on a single person to meet your mentee needs.
---------- Forwarded message ---------
*Monday, April 8, 2019 There is No Guru*
We've all heard repeatedly how important "mentoring" is to our professional
success, but if you scratch the surface and ask people what exactly they

20 Mar 2019

Minutes and slides from the AMA call on Open Source Software

Hi everyone,

thank you very much for attending today's AMA call!

Also, thank you to our speaker Fotis Psomopoulos for sharing his experience with and ongoing work on Open Source Software challenges, developments and new achievements in the field of Open Source Software.

Please find below the links to the notes and the presentation:

Notes: https://github.com/fpsom/rda-eceig/blob/master/AMA-Calls/2019-03-20-Minu...

19 Mar 2019

Don't miss our AMA call on Open Source Software tomorrow!

Hello everyone,

a reminder about our call tomorrow focusing on Open Source Software!

See you all there! :)

Contact details:

When: Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 at 10:00AM EST/ 16:00 CET

Click here to find out the time of the event in your time zone: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=RDA+ECEIG+March+2019+AMA&iso=20190320T10&p1=3723&ah=1