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

01 Aug 2019

RDA EU Early Career Researchers and Expert travel grants for the 14th RDA Plenary

Hi all!
For people that are located in Europe, this might be of some interest.
RDA Europe is offering financial support to nine Early Career Researchers
and seven European Experts working with data to attend the 14th RDA Plenary
meeting, in Helsinki, Finland, 23-25 October 2019.
To find out more about the requirements, selection process and financial
contributions please visit the following links:
Early Careers Researchers Open Call

24 Jun 2019

Plenary 14 Session Submission Deadline Is Thursday!

With Plenary 14 (P14) scheduled to occur from October 23-25, the deadline for session submission is this Thursday, 27 June at 16:00 UTC.

Submissions for meeting sessions are open to working groups, interest groups, joint groups and birds of feather (BoF) meetings.

Please note, however, submissions are accepted from group chairs only. If you submit a session request for a group, please notify the other chairs of that group.

08 Jun 2019

Mentoring Task Force call on Monday 10/06 at 16.00 CEST/ 10.00 EDT

Hello everyone,


doodle has spoken! For the first meeting of the Mentoring Task Force, we will be meeting this Monday 10/06 at 16.00 CEST/ 10.00 EDT.

Those who haven't voted but have time and want to join us, you are more than welcome! :)

Please use this link to connecthttps://global.gotomeeting.com/join/290927117 


Draft agenda has as follows:

  • communicate the TF objectives

04 Jun 2019

Outcomes of the doodle for the 1st Mentoring TF call

Dear all,


Thank you very much for your answers to the doodle poll regarding the Mentoring Task Force.

However, based on the results, I am afraid we have to re-run it as not enough people who have expressed their interest in participating can be present at the specified dates. Therefore, please find below a new poll to be filled in by the end of this week: https://doodle.com/poll/9rh8yi9h4tunzaps


Thank you very much.


Best regards,


24 May 2019

Invitation to the first Mentoring TF call!

Dear ECEIG pals,


We hope this email finds you well!


We are writing to invite you to the first call regarding the Mentoring Task Force.


The call is for the people who have expressed their interest for active involvement in the task force to get to know each other and exchange opinions. For those of you who are considering/ have considered contributing to our group but don’t exactly know how, this is a good opportunity to get answers to your questions before you make any decisions!


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.