Fifteen excellent young scientists (PhD students and postdocs) have already been selected for the EC3R Juniors Program. Early career researchers from all EC3R projects are part of this program. They have elected two spokespersons, Dr. Maren Hülsemann and Sarah Schmerbeck. They take an active role in the development of the EC3R Juniors Program and represent the interests of the early career researchers in the EC3R Steering Committee.
The EC3R Juniors Program provides networking opportunities with scientists from other EC3R projects and other institutions. These early career researchers also benefit from the opportunities listed here, which are exclusively available to participants of the EC3R Juniors Program.
The various supports of the EC3R Juniors group are constantly being expanded in cooperation with the participants. Their ideas and wishes play an important role in shaping the program.
In 2022, a mentoring program for young scientists at the EC3R has been established. This program aims to specifically support PhD students during their doctoral studies. The goal is to encourage the young scientists in expanding their scientific expertise and career development through personal mentoring with excellent scientists.
Within the framework of the EC3R Berlin Lab Visits, all eight EC3R projects enable individual visits to their laboratories for early career researchers from other EC3R research projects. The aim is to promote intensive exchange of knowledge and methods, as well as networking opportunities within the different research groups of the EC3R. The young scientists can thus look beyond the horizon of their own projects and get intensively involved with scientists from others projects.
Every year, a day specifically for the EC3R Junior scientists is organized, offering exchange and networking opportunities within the group. Together with the two spokespersons of the group, Maren Hülsemann and Sarah Schmerbeck, the EC3R Education & Training Office developed the program for this year's Juniors Day in early June. The day was used for discussions around the projects, personal exchange and a Career Development Workshop. The three speakers of the EC3R, Prof. Christa Thöne-Reineke, Prof. Stefan Hippenstiel and Prof. Jens Kurreck, were on site and were able to have a direct exchange with the young researchers.
In the context of the promotion of young researchers, the participants of the EC3R Juniors are to benefit from workshops specifically tailored to their needs. During the first EC3R Juniors Day, a 2-hour career development workshop with Amanda Wichert took place. Due to the positive feedback, follow-up workshops for the EC3R Juniors will be organized.