Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


Following Future Earth’s restructuring towards becoming a more inclusive and transformative organization which promotes sustainability science, Future Earth invites early career researchers and professionals to play an active role at the new governance structure of Future Earth. This governance structure will consist of an Assembly and a Governing Council. 

The new Future Earth Assembly will encompass 10 dedicated seats for early career researchers (ECRs). These 10 early career researchers are to be selected through the Early Career Researcher Network of Networks (ECR NoN).

The assembly is an inclusive body that oversees and provides overall guidance to Future Earth. The selected ECRs will commit to serve this role for a 3-years term. The first Assembly meeting will take place virtually, on 29 & 30 September 2021. Being part of the Assembly is a great way for ECRs to get insight in, and help shape up the international agenda of sustainability research, as well as to expand your professional network. 

The ECR NoN has decided to open an inclusive call for (self)nominations to select the 10 ECR seats of the new Future Earth Assembly.

Requirements to apply:
    - You shall be part of an ECR Network (within or outside of ECR NoN)
    - You shall be an early career researcher following the Future Earth definition* at the starting year of your appointment to the Assembly

Please apply via the GoogleForm, before 23 July.

While completing the application form, please be ready to submit (in PDF):
1. a motivation statement (max. 300 words) elaborating on your main motivation to fulfill this role (incl. stating relevant experience), and how you envision to fulfill the role if selected
2. a short CV (2 page max.)

Please note:
- There is no limit of applications per ECR network.
- The selection of the 10 assembly members will be done by an independent selection committee, the criteria will also include diversity (gender, geography, disciplines, ECR career stage, ECR networks).


This is a great opportunity to become part of the new Future Earth Assembly! 

We look forward to your nominations.

Best regards,
The ECR NoN executive committee  

*Early career is anyone whose career has started within the last 10 years and who is connected to sustainability. This includes researchers who have received their Bachelor’s or Master’s qualification within the last 10 years or their PhD within the last six years, as well as professionals working at the interface of society, policy, practice, and research.

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