GW4 launches new Early Career Symposia Scheme

January 13, 2020

The GW4 Alliance is offering up to £2500 in a new initiative to bring together Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs) and Early Career Researchers (ECRs) to deliver a series of flagship PGR- and ECR-led symposia.

The new GW4 Early Career Symposia Scheme will enable postgraduate researchers and early career researchers to work together to showcase their research, develop their management skills, and raise their profile by leading a symposium.

This year, the GW4 symposia will focus on three themes: Creative Economy, Climate, and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR).

GW4 will award each symposium up to £2500 towards the organisation and delivery of the event.

A broad interpretation of the themes is encouraged to harness a wide range of expertise and interests to ensure diverse and stimulating events which reflect the breadth of research excellence across GW4.

Climate and AMR have been announced as GW4’s strategic research areas for 2020. The GW4 region has more climate expertise then any other area worldwide and GW4 universities have a complementary depth of expertise in the area of AMR. The region’s creative industries are also going from strength to strength, receiving two Creative Clusters awards for Cardiff and Bath/Bristol plus the Audiences of the Future programme led by the University of Exeter.

GW4 Director, Dr Sarah Perkins said: “We intend to build on the highly successful GW4 Early Career Neuroscience Day, with this new scheme designed to help PGRs and ECRs develop their skills and broaden their networks. I look forward to hearing their ideas, attending the symposia, and seeing new collaborative, cross-cohort interdisciplinary research communities develop”.

Successful applicants will be expected to attend a sandpit workshop to develop ideas and form management teams for the symposia. These will be held on 28 February (Creative Economy), 16 March (Climate), and 30 March (AMR). The symposia will take place in early summer, led by the PGR and ECR teams, and supported, where necessary, by the GW4 Talent and Skills team.

Deadline for expressions of interest is 11.59pm on Wednesday, 12 February 2020. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.