2015 Events

Wed, 4 March at UCD / city centre venue

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Universitas 21 Early Career Researchers (ECR) Workshop

UCD Research & Innovation

The 2015 Universitas 21 Early Career Researchers (ECR) workshop will be hosted by UCD from 4 – 6th March 2015 and the theme is ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship’.

The key objective of this workshop is to increase ECRs’ research capabilities and enhance skills associated with career development in academia. The workshop will have a strong focus on networking and gaining an international perspective on the role and career route of researchers. Further information on the programme is available on the U21 website.

Early career academics (PD1 and PD2) in any discipline are welcome to apply to attend the workshop. During the course of the workshop, early stage academic researchers from all over the world will properly consider what it means and what it takes to be entrepreneurial while remaining in academia – this includes interacting meaningfully across disciplines, engaging effectively with the public and understanding more about how to be heard by funding agencies and policy makers.

The programme will include TedX-style presentations from established U21 researchers, an interactive poster session, a keynote panel discussion and a day-long design thinking challenge.

Participant preparation :

1. design your poster that explains (an aspect of) your research in a way that makes sense to other researchers working outside of your discipline.
2. check out these YouTube clips so you are familiar with the TedX format
3. come hungry, thirsty and wanting to make friends. Please pack a sense of humour and a big suitcase of curiosity.


UCD is providing places at the workshop to 3 guaranteed nominees and 4 reserve nominees. Applicants must be available to attend the conference from 4th – 6th March 2015.

Lunches and one delegate dinner will be provided by UCD. Delegates will need to cover the cost of additional expenses including travel to and from UCD / city centre venue.

Interested applicants must fill out this application form and return it to Claire Redmond at c.redmond@ucd.ie by 11:30PM Thursday, 15th January 2015. Applicants should inform their PI in advance of submitting their application.

The adjudication panel will convene on the 20th of January and will inform the successful and unsuccessful applicants shortly thereafter.