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UCCRI Early Career Researcher Programme 

The Early Career Researcher (ECR) Programme at University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute is designed to provide skill development and support to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers within an interdisciplinary and collaborative research environment.

The ECR programme is targeted at those whose research addresses conservation in the broadest sense which appeals to researchers across the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute's network across all six Schools.

The programme is delivered through a variety of learning approaches and formats, emphasising the importance of interactive experience to promote active engagement for a deeper and enhanced cross-disciplinary understanding. By participating in these workshops, and the associated informal networking events, we provide participants opportunities to meet conservation-related researchers from other disciplines, creating the potential for closer collaboration in research.

The new programme for 2020/2021 will be available soon.

These events are only available to all staff, post-docs and students across the University of Cambridge.

Past Events - Early Career Researcher Programme  2019/20

Thurs 17 Oct
11am - 12pm 
Meet the Researchers
All welcome to meet senior academics and fellow ECR's from within UCCRI's conservation network. There will be presentations from key academics followed by an overview of the research within UCCRI, followed by lunch. Speakers include: Dr David AldridgeProfessor Laura Diaz AnadonProfessor Andrew BalmfordProfessor David CoomesProfessor Bill SutherlandDr Chris Sandbrook and Professor Bhaskar Vira.
Fri 1 Nov 
11am - 12.30pm 
Grant Writing Workshop - Professor Bhaskar Vira

Professor Vira will provide an overview for those of you thinking about writing grant applications or wanting to prepare yourself for when the time comes. Lunch is provided.

Thur 14 Nov 
10.30am- 12.30pm
The Conversation: Writing for a Non-Academic Audience - Will de Freitas

The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public. Professional editors work with academics and researchers to unlock their knowledge for use by the wider public. Will de Freitas, the Environment and Energy editor will run this session and will explain what content The Conversation looks for and how to publish there.

Fri 10 Jan 
12pm - 1.30pm
Exploring Natural Capital Using Social Media Data - Dr Yuan Pan

Twitter is a source of abundant and free data that can be obtained for analysis. In this session, I will explain the methods that I used to collect data from Twitter, as well as the R codes used to clean and analyse the tweets. This will also include a brief introduction to sentiment analysis of text data. If you are interested in collecting data from Twitter for your own project, come along to this session.

Fri 17 Jan
12pm - 1.30pm
SDG Tool - Dr Nicholas Wilkinson
A very useful online tool that allows conservation professionals to look at how biodiversity projects can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goal targets. Is conservation one of a number of separate priorities, a pillar of sustainable development, or fundamental to human wellbeing? The SDGs can be enlisted in all these stories, but how should we use them, and how should we choose?  
Fri 31 Jan
12pm - 2pm
Conservation and Human Behaviour - Dr Claudia Schneider

This session will explore the psychology underlying human behaviour generally as well as applied to the context of conservation, such as barriers that prevent and levers that can motivate pro-environmental action.

Fri 14 Feb
12pm - 2pm
Q Method - Dr Rachel Carmenta & Dr Karen Wong-Perez

‘Q method’ allows systematic semi-quantitative analysis of perspectives. This workshop will give a brief history of Q and its strengths, limitations, and application in conservation.

Fri 28 Feb
12pm - 1pm
Policy Analysis - Professor Laura Diaz Anadon

Professor Diaz Anadon will lead this workshop on how to examine and evaluate the available options to implement the goals generated by government policies and policy makers.

Fri 24 April
12pm - 2pm
R Shiny - Dr Tom Swinfield

Shiny is an R package that makes it easy to build interactive web apps straight from R. You can host standalone apps on a webpage or embed them in R Markdown documents.

Fri 1 May
12pm - 2pm
Media Training - Mrs Shelley Bolderson

Training on how to deliver key messages to the public clearly and concisely.

Fri 15 May
11am - 1pm
Career Pathways Workshop
Discuss how skills learned during your PhD can help plan your next career step. Explore various aspects of career development within and outside academia. Get advice on seeking funding & applying for jobs. Discuss if you unsure whether to pursue an academic career or enter a different sector? Speakers from different sectors will share their journey taken after their PhD’s. Lunch and Networking included