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The Conservation Research Institute Early Career Researcher Programme 

These events are only available to all staff, post-docs and students across the University of Cambridge. Zoom details will be sent after registration for the 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.


Fri 5 Mar
12m - 1pm
User-Centred Design - Alice Lawrence

This session will give an overview of user-centred design (UCD): a process whereby the enduser is involved in the design of an interface or document. We will use a case study from the field of medical communications to explore the different steps of UCD, and how it has been applied within conservation.

Thur - Fri 11 - 12 Mar
Media Workshop

This is a two half-day online Media Workshop designed specifically for ECR's to build their research profile in the non-specialised media. The training will be given by ex-BBC journalists with decades of experience. In this hands-on-course you will prepare exercises and interviews tailored for your research. There is a maximum of 15 attendees for this workshop. Please register through Eventbrite.

Fri 30 Apr
11am - 1pm

Moving Methods Online - Lucy Goodman

Learn more about how to do social science research when travel and face-to-face are limited during the pandemic. From ethical to logistics issues, this session will facilitate peer-to-peer learning and take a deep dive into one case study that uses zoom to facilitate a Q methodology study done entirely online.  

Fri 14 May 12pm - 1pm

Policy Analysis - Professor Laura Diaz-Anadon

Professor Laura 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 21 May 10am - 12:30pm

Career Pathways

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.

Fri 28 May
12pm - 1pm

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 11 Jun
12pm - 1pm

Creative Communication - Carmyn de Jonge

This workshop is designed for those looking to explore effective communication through versatile designs of poster, booklets and presentations.