Early career researchers are critical to an innovative, connected and equitable research sector in Aotearoa New Zealand. It takes a long time to grow research capability and significant investment. Yet it can also be lost abruptly.
This discussion paper outlines some facts about the ECR population in Aotearoa, highlights some of their key issues and concerns, and provides discussion points for how to safeguard roles and support early career researchers in the current COVID-19 situation.
This position paper on future pathways for emerging researchers is the work of many, published under the auspices of the Early Career Researcher (ECR) Forum of Royal Society Te Apārangi in November 2022. It outlines a vision for an integrated research sector that promotes improved career pathways for emerging researchers.