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ECRs in Aotearoa: Safeguarding and strengthening opportunity after COVID-19

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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.

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Authorship statement

The preparation of this discussion paper was led by Sylvia Nissen (Lincoln University), Sereana Naepi (University of Auckland), Darren Powell (University of Auckland), Tom Baker (University of Auckland), Annette Bolton (ESR), and Lucy Stewart (Toha Science).

The discussion paper is the work of many, published under the auspices of the Early Career Researcher (ECR) Forum of Royal Society Te Apārangi. The discussion paper draws from several sources of data (including data from the Census, educationcounts.govt.nz and a survey of ECRs conducted by the ECR Forum) and collates the views and ideas of participants in an ECR Forum-convened event held on 8 May 2020. Nissen, Naepi, Powell, Baker, Bolton and Stewart are committee members of the ECR Forum. This is not a position paper of Royal Society Te Apārangi.


Published 11 August 2020.