The Interdisciplinary Marine Early Career Network - IMECaN


Background and aim

In 2016, the IMBeR Scientific Steering Committee endorsed the establishment of a network for early career researchers working on topics related to the IMBeR Grand Challenges. This is known as the Interdisciplinary Marine Early Career Network (IMECaN).

IMECaN aims to:

  • Provide a networking platform for early career marine researchers to develop collaborations;
  • Provide training and development in areas not traditionally provided through formal education and training programmes; and
  • Provide leadership opportunities for ECR marine researchers, particularly from developing nations.

Who can be an IMECaNer?

IMECaN is open to marine science students (Masters and PhDs), and early career researchers (less than eight years post-PhD, and less than six years since their first research appointment)

To join IMECaN, please complete this online application form

Organising committee

The activities of IMECaN are overseen by the Organising Committee. The chair of the Committee is an ex-officio member of the IMBeR Scientific Steering Committee. This is currently Chris Cvitanovic. 

IMECaN´s first activities

Even before it has officially been launched, members of the newly formed IMECaN Organising Committee have undertaken two very successful early career events.

In June 2018, a workshop was convened in Losinj, Croatia, to teach EU-based ECRs how to work efficiently at the Science-Policy-Society interface. Thirty students and early career researchers participated in the workshop.

The IMBeR ClimEco6 summer school was held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia and brought together 50 transdisciplinary ECRs to consider Transdisciplinary approaches towards sustainable oceans.