UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is to launch a new early career researcher forum, Chief Executive Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser has told the Future Leaders Fellowships conference.
A pilot for the forum will launch later this year and will seek to recruit 400 early career researchers.
Dame Ottoline told the future leaders fellows:
We have a major responsibility for stewarding the research and innovation system and supporting a positive research culture.
Because it is so important to understand the perspectives of early career researchers, I am pleased to announce that UKRI will be piloting an early career researcher forum. The forum will seek to reach out to the early career researcher community and engage on the issues that matter to you.
Researchers who are interested in being a member of the forum, or who want to find out more without committing, can express interest on this short online form.
The forum follows the publication of UKRI’s action plan on the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers in July.
The action plan outlines UKRI’s commitment to working collaboratively with researchers, as well as other funders and employers of researchers, in co-creating its response to the concordat.
UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships is a £900 million programme that supports early career researchers and innovators from across business, universities, and other organisations. You do not have to be a future leaders fellow to join the network.
The three-day Future Leaders Fellowships conference concludes on Friday.