Early Career Researcher Workshop

Start Date
29 September 2016
End Date
30 September 2016
University of Edinburgh
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The 2016 workshop for U21 Early Career Researchers will be on the theme of Big Data at the heart of 21st century research. The workshop will surround the concept of data and its ability to greater inform and scope research.

We are pleased to open nominations for the 2016 ECR workshop. The theme for the workshop will be “Big Data at the heart of 21st Century research” and it will run from 29 to 30 September 2016, hosted by the University of Edinburgh. 

The ubiquity of data in many fields of research means that much more can be measured and areas of study that were qualitative become quantitative. Large data sets offer researchers across disciplines unprecedented opportunities to address important questions, but will require new methodological and ethical considerations.

In this workshop delegates will explore issues around the application of data science in diverse fields, and discuss the implications of working with data for early career researchers.

The workshop will also have a strong focus on networking and gaining an international perspective on the role and career route of researchers.


It is expected that each institution will conduct an internal selection process to identify the most appropriate candidates for attendance. 

Delegates should have gained their doctorate within the last eight years and be employed by a U21 university in a research-related capacity.

Each university may nominate seven early career researchers: four guaranteed and three reserve nominees (who will be offered a place at a later date if spaces are available).  Please contact Christina Mellor for information on who is running the selection process at your university. 

The deadline for the Secretariat to receive nominations is 6 May 2016.


Hotel accommodation

Our colleagues in Edinburgh have negotiated special rates at two hotels local to the workshop venue.

Please note this is for information only at this stage and details of how to book rooms at these rates will be sent to delegates when their place on the workshop is confirmed.


Ten Hill Place Hotel 

Address: 10 Hill Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9DS

Link: http://www.tenhillplace.com/

Classic Rooms at £135.00 per room, per night Inclusive of VAT and Full Scottish Breakfast


Residence Inn Marriott Hotel 
Address: 36 Simpson Loan Quartermile, Edinburgh, EH3 9GG

Link: http://www.marriott.co.uk/hotels/travel/ediri-residence-inn-edinburgh/

Classic Rooms at £144.00 per room, per night inclusive of VAT and Full Scottish Breakfast 



Dr Christina Mellor, Researcher Engagement Manager