The remit of the Early Career Investigator’s Forum is to facilitate greater integration of ECIs into COST Action IS1409.
Monika Bédiová – Czech Republic
Daniel Holman – United Kingdom
Members of the ECI Forum
Patricia Carney – Ireland – Monitoring & Evaluation Officer
Rita Néves – Portugal – Science Communications Officer
Maria Fleischmann – United Kingdom – Monitoring & Evaluation Officer
Dinali Wijeratne – Ireland
Eva Katharina Sarter – United Kingdom
Chiara Ardito – Italy
Julie Rochut – France
Noémia Loio Marques – Portugal
Juan Manuel García González – Spain
Ilona Matysiak – Poland
Jiri Cerny – Czech Republic
Aneta Krejcova -Czech Republic
For further details about our ECI members see here
Being part of the COST Action has been a very enriching experience both professionally and personally. Networking and collaboration is indispensable to good quality science, especially in ageing research, which is thoroughly interdisciplinary by nature. What has been particularly valuable is the strong cooperative spirit of the Action. Regardless of country, seniority or any other characteristic, members were united by a genuine desire to work together to further knowledge and ultimately action on gender inequalities in extending working lives. Being the co-leader of the early career investigator (ECI) group was an opportunity to contribute towards this underlying aim. This has also helped me professionally as it was my first leadership role, and I have since gone on to lead an ESRC grant, and a research theme in my university department. I am certain that the connections made by the ECIs, both with each other and with the other members, will extend well beyond the official end date of the Action
The work developed on the STSM contributed to the development of 2 chapters of my PhD thesis. It allowed me to develop technical and scientific knowledge that have been key to my professional development as a researcher. It has enabled several collaborations for papers that are in preparation It established me within an international network of researchers and granted me opportunities of mobility that I would never would have accessed if not through this COST action It has contributed to securing my current job, as I was able to rely on international researchers as referees for job applications.
This Action has provided me with unique opportunities in terms of expanding my knowledge as well as my international outlook as a researcher that I would never would have had if it were not for GenderEWL.