Bridging the gap from student to senior scientist: recommendations for engaging early-career scientists in professional biological societies

Humphries, Grant R.W., Flemming, Scott A., Gladics, Amanda J., Hammer, Sjurdur, Hart, Kirk A., Hirata, Kazuhiko, Antolos, Michelle, Kappes, Peter J., Magnusdottir, Ellen, Major, Heather L., McDuie, Fiona, McOmber, Kristina, Orben, Rachael A., Schmid, Moritz S., and Wille, Michelle (2016) Bridging the gap from student to senior scientist: recommendations for engaging early-career scientists in professional biological societies. Marine Ornithology, 44 (2). pp. 157-166.

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Abstract

Despite their long-standing and central role in the dissemination, promotion and defense of science, scientific societies currently face a unique combination of economic, social and technological changes. As a result, one of the most pressing challenges facing many societies is declining membership due to reduced recruitment and a failure to retain members, particularly early-career scientists (ECSs). To ensure that professional biological societies retain long-term viability and relevance, the recruitment and retention of ECSs needs to be a main priority. Here we propose a series of recommendations that we, a group of ECSs, believe will help professional societies better integrate and retain ECSs. We discuss each recommendation and detail its implementation using examples from our personal experiences in the global seabird research and management communities and from our collective experience as members of several professional societies. We believe these recommendations will not only help recruit and retain ECSs as society members, but will also directly benefit the organizations themselves.

Item ID: 49124
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2074-1235
Keywords: early-career scientists, engagement, guidelines, professional societies, recruitment, senior scientists
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2017 03:17
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified @ 50%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939908 Workforce Transition and Employment @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 50%
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