The second annual Early Career Researcher Day (ECRD) returned this year and was successfully delivered via Zoom.
ECRD is really about bringing together emerging academics in a setting that fosters ongoing collaboration and the building of networks among Manitoba’s scholars.
Dr. Jino Distasio
Spearheaded by The University of Winnipeg, in partnership with the University of Manitoba, Canadian Mennonite University, Brandon University, and Research Manitoba, this event brought emerging researchers together from various Manitoba institutions where experienced grant writers and funding experts interactively explored the research lifecycle.
“ECRD is really about bringing together emerging academics in a setting that fosters ongoing collaboration and the building of networks among Manitoba’s scholars,” said Dr. Jino Distasio, UWinnipeg Vice-President, Research and Innovation.
This year’s edition of ECRD had more than 100 Early Career Researchers (ECRs) from across Manitoba, including students from UWinnipeg, the University of Manitoba, L’Université de Saint-Boniface, Canadian Mennonite University, Brandon University, University College of the North, and the Manitoba Metis Federation.
“Research Manitoba is committed to supporting local talent development and the 2021 ECRD was a unique event with that very same goal,” said Karen Dunlop, CEO, Research Manitoba. “ECRD brought Manitoba’s research community together to support ECRs, develop skills, learn about the research lifecycle, and explore partnership opportunities. We are happy that we can participate in these events and proud to champion our province’s next generation of researchers.”
Experts from UWinnipeg, the University of Manitoba, Mitacs, and Research Manitoba, among others, participated in information sessions, panels, and workshops via Zoom to provide information and support for ECRs. Participants jointly developed original research project ideas in order to engage with the entire research lifecycle.
Participants also covered a wide range of topics, including the tri-council of federal research-funding agencies, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), which promotes scientific discoveries and supports post-secondary research and training.
They also covered other important and relevant topics, including ethics, knowledge mobilization, equity, diversity and inclusion, data management planning, community engagement, contracts, and publishing.