Invitation to Host the ISBE ECR/A Spring Symposium 2025 and 2026

We are now inviting academic institutions to apply to host and organise the ISBE ECR/A Spring Symposium for 2025 & 2026.

Launched in 2022 at Nottingham University Business School, the ECR/A Spring symposium aims to assist early career researchers in relation to career development by both developing their current research for publication and their broader understanding of the requirements of academic careers in the contemporary job market.

This one-day developmental symposium will offer Early Career Academics and ECRs, including PhD students and post-doctoral researchers, the opportunity to present papers to a supportive audience of their peers and senior academics. In addition to sharing developmental research ideas that they wish to finesse to inform future conference papers and article submissions, they can also, discuss their concerns regarding how to effectively present their work to gain feedback that informs such future efforts.  ECA/ECRs will present draft work to gain supportive critical evaluation to improve the quality of their final manuscripts. Symposium attendees will also be able to receive feedback and advice on presentation skills, responding to difficult questions and how to convert conference papers to journal articles from experienced journal editors and reviewers.

In addition to ECA/ECR presentations, there should be a number of experienced academics who will share their experiences and expertise on developing and presenting papers and who will also attend and comment upon the presentations. The aim of this developmental symposium is to offer a relaxed, supportive environment where ECAs/ECRs can feel confident expressing emergent ideas and engage in debate whilst learning from and sharing with their colleagues.

There should also be a panel discussion of the academic job market and academic careers with discussion on how to develop a publication strategy and position your research for potential employers and career progression; additionally, delegates can avail of a session about using social media to establish your academic brand.

Dates & Requirements

The preferred time of year for the Symposium is Spring.

A room for approximately 30 people will be required. ISBE will provide up to £1,500 towards speaker expenses, refreshments and lunch.

The ISBE office will assist with the promotion and registration process.

If you are interested in hosting please email by 31st July 2024, stating which year you would prefer.

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