Early-Career Researcher and Practitioner Program

Beginning in 2018, Future Earth Australia implemented an Early-Career Researcher and Practitioner (ECRP) program. This program provides a platform for researchers and practitioners to network, share research and forge collaborations. In 2018 Future Earth Australia hosted three ECRP events across three major cities in Australia:

  • Brisbane—2018 Australasian Early-Career Urban Research Network (AECURN) Queensland Symposium–Transformation in Urban Environments
  • Melbourne—Integration Across the Sustainable Development Goals and the Role of Research Early-Career Researcher and Practitioner Symposium
  • Canberra—Australian Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Settlements and Infrastructure Early-Career Researcher and Practitioner Workshop

Following on from these successful events, a Future Earth Australia ECRP executive team was created to promote the program and to provide advisory guidance for the program moving forward.  The executive team is comprised of co-chairs Dr Ray Maher from the University of Queensland, Chris Lewis from Geoscience Australia, and Sarah Crowe from the Future Earth Australia secretariat.

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Meet the team

Dr Ray Maher, Co-chair—Ray works at the University of Queensland as a researcher in sustainability strategy, a lecturer in sustainable architecture, and co-director of the award-winning Project Habitation. His work spans the built environment, knowledge systems, and visual approaches for collaborating to solve complex problems. Ray is passionate about developing interdisciplinary collaborative networks to support more integrated sustainability initiatives.

Dr Ray Maher

Chris Lewis, Co-chairChris has worked with Geoscience Australia since 2010. His background is in geochronology and isotopic geochemistry, but he considers himself a 'generalist' geologist/geoscientist with a broad range of skill sets and interests in all aspects of geoscience, leadership and management. Chris has a passion for creating an environment where all ECRPs are empowered to remain in their fields of research and reducing the attrition of future science-leaders through increased engagement with other ECRPs.

Chris Lewis

Sarah Crowe, Secretariat support—Sarah is at the coal face (or should we say the renewable energy face) of the ECRP program. She, with guidance from Dr Tayanah O’Donnell, provides the secretariat support for the Future Earth Australia ECRP program which includes organising all events, corresponding with the wider Future Earth Australia network, and keeping Chris and Ray in check! Sarah is passionate about supporting ECRPs to better connect and share their work with peers in other disciplines.

Sarah Crow

As the Future Earth Australia ECRP program grows we would love to keep you all up to date with what is happening. If you would like to find out more information about the Future Earth Australia ECRP program and how you can be involved, please don’t hesitate to email us: futureearthaustralia@science.org.au