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Being an ECS representative

Early career scientist representatives are a crucial link between the EGU and the early career scientist community. They are vital in providing feedback from students and early career researchers, so that we can take action to improve our early career scientists activities at the EGU General Assembly and maintain our support for early career scientists throughout the year.

As well as giving you the platform to interact with a large network of researchers in your field, being an early career scientists representative is a great opportunity to build on your communications skills, boost your CV and influence the activities of Europe’s largest geoscientific association.

Within each scientific division, representatives can also take on a variety of tasks, according to their areas of expertise and interest. These can include (but aren’t limited to): organising events for early career scientists at our annual General Assembly, outreach to early career scientists and the wider public through social media or a division blog, or establishing a mentoring programme for other early career scientists. For a first-hand account of what it’s like to be an early career scientists representative, see this interview with the former Union-level representative, Wouter Berghuijs.

Interested? Currently, all Divisions have an appointed ECS representative; however stay tuned to the Division pages for calls for future vacancies.

If you would like to get involved in ECS activitie contact your early career scientists representative.

If you are interested in being an early career scientists representative, or have any questions about getting involved in the Union, please contact the EGU Communications Officer at networking@egu.eu.

How are ECS Representatives Appointed

Division ECS Representatives

Each EGU division president determines their division’s internal structure, which may differ from division to division. The internal organisation of each division (the various officers, including ECS representatives) is decided by voting at the annual division meeting during the General Assembly.

Since the 2014 General Assembly, the majority of the divisions that required new ECS representatives sought candidates on the run up prior to the Assembly via an open call. Following the presentation of the candidates during the annual division meeting, the members voted for their preferred candidate. Representatives serve for two years, are able to serve for a maximum of two terms and must fulfil the definition of the ECS.

Union-Level Representatives

In addition to ECS representatives in each of the divisions, there is also a representative at Union level. Prior to the 2015 GA, this representative sat only on the Programme Committee, but following a proposal made to Council, has now been granted a non-voting seat on the EGU Council.

As of 2015, the election process for this position, which happens on an annual basis, is as follows:

  • Candidates, from amongst the division ECS representatives, put themselves forward for the position of Union-level representative via submission of a short mission statement.
  • The division ECS representatives vote to nominate a new Union-level representative at their meeting during the GA.

The elected Union-level representative serves one year as deputy Union-level representative. After this, he or she becomes the Union-level representative and serves a further one-year term in that position, while a newly nominated Union-level representative serves as deputy.