Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline [EXTENDED]:
    28 March 2016
  • Early booking deadline for exhibitors:
    29 April 2016
  • Submission deadline for the Early Career Researcher session:
    30 June 2016
  • Early registration deadline:
    10 July 2016
  • Paper submission deadline:
    22 July 2016
  • Registration deadline:
    12 August 2016

Early career researchers

Early career hot seat

Organisers: Gianluca Gubbiotti, Paul Keatley and Helmut Schultheiss


This symposium is aimed at Early Career Researchers who will each take the ‘hot-seat’ to present a 5 minute summary that outlines the aims of their research project and how these will be achieved.  The proposal of a new project, such as a post-doctoral fellowship, or the research aims of an existing PhD or post-doctoral project can be presented.  Each presentation will be followed by a 5 minute question and feedback session with the audience of other Early Career Researchers.  Each presentation will be peer reviewed through audience participation using a feedback and rating system, with the most highly rated project receiving a prize.  In addition to excellent presentation skills (including timekeeping!) and novel scientific content, the demonstration of the student’s ownership of the project and the development of ideas to see it through will be sought by the audience.  This session will be informal with light refreshments, including wine or beer, to help to make this symposium an enjoyable one.  While we hope to foster the spirit of international presentation and networking, we also hope that this session will provide an opportunity for Early Career Researchers to improve on their presentation skills through constructive feedback.

This is the first year that this session has run and will accommodate 12 presentations.  To be eligible for this symposium you must be either a PhD student, or within two years of receiving a PhD before the JEMS conference (21 August 2016). 

To provide Early Career Researches valuable experience of an oral presentation at an international conference, the Early Career session will be open to attendees of the JEMS conference who were allocated a poster presentation for their regular JEMS abstract submission. 

  • Early Career session abstracts of no more than 200 words should be submitted by email. The deadline is 30 June. 
  • Please email and include abstract file (word.doc or PDF) as attachment. 
  • Please put the email subject: 'Early Career Session' in order to be consider for this symposium.

As part of the session we are seeking to enlist a small number of esteemed researchers, with fully established and highly successful research careers, to impart some of the best advice to the newest members of our research community.