The early-career period is one of the most stressful stages for a researcher. And based on overwhelming support detected among respondents to our 2018 survey, the GPC has recently established an ECR International Network, the ECRi.

ECRi is a collection of activities addressed to help the ECRs with 4 essential pillars: job hunting, grant funding, dissemination of research results and networking. In its first year, the Facebook group launched as part of this initiative has gathered well over 100o members. Besides Facebook, GPC is additionally employing other social media communication strategies, such as a monthly Twitterstorm of job ads, sharing commonly over 100 positions per storm. Beginning in 2019, we are organizing workshops, at international conferences and online, that will target ECR training in disseminating their research.

2019 Program

  1. The monthly #plantscijobs “storm” on Twitter. The principal GPC twitter account has, as for today, over 7000 followers. During one-hour, we tweet multiple job offers from the GPC principal Twitter account with the hashtag #plantscijobs
  2. A Facebook group, linked to the GPC Facebook page, has been created, in order to post job offers related to plant science. Those offers are posted regularly, with the hashtags #plantscijobs, #plantscigrants, #plantsciprizes, #plantscinternships
  3. The first workshop revolve on how to promote “your” science to the media and general public. This training was part of the Arabidopsis Conference in China.

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In order to facilitate networking among the ECR, GPC will intensify its use of Plantae, as you know, a plantsci social platform that GPC helped to set up. Additionally, we have set up a mailing list where ECRs can sign-in here.

Please contact Barry Pogson (, Chair of the GPC and Isabel Mendoza (, Communications Officer with suggestions. Any offers of help in rolling out this network will be greatly appreciated.