What counts as an Early or Mid-Career Researcher?

Early career researchers (ECRs) are master and PhD students, researchers, and practitioners within 7 years of highest obtained degree (excluding parental and care leave). Practitioners are those working at the interface of society, policy, practice, and research. 

Mid-career scientists (MCRs) are researchers and practitioners between 8 and 15 years of highest obtained degree (excluding parental and care leave).

EMCR event vision

A two-day event/symposium dedicated to the EMCR is planned, with the first day occuring one day before the main OSC start date (pre-OSC EMCR day) and Day 2 occuring the day after the OSC ends (post-OSC EMCR day). In addition to these two dedicated sessions, a strong EMCR presence and involvement is expected during the main Conference events.

The Symposium will be defined and collaboratively planned with EMCR networks.

EMCRs engagement goals during OSC

  • Share main outcomes of the pre-OSC event at relevant OSC sessions.
  • Enhance EMCR prominence at the main conference, e.g. chair plenary sessions, propose specific sessions, convene/co-convene parallel sessions, organize town hall discussions, evaluate posters and student talks (as member of evaluation committee), and rapporteur for particular sessions.
  • Increase EMCR visibility through flash talks, discussions around poster sessions, and more visibility within existing EMCRs networks.
  • Include Table Topics during the OSC (at meal times) where people can choose tables where they wish to sit based on topics of discussion and specially of interest for EMCRs.
  • Establish contacts with seasoned experts.
  • Highlight ECRs work, e.g. with poster/presentation judging.
  • Discuss how EMCRs can actively engage with working groups of WCRP activities or LHA (LHAs to develop projects for the EMCRs).

EMCRs and financial support

A limited amount of financial support will be available to enable and support participation of EMCRs to attend the EMCR events and the WCRP Open Science Conference.




To receive information concerning the WCRP OSC 2023, please fill in the form available here, or contact us at WCRP-OSC23@wcrp-climate.org