In conjunction with the OSC, WCRP is also conducting a dedicated two day Symposium for Early and Mid-Career Researchers(EMCR)1 on 22 October 2023 - one day before the main OSC start date (pre-OSC EMCR day) and on 28 October 2023, the day after the OSC ends (post-OSC EMCR day). In addition to these two dedicated sessions, a strong EMCR presence and involvement are expected during the main conference.

Places are limited and interested participants must:

  • Submit an abstract to the Open Science Conference, and
  • Express their interest in attending the EMCR Symposium through the abstract submission portal. 

The deadline for abstract submissions and expressions of interest to attend the EMCR Symposium is 14th March (extended deadline). Applicants will be notified about their selection in May 2023.

The Symposium is hosted by the African Institute of Mathematical Science (AIMS) Rwanda and is collaboratively being planned with EMCR networks.

EMCR Symposium Scientific Organizing Committee

Carla Gulizia* - University of Buenos Aires (Argentina). Faten Bahar* - University of Carthage (Tunisia). Gaby Langendijk* - Climate Service Center (Germany). Hindumathi Palanisamy - (WCRP Secretariat). Leandro Diaz* - University of Buenos Aires (Argentina). Mouhamadou Bamba Sylla - African Institute of Mathematical Science (Rwanda). Orly Lachmi - Open University of Israel.  Pascale Braconnot - Institut Pierre-Simon Laplace, IPSL (France). Roxy Mathew Koll - Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (India). Shipra Jain* - Centre for Climate Research (Singapore). Sidiki Sanogo - Institute Pierre-Simon Laplace, IPSL (France).  Valentina Rabanal* - YESS Secretariat, University of Buenos Aires (Argentina). 

*Young Earth System Scientists (YESS) members.

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.
  • 'Table Topics' evenings on 24 and 25 October: EMCRs can choose tables with topics of their interest and discuss them with experts and peers. The topics will be announced soon. 
  • 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 the participation of EMCRs to attend the EMCR events and the WCRP Open Science Conference. Participants in need of travel support are requested to express their interest in the abstract submission portal. A selection process will take place after the abstract submission deadline. 

1What counts as an Early or Mid-Career Researcher (EMCRs)?
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 the highest obtained degree (excluding parental and care leave).


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