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ECCO - A new initiative to support early-career researchers in the complement field

Poppelaars, Felix, Gaya da Costa, Mariana, Inkeri Lokki, A., Mallah, Khalil, Nord, Dianna, Reddaway, Jack and Schäfer, Nicole 2022. ECCO - A new initiative to support early-career researchers in the complement field. Molecular Immunology 141 , pp. 104-107. 10.1016/j.molimm.2021.11.018

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Research on the complement system, like most areas of immunology, has seen tremendous progress over the last decades. Further advances in the complement field will rely on the next generation of scientific leaders, which are today's early-career researchers (ECRs). ECRs are emerging scientists who obtained their PhD degree within the past five years. They represent a distinct population within the scientific community, and accordingly have unique needs. Unfortunately, ECRs are faced with significant challenges that require customized solutions. The current paper provides a snapshot of the major obstacles ECRs face, such as an unhealthy work-life balance, lack of mentor and peer support, and uncertain career prospects. Efforts must consequently be taken to ensure stability and success of ECRs, not only to benefit these researchers in the early stages of their career, but the entire field of complement research. The Early-Career Complementologists (ECCO) was, therefore, launched as a new Task Force to support ECRs in the complement field. This new initiative aims to support and connect ECRs in the complement field worldwide. Furthermore, ECCO is supported by both the International Complement Society (ICS) and the European Complement Network (ECN); two professional societies led by scientists investigating the complement system.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0161-5890
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 14 March 2022
Date of Acceptance: 27 November 2021
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2022 20:52

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