Early Career Colloquium

The purpose of the Early Career Colloquium (ECC) is to provide a high-quality mentorship and networking opportunity for early career researchers who work in an iSchool, a similar department, or want to work in an iSchool (e.g., post-doctoral fellows, assistant professors). During the colloquium, early career scholars will share their research plans and aspirations with accomplished mentors that have expertise in various interdisciplinary areas represented within the iSchool community, as well as extensive experience in grant writing, promotion and/or tenure review, the peer-review process, teaching, and professional service. Early career scholars will engage in discourse with these mentors and their peers to improve their understanding of having a successful career in an iSchool.

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Overview

We plan to offer a total of three Early Career Colloquia, one for each of our three regions - Asia Pacific, Europe & Africa, and Americas. We feel this regional approach will help us better target the needs of our participants. While the Early Career Colloquia for the Asia Pacific and Americas region will be virtual, the European Early Career Colloquium will take place physically in Barcelona, Spain, there will not be a virtual session.

Note that participation in the European Early Career Colloquium is not restricted to applicants from Europe only. We want to give all applicants the choice to pick the type of session that is most convenient for them, and welcome applications from accross the globe to join us in Barcelona if you are able to travel.

During the iConference 2023, participation in the Early Career Colloquia will be restricted to those who have applied and been accepted; the colloquia will not be open to observers. Participants in the Early Career Colloquia will be selected based on their application, perceived relevance and potential contribution to research in the information field, and their anticipated contribution to the colloquia goals. The applications will be reviewed by the chairs and a jury of reviewers. Emphasis will be placed on the formation of groups of participants whose research careers are at a stage that can best benefit from the colloquia and who reflect individual excellence and motivation while at the same time contributing to the colloquia objectives and the aggregate diversity of the cohort.

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Application

The Early Career Colloquia are open to scholars within five years since completing their Ph.D. at the time of application submission. Early career scholars will be chosen through a competitive application process. Scholars with involvement in iSchool-related research are encouraged to apply.

Each application should contain the following within one PDF document in the following order and be submitted through the ConfTool submission system by Oct. 30, 2022. All materials must be in English.

 

  • A cover page containing

    • Name

    • Institution

    • Current position

    • Personal webpage

    • E-mail address

    • Region for application

  • A 1-page personal statement including

    • Research topic and/or specialization (e.g., research questions)

    • Current career status 

    • Career objectives

    • Reason for participating

    • Research and career challenges to explore in the colloquium

  • Career-related questions 

  • Current CV

Participation & Format

In order to promote extended interaction among conference attendees, those accepted for the Early Career Colloquia will be expected to meet the following obligations after they have been accepted:

  • Register for the iConference during the early-bird period, and participate throughout the entire iConference.

  • Applicants for the European Early Career Colloquium are expected to participate physically in Barcelona, Spain.

  • Applicants outside of Europe are welcome to participate physically. Please indicate your interest in the application.​​

Each regional colloquium is projected to be a half-day event, with multiple small group discussions. In these colloquia, we will focus on collaborative inquiry and scholarly discourse with peers and a panel of experienced faculty serving as mentors. 

Main activities include: 

  • Discussion on crafting a research agenda, careers paths, and teaching strategies with mentors and peers. This discussion will include an analysis of potential disruptions during a pandemic and corresponding solutions. 

  • Opportunities for group and individual consultation and networking between early career scholars and senior colleagues, exploring potentials for long-term mentorship from accomplished mentors in the early scholars’ field(s) of interest.

  • Meeting with journal editors and conference Associate Chairs to discuss the writing and reviewing process in highly regarded journals and conferences. 

Prior to the session, a few preparatory activities are required to enable us to use the time within the session as best as possible. More information will be forthcoming once selected.

 

 
 

Timeline

Submission portal opens: May 23, 2022

Submission deadline: Oct. 30, 2022​

Decision notification date: mid Nov., 2022

All deadlines are in GMT-11 23:59.

Early Career Colloquium Chairs

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Mary Grace Golfo-Barcelona

Early Career Colloquium Chair

University of the Philippines

The Philippines

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Kate McDowell

Early Career Colloquium Chair

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

United States of America

Stefanie Havelka
Stefanie Havelka

Early Career Colloquium Chair

University College Dublin

Ireland

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J. Stephen Downie

Early Career Colloquium Chair

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

United States of America

 

Questions

Contact the chairs listed above with questions about this track.

Contact staff regarding iConference 2023 in general.