Sustainable early-career networks

The Young Earth System Scientists community (YESS) was founded in Hamburg in 2010 as a collaboration of students of the graduate schools IMPRS-ESM and SICCS. In the last year the community has grown internationally and is currently in discussion with WMO's research programs World Climate Research Program (WCRP) and World Weather Research Program (WWRP) to create a global, sustainable, bottom-up early career network. To enhance discussion Dr. Florian Rauser, Dr. Vera Schemann and Dr. Sebastian Sonntag, all three young scientists and PostDocs or Alumni at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), have published an opinion piece on the necessity of such early career networks in Nature Geoscience.

A truly global science community for the next generation of researchers will be essential if mankind is to tackle Earth system sustainability. Top-down support from funders should meet bottom-up initiatives - at a pace fast enough to meet that of early-career progress. The authors want to build a unified global early-career community that bridges the institutional gaps between weather and climate research, and that strongly focuses on interdisciplinarity in general, including the social sciences and humanities. They envisage this future community to be organized from the bottom up through the enthusiasm of young researchers, while being supported from the top down by existing organisations. They would like their network to help address integrated Earth system research questions in the next decades.

Orginal publication:
Rauser, F., Schemann, V., & Sonntag, S. (2015). Sustainable early-career networks. Nature Geoscience, 8, 745-746. Opens external link in current windowdoi:10.1038/ngeo2541

Dr. Florian Rauser
Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
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