Career Advice Workshops

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Early Career Summer Workshop on Geoengineering

The Early Career Summer Workshop on Geoengineering will be held at NCAR, July 20-24, 2015. The Advanced Study Program summer (ASP) workshop on geoengineering is aimed at early career scientists (having received their Ph.D. no more than 5 years prior to the start of the workshop) who have a solid background in atmospheric or climate sciences and a strong interest to learn or extend their knowledge on geoengineering.

The Advanced Study Program of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, USA, is hosting a one-week summer workshop for up to 20 early career scientists on geoengineering the Earth’s climate with a focus on solar radiation management. The goal of the workshop is to introduce interested participants to the topic of geoengineering, critically review the research that has been done in recent years, and discuss present and future research directions. Travel and accommodation expenses for all participants will be provided.

For full information, please visit

How to apply

Please submit a CV, a statement of interest in this workshop (300 word maximum), and a budget for needed total or partial travel support together as one pdf file, to Please also request a letter of support from your supervisor or department chair to be sent separately to

The deadline is February 15, 2015. Decisions will be made by the end of February.

Catch up on two recent cryosphere workshops

AGU’s Cryosphere focus group and the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists  presented two career-related workshops during the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting.

Read the summaries for each here:

Getting out into the field
Career development mentor panel

Even if you’re not a cryospheric scientist, you’re sure to find the tips and advice in these reports useful and applicable to your career.


Destination Europe – explore research opportunities in Europe

Date – 12th and 13th December 2013
Location – Intercontinental Ballroom, 5th Floor InterContinental San Francisco Hotel 888 Howard Street

Participation is free but the number of places is limited, so prior registration is essential

Destination Europe‘ promotes awareness of the funding and career opportunities offered in Europe to researchers from anywhere in the world, as well as offering an insight to some of the excellent research activities.

National programmes as well as major European funding mechanisms such as the European Research Council and the Marie Curie Fellowship programme will be presented.

In addition to plenary sessions explaining major European funding schemes for individual researchers, there will be six thematic breakout sessions focusing on opportunities in the following areas:
•    Health and biosciences
•    Geophysics & Ocean Science
•    Social Sciences & Humanities
•    Information and Communication Technologies
•    Physics & Materials
•    Environment & Climate Change.

This is a really unique occasion for researchers of any nationality, interested in career opportunities in research and innovation in Europe.

Participation is free and registration is now open:


 DISCCRS VIII Interdisciplinary Climate Change Research Symposium
12–19 October 2013
La Foret Conference and Retreat Center (Colorado)

Application Deadline: 28 February 2013
Participation limited to 30 early-career Ph.D. scholars
Airfare and on-site expenses are supported through grants from NSF and NASA

The DISsertations initiative for the advancement of Climate Change ReSearch (DISCCRS, pronounced discourse) hosts symposia for early-career climate change researchers. Our goal is to catalyze international, interdisciplinary collegial networks and foster collaborative interdisciplinary research and dynamic interactions between science and society to enable us to better understand and respond to the myriad challenges posed by climate change.

During the weeklong symposium, 30 competitively selected recent Ph.D. graduates will share their research, engage in discussions with peers, mentors, and funding agency representatives, and hone their teambuilding and communication skills. Most importantly, scholars will depart from the symposium with a collegial peer network that extends across the full range of climate science. For an overview of recent symposium scholars, visit:

Eligibility: Ph.D. requirements completed between 1 September 2010 – 28 February 2013 in any field. Applicants should be conducting research relevant to the study of climate change, its impacts, or its societal implications. We encourage applicants from the biological, physical, and social sciences, mathematics, engineering, and other fields. While U.S. citizens and residents have preference, some funds are available for non-U.S. participants.

Symposium Application Instructions:



Includes information about DISCCRS symposia, as well as a searchable Ph.D. dissertation registry, career resources, and other information for climate researchers.

Ph.D. Dissertation Registry: – Browse this fully searchable database for an overview of recent climate change research and researchers, or to identify specific topics. – Join over 2800 climate change researchers by registering your Ph.D. dissertation citation and abstract. You will automatically receive the DISCCRS e-newsletter after you register.

Career Resources: – Includes resources for finding jobs, developing professional skills, locating funding opportunities, crafting grant proposals, and more.

DISCCRS Sponsoring Societies

U.S. National Science Foundation Collaborative Grants: SES-0931402 to the University of Oregon and
SES-0932916 to Whitman College
U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Grant NNX10AJ53G to Whitman College

DISCCRS Organizers
Ronald B. Mitchell (University of Oregon)
C. Susan Weiler (Whitman College)
Jennifer R. Marlon (Yale University)


Communicating Science to the Public Symposium and Webinar

Friday, December 14, 2012 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

This interactive workshop teaches presentation strategies for scientists, students, and early-career scientists to effectively communicate their work to the general public or to individuals outside of their field.

The 2012 AGU Fall Meeting Career Center has a full slate of career advice workshops lined up. Read the list here.

Preparing for an Academic Career in the Geosciences

June 27-30, 2012 

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Application deadline: 8 March 2012