“Going from the strong PhD community to the early career researcher stage can give you a feeling of isolation, uncertainty and a lack of security, especially when you are moving around on short-term contracts,” she said.
Mirroring the popular #PhDchat Twitter channel, #ECRchat allows researchers to discuss issues such as the best time to start a family or how to change tack on research (see box below). Archives of chats and additional advice are collated on a website dedicated to the community, with topics for future chats voted on by users.
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