Increasing international collaboration opportunities for early career researchers

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Katie Moran1, Joseph Chen2, Brendan Williams3, Patcharaporn Srisaikaew4, Stephanie Noble5, James Shine6, Michael Milham7


1University of Manchester, Manchester, Greater Manchester, 2University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 3University of Reading, Reading, Berkshire, 4University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, 5Northeastern University, Boston, MA, 6University of Sydney, Sydney, NA, 7Child Mind Institute, New York, NY


Katie Moran  
University of Manchester
Manchester, Greater Manchester

Additional Organizer(s):

Joseph Chen  
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
Brendan Williams  
University of Reading
Reading, Berkshire
Patcharaporn Srisaikaew, Dr.  
University Health Network
Toronto, Ontario


Stephanie Noble  
Northeastern University
Boston, MA
Mac Shine  
University of Sydney
Sydney, NA
Michael Milham  
Child Mind Institute
New York, NY

Please describe the advantage of addressing the topic as a symposia:

This submission is made on behalf of the OHBM Student and Postdoc SIG.

A symposium is the ideal format to exhibit the variety of approaches early career researchers (ECRs) may take to build networks and form international collaborations. Building collaborations requires comprehensive and diverse insight, and our panel of intercontinental speakers followed by an engaging question and answer session will best meet the audience’s needs. This symposium will demonstrate ways international collaborations can be established, while also highlighting common challenges - which may be of particular interest to our largely doctoral/postdoctoral audience who likely face significant barriers in establishing international collaborations.

Provide a brief paragraph (roughly 250 words) describing the timeliness and importance of the topic and the desired learning outcomes.

Early career researchers form a large body of the academic workforce, and forming collaborations is important for developing professional skills and enhancing career prospects. In this symposium, we will highlight how to increase international collaboration opportunities for early career researchers. Our symposium will feature speakers with significant experience working collaboratively with other researchers from across the globe. The speakers will share their academic journey and their experiences of international collaboration, including some reflection on the challenges they faced and some insight as to how ECRs can begin, increase, and maintain international collaboration opportunities. This symposium will offer attendees the opportunity to discuss specific questions they may have regarding international collaboration with our speakers through a Q&A and panel discussion. This symposium provides important learning opportunities for trainees and ECRS to find out more about expanding and maintaining their network and building international collaborations.

List 2-3 specific learning objectives for the audience. Learning objectives are used for ACCME purposes.

1. Understand the strategies to increase international collaboration opportunities for trainees and early career researchers.
2. Explore the common challenges faced by trainees and ECRs in maintaining international collaborations.

Please identify your target audience (1-2 sentences).

Trainees (undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows) and ECRs, although we welcome more senior investigators to attend as well.

Please provide justification on why your speaker selection meets OHBM's selection criteria concerning diversity of speakers. As stated in our Code of Conduct, we explicitly honor diversity with respect to multiple factors including age, culture, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, political beliefs, profession, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. Inclusion of speakers from traditionally under-represented groups/nations is particularly encouraged.

If no, please provide justification.
Our speakers meet the OHBM selection criteria concerning the diversity of speakers. We have diversity in gender, race, and geographical location of our speakers. Furthermore, we have specifically aimed to achieve diversity in career stages (<5 years, 10 years, and 20 years post-PhD) to offer a broad range of views and experiences such that trainees may have a short-, medium-, and long-term view on our topic.