Early Career Researchers

Our goal is to help shape the next generation of CCS leaders.


Find out more about how the UKCCSRC supports Early Career Researchers.

Early Career Researchers (ECRs) are an important part of the UKCCSRC community.  Our ECR members are from a broad range of fields within CCS research.

Here’s how you can get involved:


UKCCSRC Early Career Researcher (ECR) Programme

The UKCCSRC ECR programme provides training, funding and networking opportunities for our ECR members, supporting researchers training for academic careers, and for futures outside academia. We run development Awaydays, ECR funding calls and we facilitate interdisciplinary networking and other ECR activities.

Current opportunities and funding: 

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ECR Net Zero Conference (Birmingham, 27-28 February 2024)

We’re thrilled to be running another ECR Net Zero Conference in 2024, in collaboration with C-DICE, CO2RE, EDI+, EDRC, ERA, IDRIC, IGNITE+, HI-ACT, Supergen Bioenergy Hub, SUSTAIN, UKERC and UK-HyRES!

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ECR Awayday 26th March 2024, Manchester

We are holding an ECR awayday in Manchester, ahead of our Spring Conference 2024

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ECR Meeting Fund: UKCCSRC ECR Awayday and/or UKCCSRC Spring Conference 2024

Find out about past and present ECR programme activities by clicking on the tiles below.

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ECR Awaydays and Events

Our ECR Awaydays cover skills relevant to both academic and non-academic careers and provide an opportunity for ECRs to connect with peers within CCS.

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ECR Funding

Our funding opportunities for ECRs include support to attend our conferences and events, funding for collaborations and activities, and the chance to apply for our flexible funding.

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ECR Opportunities

The UKCCSRC provides opportunities for ECRs including the chance to present research internationally and in the UK, enter competitions and steer the ECR programme.


Become a member

ECR membership is open to postgraduate research students, post-doctoral staff and new lecturers working in a field related to CCS. By becoming an ECR member you’ll have access to the programme, and you can sign up to the mailing list to receive the newsletter and specific ECR bulletins letting you know what’s going on. You can opt to have your biography in the Members Directory. Find out more about UKCCSRC ECR eligibility criteria and apply for membership.


Attend our events

The UKCCSRC runs two conferences a year and a regular web series.  We also run ECR specific events and training days, including in-person Awaydays, and we reserve places for ECRs at many of our workshops. As well as networking with peers, attending our events gives you the chance to meet senior academics in the field, and industry and government employers. Our events cover topics across the whole CCS landscape, and to make sure our ECRs are able to attend we often open the ECR Meeting Fund.


Create content for us

Many of our ECR community contribute to our blogs, newsletter and social media channels.  We’d love to hear about your research and share it with our members! Get in touch with us at info@ukccsrc.ac.uk.  We have also delivered ECR communications training and held video and visual communications competitions.  Our conferences include an ECR Poster Prize competition and our Awaydays often include the chance to present your own research.


Join the ECR Working Group

The ECR Working Group has three UKCCSRC ECR members who work alongside the Secretariat to develop the ECR programme.  They help to steer the programme and organise ECR events, including Awaydays and are involved in supporting the strategic direction of the UKCCSRC. The ECR Working Group members also represent the UKCCSRC ECR community as part of the Advisory Council. Membership of the working group is via an application process.

Click on the images below to read about our previous ECR Working Group members.