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Early Career Researcher Training Workshop 2019 Curation and Management: Current Achievements and Future Challenges

Thank you for the overwhelming number of applications for this EGU–WDS Workshop! The Call for Applications is now closed, and the WDS Scientific Committee is in the process of selecting those who will participate.


The management and curation of research data is a very timely topic. All researchers rely on data they have themselves collected or that are the outputs of previous studies. Moreover, researchers are increasingly required to organize the long-term storage and access of the data used to obtain their results. As such, data training is highly relevant to budding scientists as they embark on their careers!

With many thanks to the generous sponsorship of the European Geosciences Union (EGU), the World Data System of the International Science Council (WDS) is delighted to offer a Research Data Management (RDM) Training Workshop aimed at early career researchers and scientists (ECRs).

The Workshop will take place on 6–8 November 2019 at Institut de Physique du Globe in Paris, France. Twenty-four (24) seats are available, for whom dormitory accommodation (FIAP) and meals will be covered. There is also limited funding available towards some participants travel costs. If more people apply than there are places available, selection of participants by the WDS Scientific Committee (WDS-SC) will be based upon their interest in the Workshop.

When: PM on Wednesday, 6 November to PM on Friday, 8 November

Where: Council Room, Institut de Physique du Globe, Paris (Map)

Accommodation: 4-person dormitory rooms at FIAP, Paris (Map)

Day 1: Dinner
Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Breakfast, Lunch

# of Participants: 24

Important Dates:
Call for Applications Open: Wednesday, 12 June 2019
Call for Applications Closed: Monday, 12 August 2019
Notification of Acceptance: Monday, 16 September 2019
Confirmation from attendee: Monday, 14 October 2019

Expected Participants

Participants are in the early stages of their career, with both PhD students and Post-docs welcomed.

Since the Workshop is sponsored by EGU, attendees probably

  • Have a background in the Earth Sciences. Nevertheless, all scientific disciplines are in scope.
  • Are based in Europe, and the programme might have an EU focus. ECRs from outside of Europe may attend; however, limited funding means that requests to cover travels costs are likely to be rejected.

A gender balance will be strived for.


The following is covered for all participants:

  • Accommodation (dormitory): 6–8 November (two nights)
  • Meals: 6 November (dinner), 7 November (all), 8 November (breakfast, lunch) 

To the greatest extent possible, participants should cover their own transportation costs. A small amount of funding is available towards travel expenses (especially for those in the EU). 

Workshop Content

The purpose of the Workshop is to gain practical skills in data curation and management. Training will take the form of lectures and group discussions, plus working on individual problems. Possible topics are given below. However, to gauge the content of the training, potential participants are asked their expectations of the training in advance when submitting their applications.

A short survey will be given out to all participants at the start of the course that they can fill in as they go along, such that the trainers get a live snapshot of opinions.

All participants will be presented with a certificate of attendance at the end of the course.

Programme (Tentative)

Day 1 (PM)
 – Welcome
 – What are Research Data? The Data Lifecycle
 – Research Data Management
 – World Café: Individual Challenges and Expectations
Day 2
 – Data Management Plans
 – Ontologies and Knowledge Networks
 – Data Storage, Documentation, and Long-term Security
 – How to Exchange Data
 – Copyright and Plagiarism
 – Big Data
Day 3
 – Group Work on Data Exchange and Best Practices
 – Open Access (Versioning, Metadata,…)
 – Data Repositories and Their Certification
 – Role and Responsibility of WDS
 – WDS ECR Network
 – Feedback and Closing

TrainersTrainers (Tentative)

  • Prof Sandy Harrison (WDS-SC Chair; Professor of Palaeoclimates and Biogeochemical Cycles, University of Reading, UK)
  • Prof Aude Chambodut (WDS-SC; Director of the International Service of Geomagnetic Indices, Ecole et Observatoire des Sciences de la Terre, France)
  • Prof Elaine Faustman (WDS-SC; Professor and Director of the Institute for Risk Analyses and Risk Communication at the University of Washington, School of Public Health, US)
  • Dr Isabelle Gärtner-Roer (WDS-SC; Science Officer of the World Glacier Monitoring Service, Senior Researcher in the Glaciology and Geomorphodynamics Group, and Coordinator of the Zurich Graduate School in Geography at the Department of Geography at the University of Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Dr Ioana Popescu (WDS-SC; Associate Professor of Hydroinformatics at IHE-Delft Institute for Water Education, The Netherlands)
  • Miss Alice Frémand (WDS Early Career Researcher Network; Scientific Data Manager, UK Polar Data Centre, UK)
  • Dr Rorie Edmunds (Acting Executive Director, WDS International Programme Office)
  • Dr Karen Payne (Associate Director, WDS International Technology Office)