The Flux Trainee Committee is responsible for ensuring that trainees’ interests are represented in the Flux Society by providing training, resources, and avenues for connecting with other professionals in the field. Specifically, this committee is responsible for:
1) Researching the needs of predoctoral and postdoctoral members to determine how the Flux Society can provide support.
2) Generating opportunities for networking and mentorship.
3) Organizing symposia and workshops designed to address trainee members’ career development.
Na Yeon Kim
Suzanne van de Groep
Trainee Congress activities and initiatives (September 17 – 21, 2021)
To carry out the Committee’s commitment to trainees, we are pleased to announce the following Congress activities and initiatives.
The Mentor/Mentee Match pairs mentees with a senior academic faculty to provide mentees with valuable insights, guidance and advice to help students and early career researchers be successful in their academic pursuits and professional development. Mentors will be matched with 1 – 3 mentees and will be expected to meet with them one-on-one for 30 minutes during the Flux Congress (or soon afterwards). All are welcome to participate as a mentor or mentee. Information on how to sign up to come.
Connecting Science and Society: Panel Discussion & Workshop
The Flux Trainee Committee is organizing two events under the theme of “Connecting Science and Society.” Our first event will be a panel discussion where we will invite experts to share their experiences in communicating science to non-academic audiences, as well as involving citizens (i.e. your research population) in research. We hope to cover expertise on science journalism, translating science to policy-making, communicating with younger audiences, and citizen science.
The panel discussion will be followed by a trainee-led workshop that is exclusively open to Flux trainee members (i.e., students and post-docs). In this workshop attendees will brainstorm in small groups about a project of their own choice that aims to connect science and society. For example, attendees can devise their own science communication or citizen science project. After the workshop, attendees will pitch their initial ideas for a project and receive feedback. We encourage attendees to carry out the project within the next year, but this is not obligatory. Progress on implemented projects can be presented in poster format at Flux 2022. Trainees who attend this workshop will have a better understanding of the ways in which science and society can have mutually beneficial connections, will have networked with other trainees, and will find out whether they want to pursue future projects in which they aim to foster a connection between science and society.
Career Perspectives Panel
This panel discussion will include a diverse set of experts, who work within and/or outside of academia. Besides sharing their own stories about successes and struggles, they will provide hands-on advice on how to navigate the job market as an early career researcher. The goal of this session is to inspire (particularly) early career researchers about possible career trajectories as well as to discuss some common choices everyone faces. To stimulate an open and honest discussion, this session will not be recorded. Stay tuned for more information.