Special Session SS34  11 July 2023

Early Career Astronomers and their supporters

We welcome abstracts on the topics listed below, both from early-career researchers and more senior academics. Also, we welcome suggestions for invited speakers. You can submit abstract either via the official abstract portal or by email via eas21ss34@gmail.com.

If you require travel grants or fee waivers to attend this session (and EAS), please note that the deadline for those is the same as the abstract submission deadline (March 1, 2023).

Aims and scope

Diversity, inclusion, equity and support are crucial ingredients for the emergence of creative ideas and innovation, the building blocks of research. It is particularly important for Early Career Astronomers (ECAs) to connect and learn navigating the academic system in permanent evolution (e.g., responding to pandemic, climate change and diversity crises). Securing the next job, building a mentoring network, finding support at work while ultimately developing a sustainable behavior is important, yet challenging, particularly for underrepresented minorities in astronomy. Such issues must be addressed simultaneously internationally and at the level of individual institutions. This Early Career Astronomy Day at EAS 2023 aims to bring together scientists across generations to take the practical next steps addressing career challenges.

We invite astronomers from all career stages to participate in our session, to be involved as mentors and mentees, advisors and to share experiences and ideas throughout the sessions for how to best support early career astronomers. We particularly would also love to hear from astronomers with traditionally marginalized backgrounds and/or that are part of underrepresented groups in astronomy.

As the program develops, this page will be updated further with speakers and events.


The full program will be designed after receiving abstract submissions. However, we plan to cover a subset of the following topics:

  • Mental health and well-being in academia
  • Designing well-being surveys
  • Mentoring in academia, including a mentoring lunch
  • Group discussions on best practices to support ECRs
  • Academic culture across Europe and moving internationally
  • The role and ethics of AI in the future research of ECRs
  • ECR support on the national level

Invited speakers

Scientific organisers

Floor Broekgaarden, Harvard/CfA
Umut Demirbozan, IFAE
Neige Frankel, CITA
Abigail Frost, KU Leuven
Anniek Gloudemans, Leiden
Anne Inkenhaag, Radboud Universiteit
Valeriya Korol, MPA
Cormac Larkin, ARI & MPIK (chair)
Fabienne Nail, Amsterdam
Soheb Mandhai, Manchester
Parita Mehta, Warsaw
Jakob van den Eijnden, Oxford (co-chair)


eas21ss34 @ gmail.com
cormac.larkin @ uni-heidelberg.de

jakob.vandeneijnden @ st-hildas.ox.ac.uk

Updated on Wed Feb 01 13:18:30 CET 2023