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My winning proposal: Chance for junior researchers to think big

Pictured, left to right: Dr Manuel Spitschen; Dr Laura Kervezee; Dr Renske Lok; Dr Elise McGlashan; Dr Ray Najjar

Early career researchers can build networks around societal challenges through Europe’s Institutes for Advanced Study

Top tips

  • Keep the focus on social impact—don’t see the project as a line on your CV
  • Make the most of buy-in from non-academic organisations
  • Build a team you want to work with, where everyone brings something different
  • Bringing together researchers from different countries is a plus

Now in its third year, the Constructive Advanced Thinking programme from the Network of European Institutes for Advanced Study gives early career researchers a chance to push forward research agendas for societal challenges.

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