The 2nd ICOS Science Conference
on greenhouse gases and biogeochemical cycles
(27-29 September 2016)

Early career

The Early Career Workshop was held on Thursday 29 September 2016 at the conference venue.


The Early Career Workshop aims to shed some light on the career planning for Early Career Scientists (ECS). An ECS is an undergraduate or postgraduate (Masters/PhD) student or a sciencist who has received his or her highest degree (BSc, MSc, or PhD) wihin the past seven years. In the workshop there will be presentation and panel discussion on career planning. 



The invited talks will be given by Minna-Rosa Kanniainen and Jack Leeming.


Minna-Rosa Kanniainen: Career planning -what is it and how you do it.

Minna-Rosa works as a career councelor at the University of Helsinki Career services. Her tasks include councelling students, developing students´work life orientation and coordinating the group mentoring program at the university. She has a master's degree in social sciences and views the world through lenses of a social psychologist.


Jack Leeming: What’s out there? Your options as an early career scientist.

This talk will explain how and why early career scientists should consider broadening their options – research as an industry has been cracked open in recent decades, and academia is now only a part of a much larger ecosystem. Jack Leeming, the editor of Naturejobs at Nature, will run through some common techniques to help you decide your perfect career path, explain what he has learnt as a careers journalist, and will answer as many questions as he can in this  workshop.


Jack is the current editor of Naturejobs. He holds a Master’s degree in inorganic and materials chemistry, and has worked as a freelance writer, copyeditor and journalist for a variety of companies worldwide. He also has experience as a technical writer and project manager from time spent at a software development start-up. Jack’s interests are in chemistry, scientific communications & journalism and career services. He’s enjoyed his time at Naturejobs and is proud of its impact on the job search for scientists across the world. He lives and works in London.





Xuefei Li, University of Helsinki

, University of Helsinki