Early-Career Coordinated Distributed Experiments: Empowerment Through Collaboration

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  • Ada Pastor Oliveras
  • Elena Hernández Del Amo, Universitat de Girona
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  • Pau Gimenez Grau
  • Mireia Fillol, Catalan Institute for Water Research
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  • Olatz Pereda, University of the Basque Country
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  • Lorea Flores, University of the Basque Country
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  • Isis Sanpera-Calbet, Universitat de Barcelona, Spanien
  • Andrea G. Bravo, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spanien
  • Eduardo J. Martin, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), Dübendorf
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  • Sílvia Poblador, Universitat de Barcelona, Spanien
  • Maite Arroita, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU
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  • Rubén Rasines-Ladero, Water Institute, Spanien
  • Celia Ruiz, CSIC - Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (MNCN)
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  • Rubén del Campo, Universidad de Murcía
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  • Meritxell Abril, The University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia, Spanien
  • Marta Reyes, Swiss Federeal Institue of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG)
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  • Joan Pere Casas-Ruiz, Université du Québec à Montréal
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  • Diego Fernández, University of Koblenz-Landau, Tyskland
  • Núria De Castro-Català, Universitat de Barcelona
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  • Irene Tornero, Universitat de Girona
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  • Carlos Palacin-Lizarbe, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spanien
  • María Isabel Arce, Centro de Edafología y Biología Aplicada del Segura, Spanien
  • Juanita Mora-Gómez, Universite d'Orleans, Le Studium Loire Valley Institute for Advanced Studies
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  • Lluís Gómez-Gener, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
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  • Silvia Monroy, University of the Basque Country
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  • Anna Freixa, Catalan Institute for Water Research, Spanien
  • Anna Lupon, Centre d'Estudis Avançats de Blanes (CEAB-CSIC), Spanien
  • Alexia María González-Ferreras, Universidad de Cantabria
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  • Edurne Estévez, Universidad de Cantabria
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  • Pablo Rodríguez-Lozano, University of the Balearic Islands
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  • Libe Solagaistua, University of the Basque Country
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  • Tamara Rodríguez-Castillo, Universidad de Cantabria, Spanien
  • Ibon Aristi, University of the Basque Country
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  • Aingeru Martínez, University of the Basque Country
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  • Núria Catalán, Catalan Institute for Water Research

Coordinated distributed experiments (CDEs) enable the study of large-scale ecological patterns in geographically dispersed areas, while simultaneously providing broad academic and personal benefits for the participants. However, the effective involvement of early-career researchers (ECRs) presents major challenges. Here, we analyze the benefits and challenges of the first CDE exclusively led and conducted by ECRs (i.e. ECR-CDE), which sets a baseline for similar CDEs, and we provide recommendations for successful CDE execution. ECR-CDEs achieve most of the outcomes identified in conventional CDEs as well as extensive benefits for the young cohort of researchers, including: (i) receiving scientific credit, (ii) peer-training in new concepts and methods, (iii) developing leadership and communication skills, (iv) promoting a peer network among ECRs, and (v) building on individual engagement and independence. We also discuss the challenges of ECR-CDEs, which are mainly derived from the lack of independence and instability of the participants, and we suggest mechanisms to address them, such as resource re-allocation and communication strategies. We conclude that ECR-CDEs can be a relevant tool to empower ECRs across disciplines by fostering their training, networking and personal well-being.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummer13
TidsskriftFrontiers in Education
Vol/bind5
Antal sider7
ISSN2504-284X
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StatusUdgivet - 2020

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