Networking and support for heritage science students and ECRs

We are hosting a meeting on Friday 5 March (17:30-19:00) for heritage science students and early career researchers to discuss their career development and networking needs.

The National Heritage Science Forum (NHSF) and the Icon Heritage Science Group have both been asking themselves how they can support the networking and career development needs of heritage science students and early career researchers in the UK.

We've joined forces for this Zoom session on 5th March and hope that you can join us to hear about what we do and take part in discussions that will help us shape the support that we can provide to you in the future.

We thought the best way of developing support that is fit for purpose is to ask students and early career researchers to contribute directly to a conversation about what they need and how it can provided.

Here are some examples of the needs that we've identified from previous research, but you might feel there's a need for something else entirely - we hope you can join the conversation.

  • opportunities to present your research
  • mentoring
  • guidance on topics such as grant-writing, writing for publication
  • technical skills development opportunities
  • peer networking and discussion space
  • leadership development
  • links with industry


1. Welcome, about NHSF, about the Icon Heritage Science Group - Caroline Peach, Antanas Melinis

2. Heritage science: culture, collaboration and careers - Josep Grau-Bove

3. Introduction to the topics for discussion - Lora Angelova

  • What are the needs of heritage science students and ECRs?
  • How can NHSF/ Icon Heritage Science group or other bodies help?
  • What are the next steps for the heritage science community

4. Breakout into facilitated discussion groups - each group to discuss all three questions

5. Summary and reporting of breakout sessions

6. Wrap-up and identification of future actions

The event on the 5th is now fully booked, but you can join the waiting list by clicking 'register' at the Eventbrite link here

We hope to run a second event later in March given the popularity of this session.