Evolution Community Resources for Early Career Researchers (ECR^2) is a series of online events hosted by the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE), the American Society of Naturalists (ASN), and the Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB). These events have been organized by members of the SSE Graduate Student Advisory, the ASN Graduate Student Council, the SSB Graduate Student Council, and the SSE Communications Manager.
This series, taking place in July and August 2020, is aimed at re-creating some of the networking and professional development opportunities that are such a valuable part of our in-person Evolution meetings. While this began with a focus on supporting ECRs in a year without a meeting, we believe that many of the events will prove valuable to our members at any career stage.
The ECR^2 events feature a seminar and a variety of workshops, panels and discussion groups, and even feature a virtual edition of the popular small-group networking lunches! Many ECR^2 events were part of the planned schedule of events for the cancelled Evolution 2020 meeting in Cleveland, OH. Not every event workshop and special event planned for that meeting was included in the ECR^2 events due to logistical limitations. However, we hope we have provided a useful array of events for our members through this virtual series.
Funding sources for individual events are included on the Schedule page. Funding was also provided from SSE, ASN, and SSB for live closed captioning from AI Media. Funding for our Safety Officer, Dr. Sherry Marts, was provided by the three societies. Funding for this website was provided by the general Evolution Meeting Budget. Student and postdoc organizers from the three societies volunteered their time. Our moderators and many of our panelists also volunteered their time---thank you!
Some events were recorded and will be available for viewing on the ECR^2 YouTube channel pending editing. The plenary, by Dr. Joseph Graves, was also live-streamed. See more event-specific information on the Schedule page.