One of Future Earth’s focuses is on engaging diverse early career professionals from a range of disciplines and sectors.

Future Earth works with the Early Career Researcher Network of Networks (NoN) to bring together professionals to strengthen their capacities in conducting research around global sustainability. Our goal is to generate solutions for sustainability and improve our understanding of the physical, biogeochemical, and human dimensions of global environmental change.

Future Earth engages with a wide variety of early career researchers, practitioners, artists, and academic activists. We work with researchers in the natural and social sciences and the humanities. We also reach out to professionals in policy, business, the technology industry, agriculture, civil society, and much more.

We define early career professionals as anyone whose career has started within the last 10 years and who is connected to sustainability. This includes researchers who have received their Bachelor’s or Master’s qualification within the last 10 years or their Doctorate within the last 6 years, as well as professionals working at the interface of society, policy, practice, and research.

Get Involved

Join the Early Career Professionals Group in the Future Earth Member Portal to connect with other professionals and receive important updates.

Early Career Researchers (ECR) Liaisons

Yu-Chun, Dolly Chung
Santiago Ramirez Said
Sophie H. L. Su
Zhongming Gao

Meet some of the outstanding early career researchers involved in Future Earth.

Giovanni Avila-Flores
Leopoldo Cavaleri Gerhardinger
Noelia Zafra Calvo
Ajibola Akanji
Dhanasree Jayaram
Ethemcan Turhan
Geoffrey Mwangi Wambugu
Maria Martinez-Harms

Joining the Future Earth Early Career Professionals Network entails numerous benefits:

  • Engage with other early career professionals through one-on-one and group conversations.
  • Get the latest scientific research results around sustainability.
  • Stay up to date with funding opportunities and relevant vacancies.
  • Be the first to know about exciting conferences and workshops.

Resources and Links

Members of our network also get the chance to be involved in various Future Earth activities and structures, such as our Knowledge-Action Networks, international offices and conferences. We also engage with existing and emerging initiatives and networks that work to empower the next generation.


ECR Champions share their experiences and thoughts on the Sustainable, Research and Innovation Congress 2021 (SRI2021)

Young Leaders for Sustainability, a program of the Collective Leadership Institute.

Publications and blog posts from early career researchers and professionals.

Travel grant recipients from the 2017 Future Earth sustainability travel grant scheme.

Watch: Early career webinar series on the science-policy interface.

Several of our GRPs have created early career networks, such as Earth System Governance, IMBeR, PAGES, Global Land Programme, and the Interdisciplinary Marine Early Career Network (IMECaN). For more information on other GRP early career opportunities, please contact the projects directly.