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

We 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.

Get Involved

If you are interested in joining the Future Earth Early Career Professionals group, please contact

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 PhD within the last six years, as well as professionals working at the interface of society, policy, practice, and research.

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

Dhanasree Jayaram
Ethemcan Turhan
Geoffrey Mwangi Wambugu
Noelia Zafra Calvo
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, regional centres and conferences. We also engage with existing and emerging initiatives and networks that work to empower the next generation.

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.