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The WGNV Early Career Researcher (ECR) Network is an informal network of people engaged or interested in TB vaccine research & development (R&D) who identify as an ECR and/or support the advancement of ECRs. The purpose of the ECR Network is to provide resources, support, and networking opportunities for ECRs. The ECR Network is led by a Steering Committee made up of ECRs.

The ECR Network coordinates activities to support and engage ECRs. These may include virtual networking sessions, online and in-person networking opportunities, workshops and talk to the experts sessions on topics that are important to ECRs, and opportunities to raise the visibility of ECRs in the TB vaccine R&D space.

Joining the ECR Network

The ECR Network is open to members of the WGNV who identify as an ECR and more senior researchers who want to contribute to activities to support ECRs. WGNV membership is free of charge and is open to anyone who is interested in and supportive of the development of new, more effective TB vaccines.

Read our FAQs below to learn more.


Upcoming Activities

Anastasia Koch of Eh!woza will talk about how she became involved in community and public engagement (CPE). She will also discuss the importance of CPE to ensure vaccines are appropriately understood, taken up and trusted in communities that need the most, and how CPE also provides the opportunity to gain insights into perspectives of health challenges.

Past Activities

7 March 2024
The ECR Network held an online informal discussion and networking session among ECRs to learn what activities and topics members would like the Network to explore in 2024.

29 June 2023
Dr. Eileen Foy (Vir Biotechnology) spoke with participants about how her experience working in biotech and career path opportunities in the private sector.

30 March 2023
Alan Sher (NIAID, NIH) talked with participants about how to start up and maintain a successful research group, including managing the complex diversity of trainees while balancing the requirements and expectations of being a group leader.

15 February 2023
Mike Leipold (Stanford University School of Medicine) discussed opportunities to pursue and sustain a career in science without the pressure of the need or expectation to be a PI and/or Professor.

Read the blog summarizing the discussion sessions with Drs. Leipold and Sher.

29 September 2022
Virtual Coffee Corner online networking session

Click here to view the ECR Network Terms of Reference