This committee aims to act as a voice for people in their early career, whether they are students, horticulturalists, or anyone, of any age or background, who has an interest in orchid conservation and is at an early stage in their career.
The committee acts as the official representatives on the OSG for the much larger, international network of network members. Anyone can get involved and be a member of this network, in order to contribute to and benefit from the group. Please explore our site - http://orchidearlycareer.myspecies.info/, add to the forums, and let us know if you'd like to contribute other information to the site (eg. images, documents). The site/forums will be as useful as members make them!
Participating in the website/network is easy - to sign up, just create an account to start posting in the forums. The aims of the OSG Early Career Committee are:
- To promote the research of students and those in the early stages of their careers* in orchid conservation, particularly at conferences
- To maintain student and early career representation at orchid conservation meetings and conferences, especially those of or involving the Orchid Specialist Group
- To provide an international network of researchers in their early careers with a means of sharing information about current projects, conferences, workshops, funding opportunities, etc
Forging a successful career in orchid research and/ or conservation can be a challenging affair. Simply getting your research heard at conferences can pose a significant limitation, often because of a lack of funding or an absence of student presentations in the program. Even with a successful graduate or postgraduate qualification, taking the next step involves making extensive contacts and finding out about positions and internships being advertised internationally. Equally as important is the connection between early career researchers, finding out how to get scientific collecting permits, handy tips on laboratory techniques, potential field assistance, and ensuring that we’re not reinventing the wheel the world over.
The aims of the Early Career Committee are to address and meet some of these needs for the international orchid community. Formed unofficially at the 2nd IOCC in Sarasota, Florida in May 2004, and at the 8th World Orchid Conference in Dijon, France in March 2005, the 3rd International Orchid Conservation Congress (IOCC) in San Jose, Costa Rica in March 2007, saw the formal creation of the IUCN Orchid Specialist Group Early Career Committee.