The RAS Early Career Network was founded in 2020, as part of the bicentennial celebration programme. The role of the Early Career Network (ECN) is to provide support, networking and advice for early career Fellows. The ECN will be run by a steering committee, who will represent the views of the Early Career Fellows of the RAS.
The ECN committee are:
CHAIR: Aine O'Brien (Glasgow)
VICE CHAIR: Douglas Boubert (Oxford)
SECRETARY: Dominic Bowman (Leuven)
EVENTS TEAM LEAD: Frederick Richards (Imperial)
ADVOCACY TEAM LEAD: Megan Maunder (Exeter)
Áine O’Brien (ECN Chair) is a third year Planetary Science PhD student at the University of Glasgow. Her research focuses on the detection of organic molecules in martian meteorites, as well as the development of instrumental techniques in preparation for Mars Sample Return. Áine joins the ECN as chair having previously led UKSEDS, the National Student Space Society, as Secretary in 2018/19, and she also co-led the joint RAS/UKSEDS Diversity in Space Careers conference at Burlington House, alongside Dr Sheila Kanani in 2018.
You can follow Áine on Twitter @aineclareob
Douglas Boubert (ECN Vice-Chair) is a Junior Research Fellow at Magdalen College, University of Oxford. He searches for the fastest stars in the Galaxy and is studying the completeness of the two billion star catalogue created by the European Space Agency’s Gaia space telescope. Douglas is especially keen to lobby for improvements in working conditions for early career researchers in academia. Together with the rest of the ECN committee, he will be pushing for concrete actions by RAS, research councils and universities to address the negative impact on the mental and physical health of researchers.
You can follow Douglas on Twitter @neuronomer
Dr. Dominic Bowman (ECN Secretary) is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Astronomy of the KU Leuven in Belgium. His research interests include asteroseismology and stellar evolution, more specifically using space telescope observations of gravity waves to measure the interior rotation rates and mixing processes inside massive stars. In addition to research at KU Leuven, Dominic takes a leading role in all aspects of bachelor, master and PhD supervision, lecturing and outreach activities both online and in schools. Dominic has been a fellow of the RAS since 2013 and joined the RAS ECN as secretary in 2020. Personal website: https://dbowman234.github.io
Fred Richards (ECN Events Team Leader) is an Imperial College Research Fellow in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial College London. His research investigates how Earth's internal dynamics and structure affect the processes that sculpt its surface, with a particular focus on sea-level change, ice-sheet stability and landscape evolution. Prior to arriving at Imperial, Fred completed his PhD at Cambridge University before spending a year as a Schmidt Science Fellow at Harvard University. In addition to supporting fellow early career scientists, Fred is interested in promoting interaction between policymakers and academic researchers, and was previously a member of Cambridge University Science and Policy Exchange’s Workshops Team.
Megan Maunder (ECN Advocacy Team Lead) is a third year PhD Student in the Space Weather and Plasmas group at the University of Exeter. Her research focuses on studying Coronal Mass Ejections through multi-spacecraft methods. Megan has developed and led a variety of outreach sessions in the South West and creates resources to help disabled and neurodiverse post-graduate research students. Megan is excited to be part of this inaugural committee, helping to ensure that the voices of early-career researchers are heard. Megan became a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in 2018, and joined the RAS ECN as Advocacy Team led in 2020.
Web Page: http://emps.exeter.ac.uk/mathematics/staff/mlm216