Natural Science Collections Alliance

Our members are part of an international community of museums, botanical gardens, herbariums, universities and other institutions that house natural science collections and utilize them in research, exhibitions, academic and informal science education, and outreach activities.

BCoN Seeks Emerging and Early Career Professionals to Join the Leadership Team of the BIOFAIR Data Network Project

The Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN), in collaboration with the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) and with support from the National Science Foundation (Award No. 2303588), is organizing a community discussion series, entitled “Building an Integrated, Open, Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (BIOFAIR) Data Network.”   NSC Alliance is a partner in this project.  Critical to this effort is engaging the next generation of biodiversity professionals.  Please share this open call to recruit emerging and early career professionals to join the leadership team in facilitating these discussions. 
BCoN is recruiting three (3) emerging professionals (EP; current Master’s and PhD students) and three (3) early career professionals (ECP; within 2 years of completing a Master’s or PhD) to join the core Steering Committee to catalyze cross-domain discussions, identify a set of shared biodiversity data needs and goals, and define the next steps, shared milestones, and a collaborative plan that will inform cross-domain integration of digital data and scientific research. All members of the Steering Committee will facilitate and participate in a series of online discussions to engage an expansive set of stakeholders with the goal of building novel, timely collaborations to synergize the development of an integrated, open, FAIR biological and environmental data network. 
During the course of the two-year project, EP and ECP Steering Committee Members will gain mentored experience planning and executing interdisciplinary meetings, facilitating productive discussions, summarizing meeting outcomes, generating professional reports, and writing collaborative synthesis manuscripts. This is an opportunity for EP and ECP Steering Committee Members to receive timely training in team science and inclusivity; to serve as active participants in a collaborative network of scientists with diverse experiences and expertise; work directly with leaders from across the biodiversity sciences; and engage with diverse stakeholders to establish common ground and align approaches towards a common goal. Experience and training in such skills are increasingly valuable in an interdisciplinary and team science environment. 
A modest $1,500 honorarium will be provided for the two-year commitment. We recognize that while the EP and ECP members will bring unique perspectives and contributions to the project, they may also be navigating new professional spaces. The modest honorarium is provided in recognition that emerging professionals might not otherwise have the resources or time to be engaged in such an effort.
Application deadline is September 15, 2023. Learn more about this opportunity, including eligibility requirements, responsibilities, and how to apply.
Applicants from historically excluded communities and people of all racial, ethnic, geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

BCoN Seeks Emerging and Early Career Professionals to Join the Leadership Team of the BIOFAIR Data Network Project
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