Early career epidemiologists are epidemiologists who are IEA members and have less than 10 years of post-doctoral/epidemiological experience or are enrolled in undergraduate or post-graduate courses
After the successful first meeting of Early Career Epidemiologists (ECE) held during the XIX IEA World Congress of Epidemiology (WCE) in Edinburgh (Scotland) in 2011, the IEA Executive Committee decided to create an international ECE group within the IEA structure. The aims of this group are similar to the IEA general objectives but with a focus on ECEs. Thus, the IEA ECE aims are to:
- Facilitate communication between ECE engaged in the development of scientific knowledge through epidemiology throughout the world.
- Promote the development and appropriate use of epidemiological methods in all fields of health among ECE by promoting scientific meetings and workshops aimed at ECE, by publication of reports by or aimed at ECE, and by other activities consistent with these objectives.
- Create and maintain a network of colleagues in order to enhance scientific collaboration and the promulgation of opportunities for funding, scholarships, exchanges, jobs, courses or events across the world.
- Enhance communication and collaboration with other public health specialties (e.g. biostatisticians, nutritionists, environmental health professionals, and mental health professionals).
- Work towards these objectives without regard to race, religion, sex, political affiliation, or country of origin.
Currently, this group has a committee composed of seven emerging epidemiologists who are assisting the IEA Executive Committee with the creation of the ECE group. The committee member from Africa is: Abimbola Aman-Oloniyo, an epidemiologist in the Disease Control Directorate of the Ministry of Health in Lagos, Nigeria; For more information contact her at: email@example.com
IEA recently launched a mentoring scheme that has been prepared over the last few months by the Early Career Epidemiologist (ECE) Committee. The ECE Group has prepared the protocols of the mentoring scheme, and would like to prepare a pilot test of the exchange. Hence, needs support from the IEA members. The group needs mentors and mentees to test the functioning of the scheme to finally decide how the exchange is going to work in the future.
You are therefore kindly invited to volunteer to be a mentor or a mentee in this new IEA experience. It is going to be a good opportunity for mentees, but also for mentors to exchange knowledge and share opportunities.
We would like to point out that to be accepted as a mentee, you have to be a member of the IEA ECE group. Hence, we kindly invite you to email the ECE if you want to be part of the group. We hope also to receive your petitions to be part of the pilot test –as mentors or mentees- in our email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joining the ECE group
You can join the group by joining (a) your national epidemiology association in your country or (b) IEA. By joining these organisations, you will enjoy all of the usual membership benefits and, in addition, you will be included in the network of IEA ECE with specific activities addressed at enhancing global scientific collaboration among emerging epidemiologists.
The IEA ECE committee