Introducing INNGE (International Network of Next-Generation Ecologists)
The International Network of Next Generation Ecologists (INNGE, [in-jee]) is a newly established network of ecologists that seeks to bring especially early career ecologists together from around the world. It is the hope that this will help to strengthen international ties and inspire new activities in a growing global community of ecologists.
During the past decades, the world has grown steadily smaller. Amidst this, the numbers of students and early career researchers in the sciences have increased dramatically and academic communities have become increasingly international. The discipline of ecology is no exception. Ecologists are now routinely criss-crossing the world for fieldwork, collaborations, and meetings. As our community has grown, so has the challenge of keeping up with developments in the discipline on different continents. For ecology students and early career researchers, the growth of the community also makes it more difficult to navigate the challenge of developing a career and engaging in professional societies.
The initiative to develop a network like INNGE was undertaken by early career ecologists who are already involved in various ecological societies. The main priority of INNGE is to further strengthen national and regional societies, and facilitate linkages between them that otherwise would not be made.
INNGE wants to build the first such forum directed at and run by early career ecologists. INNGE specifically aims to:
- International knowledge about ecological topics
- The ability to build academic networks for early career scientists locally and regionally
- Cross-continental initiatives between ecological societies and their early career ecologists
- Local stewardship and sustainability efforts via global coordination
- On-going initiatives from ecological societies to ecologists in other parts of the world so as to ensure synergy and avoid unnecessary redundancy
- International career opportunities for early career ecologists
- Across disciplines, by engaging with networks of early career researchers in other areas of study
Our members are from 25 globally distributed institutions, which includes 20 ecological societies from sub-national to global across six continents. Our institutional membership is free of charge and open to any organization that matches with our aims.
We host a resourceful open ecology wiki, which features various databases for funding opportunities, early career groups, methodology & protocols etc. Interested individuals may contact our administrator. Our INNGE Reporter initiative aims to have early career ecologists report on the conferences and other meeting they attend, and then distributes these reports, videos, and/or photos via social media or our blog. It's a great way to share your experiences with the global community, without having to host your own blog! These reports are all of course credited to their authors and are done on a voluntary basis. We are willing to host ECR online meetings using our conference system. in order to make those meetings successful we want you to be involved! Have an interesting idea, found a cool paper or want to demonstrate some methodological skills? Use our online conference room and we forward a call via social media.
INNGE is closely works with International Association for Ecology (INTECOL). We organize various early career events at INTECOL meetings.
How to get involved?
Our network is open and free. Please checkout our quick start guide for some of the many ways that you can join to make a difference.