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  Call for Proposal for Theme-Based Early-Career Researchers Symposium (ECRS)

    The ECRS aims to provide an opportunity for researchers early in their careers to present their research work and experiences, discuss early-career challenges with peers and senior mentors in the same research area, and to initiate international networks related to their research topics.

The ECRS intends to nurture a supportive learning community and promote interactions among early-career researchers from various institutions and across different countries in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. It also provides opportunities for theme-based forums to discuss methodological and theoretical issues of central importance.

The ECRS is designed for post-doc and early career researchers (starting with PhD students at the later stage of their doctoral thesis to those having 5 years of experience after receiving the doctorate) with research interests in the specific theme-based conference. The symposium participants will be carefully selected on merit based on the research interest, quality of their research work and relevance and potential contribution to the theme.

Proposal format

An ECRS proposal should be less than eight pages in length and should contain:

  • Title of the ECRS
  • Overview of the ECRS topic
  • List of the ECRS organizers and panellists
  • Position paper of each panellist (one page)

Position papers are not required in the proposal, but should be included in the final version. ECRS papers will be published in a CD proceedings with an ISBN.

File Types: MS Word (.DOC or .RTF) or PDF
Language: English (British or US)
Style Guides & Template: Author Guidelines

Submission Procedure

Your proposal should be submitted through e-mail to Hiroaki Ogata (, Lam-for Kwok ( and Wenli Chen ( by 27 August, 2011.

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: August 27, 2011
Author notification: September 3, 2011
Final version due: October 8, 2011