IMECaN – Interdisciplinary Marine Early Career Network

Background and aim

In 2016, the IMBeR Scientific Steering Committee endorsed the establishment of a network for early career researchers working on topics related to the IMBeR Grand Challenges, and soon after the Interdisciplinary Marine Early Career Network (IMECaN) was created by some of the IMBeR ClimEco summer school alumni.

IMECaN Terms of Reference

IMECaN aims to:

  • Provide a networking platform for early career marine researchers to develop collaborations;
  • Provide training and development in areas not traditionally provided through formal education and training programmes; and
  • Provide leadership opportunities for ECR marine researchers, particularly from developing nations.

Who can be an IMECaNer?

IMECaN is open to marine science students (Masters and PhDs), and early career researchers (less than eight years post-PhD, and less than six years since their first research appointment). The network currently has 1184 members from 103 countries. Click here to join us!


Organising Committee

IMECaN is overseen by the Organising Committee, and the Chair of the Committee serves as an ex-officio member of the IMBeR Scientific Steering Committee. Laura Kaikkonen, Shenghui Li and Becca Shellock are the current Co-chairs  (starting 1 January 2023). 

IMECaN Activities

IMECaN Workshop on Fostering DEI into Interdisciplinary Marine Research

Early Career Researchers are well placed to champion new approaches to research priorities. This workshop will touch on questions regarding the inclusion of DEI in interdisciplinary marine research.

Click here to watch the video from the workshop.

ClimEco8 Summer School

19-24 June 2023 at the ZRS-Mediterranean Institute for Environmental Studies, Koper, Slovenia.

More details can be found here: Sustaining the ocean we need for the future we want


ClimEco7 Summer School: Interdisciplinary ocean science for sustainable development

The ClimEco7 summer school was held virtual from 9-13 August 2021.


Frontiers Research Topic: Solving complex ocean challenges through Interdisciplinary research: Advances from early career marine scientists

We had an excellent response and over 50 submissions were received for the Frontiers in Marine Science Research Topic on Solving Complex Ocean Challenges, each with an early career researcher as the first author. See the published articles here.

Marine Spatial Planning Workshop: Balancing social, economic, cultural, and ecological objectives

In August 2020, we ran a virtual workshop on marine spatial planning and how to balance across multiple objectives. The workshop was attended by almost 700 early career researchers from across 82 countries. Recorded talks can be found here.

IMBeR Future Oceans 2: Early career workshop

In June 2019, we officially launched IMECaN and convened a one-day workshop at the IMBeR Future Oceans 2 conference in Brest, France. The workshop was attended by 100 early career researchers and provided networking and training opportunities. 

ClimEco6 Summer School: Interdisciplinary approaches for sustainable oceans

In August 2018, the IMBeR ClimEco6 summer school was held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and brought together 50 transdisciplinary ECRs to consider Transdisciplinary Approaches towards Sustainable Oceans.


IMECaN Capacity Building Workshop: How to operate effectively at the science-policy-society interface

In June 2018, a workshop was convened in Losinj, Croatia to teach EU-based early career researchers how to work efficiently at the Science-Policy-Society interface. Thirty students and early career researchers participated in the workshop.