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Why an ESG Project study trip? Charlotta Kjöllerström explains

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Charlotta Kjöllerström, is the network coordinator for the Earth System Governance (ESG) Project. Next week, a group of eight ESG Research Fellows will make a stop at LUCSUS and Lund University as part of a study trip for early career researchers. In this short interview, she explains the aim of the study trip, and why the ESG is focusing specifically on young researchers.

What is the aim with the ESG study trip?
The ESG Research Fellow Coordinator for Europe, Sandra van der Hel, came up with the idea to organise a study trip for our early career researchers.The trip would be a way for the participants to connect and exchange ideas with each other but also with research fellows and other researchers in the ESG network in Lund, Copenhagen, Utrecht, Bonn and Potsdam.

In Lund, Ina Möller, from the Political Science Department are organising the programme together with myself, Henner Busch and Vasna Ramasar from LUCSUS. We are inviting early career researchers from the region to join the programme in Lund and Copenhagen on 3-4 April: we are organising a panel on science and society, and research speed-dating in Lund, and a lecture and a bike tour in Copenhagen. This is a great opportunity to connect with earth system governance researchers from all over Europe.

Why focus on young researchers?
The ESG Project is a social science research network in the area of governance and global environmental change, and a core project of Future Earth. If a researcher would like to become involved in the network, she or he could apply to become a research fellow or senior research fellow.

Our research fellows are early to mid-level career scientists. In organising this research, trip we offer our early career scientists the opportunity to learn more about new directions in earth system governance research, to forge new collaborations with other researchers and gain inspiration for their own work. 

What do you hope the participants will get out of the trip?
I hope the participants will feel inspired after a week full of formal and informal meetings, workshops, discussions and short field trips, like the bike tour in Copenhagen. I hope they will have gained some new knowledge and a lot of new energy to continue their important research back at their home research institutes.

Do you organise these trips every year?
No, this is the first time, and we are curious to find out how the concept of visiting several ESG research centres during one week is working out. Possibly this is a well-functioning format for future trips as well!

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