In today’s digital age, establishing an online presence has become increasingly important for academics, especially for early career researchers. However, understanding how to navigate the online landscape can be overwhelming. Recognizing this challenge, the UGoveRN network responded to popular demand from PhD students by organizing a workshop in May 2021 specifically focused on establishing an online presence as academics.
Led by Sara Özogul (University of Amsterdam), the workshop provided valuable insights into various online platforms and strategies for early career scholars to create an effective online presence that facilitates networking and showcases their research, with a specific focus on governance studies. The discussions centered around harnessing the potential of online platforms to increase visibility, connect with peers and experts in the field, and enhance professional development.
The workshop proved to be an engaging and interactive forum for participants. The attendees delved into discussions and brainstormed ideas on how to establish and optimize their own online presence. Sharing experiences and exchanging insights, they discovered practical strategies to overcome challenges and make the most of the digital realm for academic purposes.
The timing of the workshop, amid a global lockdown that restricted in-person interactions, added significance to the event. It served as a welcome opportunity for early career researchers to connect virtually and address the isolation and limited networking possibilities imposed by the circumstances.
The UGoveRN network takes pride in its commitment to supporting early career researchers on their academic journey. Through initiatives like the online presence workshop, the network strives to equip early career researchers with the knowledge and skills necessary to establish themselves in their respective fields.