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Early Career Researcher Training Workshop 2019

Data Curation and Management: Current Achievements and Future Challenges

On 6–8 November 2019 at Institut de Physique du Globe in Paris, France, the World Data System of the International Science Council (WDS) held a Research Data Management (RDM) Training Workshop for 23 early career researchers and scientists (ECRs) from 14 different countries. The participants were invited to attend by the WDS Scientific Committee after selection from greater than 100 applicants.

This Workshop was possible thanks to the generous sponsorship of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) and hosted by DataTerra-Formater.

Attendees Group Photo

Workshop Content

The management and curation of research data is a very timely topic. All researchers rely on data they have themselves collected or that are the outputs of previous studies. Moreover, researchers are increasingly required to organize the long-term storage and access of the data used to obtain their results. As such, data training is highly relevant to budding scientists as they embark on their careers!

The purpose of the Workshop was for ECRs to gain practical skills in data curation and management. Training took the form of lectures and group discussions, plus working on individual problems. Although possible topics were suggested in advance, the final content of the training was developed using the participants' expectations as stated in their applications to attend the Workshop.

ECR Workshop Pic 1


Presentations will be added soon.

Day 1ItemPresenter
13:00–14:00   Welcome, Agenda, Presentation Round
14:00–15:00   What Are Research Data? A. Chambodut  
15:00–15:30   Tea/Coffee Break
15:30–16:30   Research Data Management A. Frémand
I. Popescu
16:30–18:00  Individual Challenges and Expectations, World Café     


Day 2ItemPresenter
09:00–10:00 Open Science and Data from the Perspective of a Practicing Scientist S. Harrison             
10:00−10:30 Data Management Plans I. Gärtner-Roer
A. Chambodut
A. Frémand
10:30−11:30 Individual Work on Data Management Plans (+ Tea/Coffee Break)
11:30–12:00 Data Management Plans Debrief
12:00−12:30 How to Exchange Data? I. Gärtner-Roer
I. Popescu
12:30−13:30 Lunch
13:30−14:30 Copyright and Plagiarism I. Popescu
14:30−15:30 Big Data K. Payne
15:30–16:00 Tea/Coffee Break
16:00−17:00 Ontologies and Knowledge Networks E. Faustman
17:00−18:00 Cloud Platforms in Science K. Payne


Day 3ItemPresenter
09:00–10:00 The Roles and Responsibilities of the World Data System R. Edmunds               
10:00−10:30 WDS Early Career Researcher and Scientists Network A. Frémand
10:30−12:30 Continued Individual Work on Data Management Plans (+ Tea/Coffee Break)
12:30−13:30 Lunch
13:30−15:00 Data Repositories and Their Certification R. Edmunds
15:00−15:30 Feedback Round and Closing



  • Prof Sandy Harrison (WDS-SC Chair; Professor of Palaeoclimates and Biogeochemical Cycles, University of Reading, UK)
  • Prof Aude Chambodut (WDS-SC; Director of the International Service of Geomagnetic Indices, Ecole et Observatoire des Sciences de la Terre, France)
  • Prof Elaine Faustman (WDS-SC; Professor and Director of the Institute for Risk Analyses and Risk Communication at the University of Washington, School of Public Health, US)
  • Dr Isabelle Gärtner-Roer (WDS-SC; Science Officer of the World Glacier Monitoring Service, Senior Researcher in the Glaciology and Geomorphodynamics Group, and Coordinator of the Zurich Graduate School in Geography at the Department of Geography at the University of Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Dr Ioana Popescu (WDS-SC; Associate Professor of Hydroinformatics at IHE-Delft Institute for Water Education, The Netherlands)
  • Miss Alice Frémand* (WDS Early Career Researcher Network; Scientific Data Manager, UK Polar Data Centre, UK)
  • Dr Rorie Edmunds (Acting Executive Director, WDS International Programme Office)
  • Dr Karen Payne (Associate Director, WDS International Technology Office)

Accommodation and Meals

The meals and accommodation were covered throughout the Workshop. Participants stayed in dormitory accommodation (FIAP), each sharing a room with three peers, and thus enabling the exchange of opinions and experiences until late into the night.

ECR Workshop Pic 2

Workshop Legacy

All Workshop participants were presented with a certificate of attendance at the end of the training.

A survey was also given to all participants at the start of the course such that the trainers could obtain feedback on whether the content was presented at the appropriate level. A summary report of this survey is available here:

The results have been analyzed, and will be used by WDS to ensure that the training curriculum and materials are further developed and enhanced for future workshops.

On the basis of the feedback received from participants both face-to-face in Paris and in the survey, we strongly believe that the Workshop was highly successful. The ECRs in attendance found it not only was a good experience, but more importantly was relevant and meaningful to their careers moving forward.

Attendees with Certificates


(Last name alphabetical order with affiliations)

  • Segun Ajibola (Afridat UG)
  • Sahar Amirnezhad Mozhdehi (University College Dublin)
  • Nicolò Ardenghi (Senckenberg Institute – Goethe University of Frankfurt)
  • Cédric Béré (University Joseph Ki-ZERBO)
  • Giorgia Camperio Ciani (Eawag and ETH Zurich)
  • Laia Comas Bru (University of Reading, UK)
  • Andras Fabian (Royal Observatory of Belgium)
  • Jennifer Freer (British Antarctic Survey)
  • Agenta Ghose (Aalborg University)
  • Ieva Grudzinska-Elsberga (University of Latvia)
  • Pankaj Kumar (AMS & Pelletron Group, Inter-university Accelerator Centre)
  • Mengze Li (Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Germany)
  • Yucheng Lin (Durham University)
  • Adolfo Lugo (University at Albany – State University of New York)
  • Christopher Roach (LOCEAN [CNRS-UPMC])
  • Catherine Sang (University of Nairobi)
  • Claudia Santos (University of Lisbon)
  • Marcus Schmidt (Georg-August University of Goettingen)
  • Dorothea Strecker (Humboldt University Berlin)
  • Richard Sufo Kankeu (Le Mans Université)
  • Rafaela Tiengo (Research Institute for Volcanology and Risk Assessment)
  • Julia Wagner (Department of Physical Geography, Stockholm University)

* We thank the British Antarctic Survey for covering the travel costs of Alice Frémand.