To achieve the objectives of the ECR SIG, we are planning a variety of activities, described below. Any new ideas for ECR SIG activities would be very welcome, as well as comments on how best to organize the activities that we are currently planning. These activities may also evolve as the needs of the group require.
Objective 1: Identify opportunities for members of the SIG to exchange ideas and support.
We will organize pre-congress sessions at biennial iHEA congresses where ECR participants can present their work and receive feedback from senior researchers.
- We will contribute to the planning of the mentoring lunch and the short-oral presentations held at the biennial congresses.
- We will organize a networking space at the biennial congress where ECRs can have informal discussions related to their research work.
- We will arrange for interviews with ECRs to be published on a regular basis on the iHEA website and in the newsletter.
We will moderate a blog for ECR members of iHEA which can facilitate discussion, and allow ECRs to share practical knowledge and information (e.g. on upcoming short-courses, interesting seminars etc.).
- We will organize a series of webinars, which would allow practical information to be shared on grant opportunities, postdoctoral fellowships and potential international collaborations.
We will generate an online database with information on potential funding opportunities for ECRs.
We will organize research webinars in off-congress years in which ECRs can present their research to other ECRs and receive feedback.
Objective 2: Facilitate communication of ECR SIG members with established senior researchers in the field, or with senior health economists who are active in government institutions or international organizations.
We will organize a series of webinars led by senior scholars on topics that are of special interest to ECRs, for example:
- Career development;
- Time management;
- Choosing research topics;
- Grant writing;
- Community activities e.g. becoming a better reviewer/lecturer/supervisor; and
- Developing writing skills and how to target journals.
- We will also organize webinars led by senior health economists working in policy, covering topics such as:
What types of health economics research are perceived to be relevant from a policy perspective?
- Case studies where research from health economists has informed policy implementation.
- We will explore the possibility of setting up an iHEA mentoring scheme that is global in nature and runs between congresses.
Objective 3: Enhance the profile of health economics in various research fields and topics related to policy to increase the demand for ECRs in health economics.
- During congresses, we will organize presentations from local representatives working for health organizations or working in healthcare at the government level. These presentations could take the form of a briefing on recent health policy reforms or the structure of the local health care system, or an introduction to the operations of an international organization, or information on possible job opportunities.
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