Mandate ECFA Early-Career Researcher Panel

Agreed at the Plenary ECFA meeting held on 13 July 2020


The objective of the ECFA Early-Career Researcher (ECR) Panel is for its members to discuss all aspects that contribute in a broad sense to the future of the research field of particle physics. In its advisory role to ECFA, the panel reports to ECFA on a regular basis. An annual report of the ECFA ECR Panel is added as a standing item to the agenda of Plenary ECFA meetings.

Members are, in general, PhD students and postdocs, either with a non-permanent contract or with up to 8 years after obtaining the PhD. Up to three members can be nominated by each ECFA country and each major laboratory represented in ECFA for a mandate of 2 years, extendable with another 2 years. In general, the delegation from each ECFA country should have at least one PhD student and at least one postdoc. Nominations are to be endorsed by Plenary ECFA. Members are nominated by and assigned to the quota of the country they are hired at the moment they become member of the panel.

Members act as individuals, but should be able to represent the views of early-career researchers in particle physics in the country from which they were nominated.

From among the ECFA ECR Panel members, a delegation of up to five members is assigned by the panel as observers to Plenary ECFA meetings, and one member is assigned by the panel as observer to Restricted ECFA meetings.

The ECFA ECR Panel would normally hold two plenary (tele-)meetings per year among its members.

The activities of the ECFA ECR Panel are organised by a smaller group selected by the panel itself from among its members. To achieve their aims, the ECFA ECR Panel can proceed among others with regular meetings, topical working groups and studies related to the early-career researchers community in particle physics in ECFA countries.

The ECFA ECR Panel can invite observers to its meetings, for example to seek adequate diversity among the participants to conduct its business.