Environmental Biotechnology Network

EBNet Working Group: Early Career Researcher (ECR)


Through the ECR WG, we hope to create a supportive space for ECRs who specifically work in environmental biotechnology to support, inspire, and empower each other. This is an opportunity to bring together ECRs in the EBNet community who are geographically dispersed and spread amongst different universities, departments, and disciplines across the UK.

While most universities nowadays provide a wide array of career development opportunities for ECRs, our EBNet ECR WG will create a space for researchers working in diverse research strands of ‘Environmental Biotechnology’ and facilitate discussions, events, and workshops tailored to help them identify and thrive in areas of their interest.

If you are interested in contributing ideas or helping to organise events and activities relevant to you, contact EBNet@EBNet.ac.uk or any of the members below. We are a friendly cross-disciplinary group from a number of universities and industries and your input is welcome.

Working Group Activities

Past Activities

  • Why not meet up at ECR23 – the free EBNet ECR conference, Edinburgh, 30 Aug-1 September 2023.

Other Activities

Sign up now for the 6th EBNet ECR conference – free to attend, with a travel bursary for UK-based ECR members. This year it will be held from the 26-28th July 2024, Newcastle. Deadline for abstracts: 20 May 2024. See here.

Working Group Co-ordinator:

Dr Anjali Jayakumar, Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at Newcastle University since December 2022. She studies and designs sustainable materials produced from renewable resources such as biomass, mineral wastes, and microorganisms and utilise them to improve food-energy-water security. Anjali was winner of ‘Best Presentation’ at the annual EBNet ECR conference 2022. Email: anjali.jayakumar@ncl.ac.uk.

Working Group Members:

  • Alice Banks, Imperial College London
  • Becky Greaves, Biogen (industry member)
  • Deborah Hall, Harper Adams University
  • Natalia Jawiarczyk, Isle Utilities (industry member)
  • Szabolcs Pap, University of Highlands and Islands
  • Karthika Sangilidurai, Cranfield University
  • Manpreet Bagga, Newcastle University


A good general guidance on ECR support is provided online by the AHRC. Read their “Guidance on training and developing early career researchers in the arts and humanities” here. For more general UKRI support see here. And for access to free outreach material for kids on Biochar find a link to ‘Char Comic‘ here.