Early Career Researchers

IFPA is dedicated to fostering a strong Early Career Researcher (ECR) community and creating opportunities to develop our ECR members. IFPA does this through several ways most notably a dedicated ECR event held at each IFPA conference to encourage ECR collaboration and networking. This is accompanied by ECR seminars on a variety of issues and concepts held during each day of the conference, including things like paper and grant writing workshops, career opportunities, and Women in Science sessions.

ECR awards

IFPA also financially supports ECR members to attend the international conferences through travel awards such as the YW Loke, Elsevier New Investigators, and National Institute of Health New Investigators travel awards. ECRs are also eligible for the Elsevier Trophoblast New Investigator Research Award (Poster) and Elsevier Placenta New Investigator Research Award (Oral) at each meeting.

ECR engagement

IFPA has two ECR representatives elected from the ECR members who represent ECR’s at the executive meetings as well as engaging with ECR’s through personal emails and the ECR Facebook page.

The current elected ECR representatives are:

Dr. Joshua Fisher, ANZPRA & Dr. Jimena Beltrame, PAA & SLIMP who are always happy to be contacted by ECR members.



ECR job opportunities

Connect with us for the latest research, career information, and ECR positions on Twitter, Facebook, and the website.

Watch this space!

Here’s a useful listing for current graduate, postgraduate, postdoctoral and fellowship positions

Programs and Opportunities

IFPA is currently in the process of developing an ECR mentoring program to put ECR members in their final years in touch with a mentor in an official capacity. This will help develop and support our ECR members in a multitude of areas while creating an inclusive and personal society.

IFPA is also planning to implement a competitive travel award to provide an opportunity for an ECR member to visit an international laboratory, facilitating collaboration, networking, and providing insight into potential future employment.


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