EGA Institute for Women's Health


UCL IfWH Early Career Researchers Network

Supporting the next generation of Women's Health researchers

The term Early Career Researcher refers to researchers in the first years (full-time equivalent) of their research activity, including the period of doctoral training and the postdoctoral period prior to obtaining tenure.

The IfWH ECR Network aims to support the delivery of a holistic learning environment that extends beyond individual research groups to encourage the transition to becoming an independent researcher.

The forum includes a space for ECRs to present their own work, organise socials, obtain career advice and peer support, and share information about events organised by the Faculty of Population and Health Sciences.


We aim to deliver regular talks from both internal and external speakers covering a variety of different topics, including:

  • How to write grant applications
  • Preparing manuscripts for publication
  • Thesis writing skills 
  • Career planning
  • Masterclasses for specific lab techniques
  • PIs Career stories
  • Careers in industry stories
  • Figures and graphs trouble-shooting clinics
  • We also aim to organise social events open to all members of the Institute that enable networking opportunities in an informal environment.
Next Event 

IfWH 3-Minute Thesis competition

Theobald Lecture Theatre, Chenies Mews

28th February, 1pm (followed by a social event)

The IfWH ECR is delighted to be hosting the institute round of the 3MT competition! This is an exciting opportunity to present your work to your peers in only 3 minutes, and will be judged by a panel of IfWH staff. The winners will recieve voucher prizes and the chance to compete in the Faculty round later this year!

Please complete this form by 12th February if you are interested:

Register for IfWH 3MT 2023

Past events

06/12/2022 FIFA World Cup Sweepstakes and Charity Bake Sale

04/10/2022 Post Doc Appreciation Event

26/06/2022 ECR Changemakers Wellbeing Event

08/06/2022 ECR Changemakers Writing Retreat

25/05/2022 ECR Changemakers ELISA Masterclass

11/05/2022 ECR Changemakers Western Blot Masterclass

04/05/2022  ECR Changemakers Poster Session

27/04/2022  3MT competition

26/04/2022  EGA-IfWH Career Talks Series: Dr Helen O'Neill

26/11/2021 Viki Male, Imperial College

16/11/2021  Immunohistochemistry and Western Blot Workshop & lunch - Rebecca Northeast, Proteintech

01/11/2021  Halloween-themed Social Event 

29/10/2021  Helen Jones, University of Florida

12/10/2021 EGA-IfWH New Starters Welcome Event

24/09/2021 Understanding the dynamic ovarian cancer tumor microenvironment, Ben Bitler, University of Colorado

27/08/2021 Development of the trophectoderm in the human blastocyst: Dr Norah Fogarty, Kings College

11/05/2021 Careers outside academia: Ruth Weir, UCL Innovation and Enterprise

27/04/2021 Career in industry: Dr Rebecca Northeast, Proteintech

20/04/2021 PI Story: Dr Jens Madsen, IfWH


UCL Doctoral School Skills Development Programme

UCL Careers Events

Research Coordination Office for Life and Medical Sciences 

Peer support and mentoring

Dr Pascale V Guillot and Dr Rajvinder Karda are team leads for the UCL IfWH mentoring scheme. ECRs are encouraged to participate in the scheme. To find out more, contact p.guillot@ucl.ac.uk and r.karda@ucl.ac.uk

The ECR committee

Photo of Tania Castillo

Tania Castillo - Research Fellow


Photo of Konstantina Tetorou

Konstantina Tetorou - PhD Student


Photo of Juan Antinao

Juan Antinao - Research Fellow


Photo of Anna Keegan

Anna Keegan - PhD Student


Photo of Ellie Chilcott

Ellie Chilcott - Research Fellow


Photo of Georgina Brown

Georgina Brown - PhD Student



Past members:

Ashley Boyle

Nandaki Keshavan

Riccardo Privolizzi

Brian Dromey