ECR Events

We are pleased to announce that the next seminar in the ECR seminar series is on Python programming and is entitled 'From Pandas to Polars' by Dr Liam Brannigan. In January 2022, Liam gave a very informative and useful first ECR seminar in January on oceanographic data analyses in Python. The workshop will take place on Wednesday 5th October at 10am-12 noon and registrations are now open at the Eventbrite link:


We are pleased to announce that the fifth seminar in the Challenger Society Early Career Researcher Seminar Series will be happening on Monday 13th June at 1400 BST on the NERC CLASS Programme.

The NERC CLASS programme (Climate Linked Atlantic Sector Science): how to make the most of career development opportunities for Early Career Researchers

In this short presentation I will give a little bit of background about CLASS and what NERC National Capability is, but mainly I will describe the ways in which ECRs from across the UK can make use of the CLASS cruises and research centres to design your own career development opportunity. I’ll provide some examples of the things that people have done already, with the view of inspiring you to think about how you could benefit.  As we start to plan what the next stage of this large National Capability programme will look like in 2024 and beyond, I will also be asking you to tell me what you would like to see to support the career development of ocean professionals across the UK.

Professor Penny Holliday
Head of Marine Physics and Ocean Climate, National Oceanography Centre

Penny is a physical oceanographer and her research has focused on the circulation and variability of the subpolar North Atlantic, and the role of the ocean in our changing climate. Penny is Head of the Marine Physics and Ocean Climate group at the NOC, and is the UK principal investigator for an international programme researching the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation strength, variability and mechanisms (OSNAP). She has participated in 21 seagoing expeditions, several as Chief Scientist. Penny holds the role of Science Coordinator for CLASS, a world-leading UK Atlantic science programme supporting national and global strategic needs.

Registration is open below:

We are pleased to announce that the third seminar in the Challenger Society ECR seminar series is by Ella Darlington of National Marine Facilities on “UK Marine Infrastructure and Shiptime Funding Applications.” The seminar will take place on Wednesday 30th March at 3pm and registration is now open at the following link:

Dr Ella Darlington is Head of Marine Facilities Programmes at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC). She is responsible for the delivery of scientific research expeditions on the global class research ships RRS James Cook and RRS Discovery, and oversees the National Marine Equipment Pool. Her experience is built on a foundation of scientific research with a PhD in ice-ocean interactions, with field campaigns in the Arctic and Antarctic, followed by project managing the development of data acquisition systems.

In this seminar, Ella will discuss the UK marine infrastructure provided and maintained by the NOC, as well as the process for accessing ships and equipment – especially for Early Career Researchers (ECRs). You can follow her updates on Twitter @efdarlington.
Effective oceanographic data analysis with Python Challenger Society Early Career Seminar Series Date: Tuesday 25th January- 10am- 11.30am

About this event
Applying effective data analysis principles can boost your scientific productivity and lead to a more satisfying work experience. In this introductory seminar we will demonstrate these principles for an oceanographic workflow. We will cover directory structure and data flow, managing software dependencies, creating interactive visualisations and state-of-the-art libraries for analysing oceanographic data. We will support users of Linux, Windows and Mac OS. We will provide videos showing how to install the required software in advance. Basic knowledge of using python is useful but not essential.


Liam Brannigan did a PhD in physical oceanography at Oxford University along with postdocs at the National Oceanography Centre and the Meteorology Institute at Stockholm University. In recent years he has worked as Lead Data Scientist at Analytics Engines before founding his own company Rho-Signal to deliver data analysis consultancy and training.

D. Gwyn Evans is a Physical Oceanographer at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS). He did his PhD at the University of Southampton, followed by postdocs at the University of Southampton and NOCS. Prior to his PhD, Gwyn worked as a research specialist at the Bermuda Atlantic Time-series study developing CTD data processing software

This event is organised by the Challenger Society for Marine Science as part of the Early Career Seminar Series 2022.

You can register for the event here:


FNES Early Career Research and Teaching Fellow Conference
Challenger Society Conference: DiMS Event 2016
Challenger Society Conference: ECR Event 2014

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