The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) at the University of Michigan invites nominations for the 17th Annual Early Career Scientists Symposium. The symposium will highlight early career researchers transforming our discipline through anti-racist and justice-centered research that pushes our understanding of the links between EEB research and society. The goal of this symposium is to provide a space for the EEB community to think imaginatively about the future of our discipline. With this in mind, we welcome nominations of researchers who take anti-racist and justice-centered approaches to research in any area of EEB, which could include (but not limited to): Global Environmental Change, Genomics and Population Genetics, Urban Ecology and Evolution, Environmental History, STEM Education, Museum Science, Marine Ecology, Water Security, Theoretical Ecology and Evolution, Global Food Systems, and Disease Ecology.

The symposium will begin in person on Saturday, March 19 and then continue on three consecutive Fridays from March 25 – April 8, 2022. Eight early career scientists will be selected to present their work, and two keynote speakers will be featured. The symposium will kick off with an in-person and live-streamed event on March 19th. The symposium will move to a virtual format in the following weeks, with two to three participants presenting each week, followed by a moderated discussion.

For the symposium, we consider early career scientists as senior graduate students (who stand to receive their Ph.D. within two years), postdoctoral researchers, faculty or staff scientists within their first or second year, and researchers at equivalent career stages who are not affiliated with an academic institution. Please contact the planning committee with questions about eligibility.

Nominations can come from colleagues or advisors. Self-nominations are also encouraged. Nomination materials should include: (1) contact information, (2) a brief description of the nominee’s work and proposed presentation, and (3) any other information that may help the committee review and select participants (for example, the nominee’s curriculum vitae; link to the nominee’s professional website; representative publication, media, or product that showcases the nominee’s work).

Nominations should be sent electronically as a single PDF file to using the subject line format, “nominee’s Last Name, First Name ECSS 2022 Nomination.”

Review of nominations will begin on January 15th, 2022.

Selected participants will be contacted in late-January. An official announcement of speakers will be issued soon thereafter. Information about Early Career Scientist Symposia held in past years can be found at on the ECSS website under the Archive menu (upper right). For more information or questions about eligibility, please contact

Read more on the Early Career Scientists Symposium website.