Pre-Announcement for the SusAn Early Career Scientists Workshop

Are you keen to envision the future of a sustainable European animal production? Pre-Announcement of the SusAn Early Career Researcher Workshop from 23th until 25th September 2019.



Workshop Topic

Envisioning the future of European animal production

Forward-looking and science-focused discussion on how to better integrate economic, environmental and societal aspects in research for a more holistic view of sustainability in animal production systems (transdisciplinary approach).


Join us in Brittany for the SusAn Early Career Researcher Workshop to:

  • Learn about current advances and exchange with leading experts in the field
  • Develop innovative approaches for sustainable production chains
  • Establish networks with other early career researchers and multi-disciplinary scientists from across Europe
  • Better understand the funding opportunities available for research & innovation and how to write a winning proposal 
  • Engage in a field excursion and stakeholder-focussed sessions


Who can participate?

  • Early Career Researchers (ECRs) in possession of a PhD degree which was awarded within the five years preceding the submission deadline. For the purposes of this condition, the date of graduation will be taken into account.
  • Employed (on a temporary or permanent contract) by a university or research performing organisation in one of the ERA-Net SusAn consortium partner countries at the submission deadline
  • Proficient in English
  • Research interests: animal production*, systems thinking**, sustainable development, agro-economics, rural sociology. *Focussed primarily on the major terrestrial species (e.g. beef and dairy cattle, sheep, goats, pigs & poultry) but may include others (e.g. rabbits, mink, foxes, reindeer, farmed game and bees). **Experience in Systems thinking is mandatory for all applicants. Systems thinking perceives animal production as a complex set of interdependent system components like animal health, welfare, breeding, feeding, housing, manure management, etc. The animal production system may be investigated as a whole or key components of the system may be identified that can cause relevant changes of the system’s performance.


Indicative Timeline for the Call


2 April 2019

Call Launch

29th April 2019

Submission Deadline

6th June 2019 17:00 CET

Applicants informed

End of July 2019


Full instructions on the application will be available at Call Launch, including templates for the mandatory documents.