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Amber is Research Associate at the Autism Research Centre, Dept of Psychiatry and launched the network with her colleague Julian Tillmann, a Research Associate at King’s College London

The Early Career Researcher Autism Network (ECRAN) was launched in June 2019 at the AIMS-2-TRIALS general assembly – an event that saw over thirty researchers share ideas about their training needs.

To promote training opportunities for researchers in an early stage of their career with an interest in autism, the first of a series of workshops went ahead in July 2020.

The workshop brought together 25 postdocs, 10 PhD students and 6 members of the autism community who are researchers themselves or who have a research interest in autism, from 12 different European countries. Overall, it was a great success, with high levels of engagement and interaction throughout the event and fantastic feedback from all attendees.

Workshop attendees were offered a multi-faceted three-day programme which included presentations on biomarker research, opportunities for collaborative project development and transferable skills training on communication and participatory research.

ECRAN will be launching a webinar series in the autumn of 2020 and aim to offer the second ECRAN workshop in-person in Cambridge July 2021. If you are an ECR with an interest in autism research (e.g. Postdoc, PhD student, research associate, Master’s student) and would like to join ECRAN to access webinars, events and materials; Please sign up by completing the ECRAN skills questionnaire and join our interactive Slack platform.[AR1]



Find out more about the Early Career Researcher Autism Network by emailing Network leads Amber Ruigrok or Julian Tillman.

Find out more about the AIMS-2-TRIALS here

About Dr Amber Ruigrok

Amber is a research Associate at the Autism Research Centre, Dept of Psychiatry and Fellow of Lucy Cavendish. She provides small-group teaching (supervising) for the Psychology & Behavioural Sciences Tripos and Graduate Medicine course.

Read Amber's full profile here