Insights into technical challenges in the field of microplastic pollution through the lens of early career researchers (ECRs) and a proposed pathway forward
Danopoulos, Evangelos1; Stanton, Thomas2; Ma, Yini3; Horton, Alice A.4; Chen, Qiqing5; Levermore, Joseph M.6; Li, Jiana7; Mcgoran, Alexandra R.8,9,10; Lai, Yujian11; Nolte, Stefanie10,12; Li, Ruilong13; Barrantes, Lucrecia Alvarez14; Tu, Chen15; Beaumont, Hazel16; Williams, Ben17; Hartl, Mark G. J.18; Shi, Huahong5; Rotchell, Jeanette M.19; Nel, Holly A.10,20
Keywordrepresentativeness contamination comparability time constraints networking limitations
Corresponding AuthorDanopoulos, Evangelos( ; Tu, Chen(
AbstractEarly career researchers (ECR) face a series of challenges related to the inherent difficulties of starting their careers. Microplastic (MP) research is a topical field attracting high numbers of ECRs with diverse backgrounds and expertise from a wealth of disciplines including environmental science, biology, chemistry and ecotoxicology. In this perspective the challenges that could hinder scientific, professional, or personal development are explored, as identified by an international network of ECRs, all employed in MP research, that was formed following a bilateral workshop for scientists based in the UK and China. Discussions amongst the network were grouped into four overarching themes of technical challenges: in the field, in the laboratory, in the post data collection phase, and miscellaneous. The three key areas of representativeness, access to appropriate resources, training, and clean labs, and the use of databases and comparability, as well as the overarching constraint of available time were identified as the source of the majority of challenges. A set of recommendations for pathways forward are proposed based on the principles of research openness, access to information and training, and widening collaborations. ECRs have great capacity to promote research excellence in the field of MPs and elsewhere, when provided with appropriate opportunities and suitable support.
Funding OrganizationThe authors declare financial support was received for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article. This work was funded by a Newton Fund Researcher Links grant ID 2019-RLWK11-10166 under the UK-China partnership. The grant is funded by th ; Newton Fund Researcher Links grant ; UK-China partnership - UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy ; National Natural Science Foundation of China
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WOS IDWOS:001104210200001
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Corresponding AuthorDanopoulos, Evangelos; Tu, Chen
Affiliation1.Univ Hull, Hull York Med Sch, Kingston Upon Hull, England
2.Loughborough Univ, Geog & Environm, Loughborough, England
3.Hainan Univ, Coll Ecol & Environm, Haikou, Peoples R China
4.Natl Oceanog Ctr, Southampton, England
5.East China Normal Univ, State Key Lab Estuarine & Coastal Res, Shanghai, Peoples R China
6.Imperial Coll London, MRC Ctr Environm & Hlth, Environm Res Grp, London, England
7.Ningbo Acad Ecol & Environm Sci, Ningbo, Peoples R China
8.Royal Holloway Univ London, Sch Life Sci & Environm, Dept Biol Sci, Egham, England
9.Nat Hist Museum, Dept Life Sci, London, England
10.Ctr Environm Fisheries & Aquaculture Sci, Lowestoft, England
11.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Hangzhou Inst Adv Study, Sch Environm, Hangzhou, Peoples R China
12.Univ East Anglia, Sch Environm Sci, Norwich, England
13.Guangxi Univ, Coll Marine Sci, Nanning, Peoples R China
14.Univ Hull, Energy & Environm Inst, Kingston Upon Hull, England
15.Chinese Acad Sci, Yantai Inst Coastal Zone Res, CAS Key Lab Coastal Environm Proc & Ecol Remediat, Yantai, Peoples R China
16.Univ West England, Dept Geog & Environm Management, Bristol, England
17.Univ West England, Air Qual Management Resource Ctr, Bristol, England
18.Heriot Watt Univ Riccarton, Inst Life & Earth Sci, Ctr Marine Biodivers & Biotechnol, Sch Energy Geosci Infrastruct & Soc, Edinburgh, Scotland
19.Univ Hull, Dept Biol & Marine Sci, Kingston Upon Hull, England
20.Univ Birmingham, Sch Geog Earth & Environm Sci, Birmingham, England
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Danopoulos, Evangelos,Stanton, Thomas,Ma, Yini,et al. Insights into technical challenges in the field of microplastic pollution through the lens of early career researchers (ECRs) and a proposed pathway forward[J]. FRONTIERS IN EARTH SCIENCE,2023,11:9.
APA Danopoulos, Evangelos.,Stanton, Thomas.,Ma, Yini.,Horton, Alice A..,Chen, Qiqing.,...&Nel, Holly A..(2023).Insights into technical challenges in the field of microplastic pollution through the lens of early career researchers (ECRs) and a proposed pathway forward.FRONTIERS IN EARTH SCIENCE,11,9.
MLA Danopoulos, Evangelos,et al."Insights into technical challenges in the field of microplastic pollution through the lens of early career researchers (ECRs) and a proposed pathway forward".FRONTIERS IN EARTH SCIENCE 11(2023):9.
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