With the generous sponsorship of the European Geosciences Union (EGU), the World Data System of the International Science Council is delighted to offer a Research Data Management Training Workshop aimed at early career researchers and scientists. Application closes 12 August 2019.

The management and curation of research data is a very timely topic. All researchers rely on data they have themselves collected or that are the outputs of previous studies. Moreover, researchers are increasingly required to organize the long-term storage and access of the data used to obtain their results. As such, data training is highly relevant to budding scientists as they embark on their careers.

The workshop, Data Curation and Management: Current Achievements and Future Challenges, will take place on 6–8 November 2019 at Institut de Physique du Globe in Paris, France. Twenty-four places are available, with dormitory accommodation and meals covered. There is also limited funding available towards some participants travel costs. If more people apply than there are places available, selection of participants by the WDS Scientific Committee (WDS-SC) will be based upon their interest in the workshop.


Participants should be in the early stages of their career, with both PhD students and Postdocs welcomed.

Since the workshop is sponsored by the EGU, attendees are preferred to:

  • Have a background in the Earth Sciences. Nevertheless, all scientific disciplines are in scope.
  • Be based in Europe, as the programme may have an EU focus. ECRs from outside of Europe may attend; however, limited funding means that requests to cover travels costs are likely to be rejected.

A gender balance will be strived for.


The following is covered for all participants:

  • Accommodation (dormitory): 6–8 November (two nights)
  • Meals: 6 November (dinner), 7 November (all), 8 November (breakfast, lunch) 

To the greatest extent possible, participants should cover their own transportation costs. A small amount of funding is available towards travel expenses (especially for those in the EU). Please make a request for support — detailing exactly how much is needed and for what — when applying for the workshop. 

Workshop Content

The purpose of the workshop is to gain practical skills in data curation and management. Training will take the form of lectures and group discussions, plus working on individual problems. Possible topics are outlined below. However, to gauge the content of the training, potential participants are asked for their expectations regarding the training in advance when submitting their applications.

All participants will be presented with a certificate of attendance at the end of the course.

Application closes 12 August 2019.

To find out more about workshop content and how to apply, please visit the ICSU-WDS website. 

The MRI is a partner member of the International Science Council World Data System, which has been established to promote long-term stewardship of, and universal and equitable access to, quality-assured scientific data and data services, products, and information across a range of disciplines in the natural and social sciences, and the humanities. As a member, MRI subscribes to and supports the WDS in its mission for universal and equitable access to scientific data and information.

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