Researcher Identity Development: Strengthening Science in Society Strategies (RID-SSISS)

The RID-SSISS project aims not only at helping Early Career Researchers (ECRs), that is doctoral students and postdocs, to develop as researchers.

It also seeks to provide them with the educational resources for acquiring the high-level competences and skills they need to act as researchers in a complex, highly competitive and interdisciplinary context. Such context calls for a new conceptualization of research and a new researcher profile. The RID-SSISS aims to contribute in this direction through the design, implementation and dissemination of training and resources. Moreover, the project has the added value of promoting participatory research and innovative proposals that foster transdisciplinary research among doctoral students and early career researchers.

Project team

Coordinator: Prof. Montserrat Castilló, Universidad Ramon Llull, Catalunia

The project is located at Tallinn University, Estonia, where PI, Professor Erika Löfström is in charge of the project as visiting professor.

Project researcher: Anu Tammelehto, doctoral student at University of Helsinki

PI in charge at the University of Oulu: Professor Kirsi Pyhältö

PI in charge at the University of Lancaster: Professor Lynn McAlpine

Project activities

The project re-conceptualizes the role and identity of junior researchers taking into account these key dimensions, and has the following objectives:

  1. To design, create and assess interactive on-line research-based resources to help early career researchers (ECR, including PhD students and post-doc) to handle everyday issues in interaction with supervisors, teams and communities of reference; scientific writing and production; ethics and integrity; and strategies for developing resilience and regulating emotions.
  2. To develop, validate and set up digital tools that contribute to develop ECR researcher identity and career trajectories through participation and networking in the scientific community.
  3. To raise awareness within the European scientific community of the importance of researcher identity and career development through the presence of digital tools, and to showcase and disseminate proven methodologies, tools and practices to successfully address ECR researcher challenges in advancing their careers.
Presentations and publications
Cooperation and funding

ERASMUS + Strategic Partnerships, project reference: 2017-1-ES01-KA203-038303
Period: 2017-2020

Universidad Ramon Llull (Coordinator)
University of Lancaster
University of Oulu
Tallinn University

Contact information

Professor Kirsi Pyhältö,
Professor Erika Löfström,
All team members: