Early-career scientists should have a say in developing the policies that can help them in the short term as well as benefit the scientific system in the long term, writes Adriana Bankston.
Through my own career transition from academic research into science policy, I have realized the importance of universities supporting the next generation of scientists. Over the years, I have written several articles on the needs of early-career scientists during training, professional development and career progression both within and outside academe. In this essay, I want to emphasize the need for the next generation to get involved in shaping the future of science, technology, engineering and mathematics through policy change.
Early-career scientists should have a say in shaping the policies that can help them in the short term as well as benefit the scientific system in the long term. I have always advocated for their voices to be heard and their contributions to be included in policy making, and I want to focus on that idea in this essay.
The future of our country is in the hands of the next generation. Therefore, the involvement of students, postdocs, policy fellows and early-career scholars in shaping education, training and the job market in ways that are equitable and create opportunities for all is imperative for developing a better future for our nation.