The coronavirus pandemic has caused significant difficulties in research, particularly for early-stage researchers. In-person conferences and events in our field have been cancelled, and it has become difficult, if not impossible, for early-stage researchers to present their work to our wider scholarly community, to receive feedback and advice from more senior scholars, and to start building their own networks of contacts. As a response, we launched emmaConnect.

emmaConnect will bring together early-stage researchers and more experienced scholars in an informal and temporary set-up. This could take the form of a single online conversation or multiple conversations about the research or career path of the early-stage researcher. It might (or might not) lead to research collaboration with the more experienced scholar and his or her team, or, possibly, the inclusion of the early-stage researcher in online meetings of other PhD students or post-doc students at the advanced scholar’s university. Early-stage researchers can apply here. We are grateful that many experienced scholars are willing to share their expertise and knowledge in the field of media management and media economics research with emma members who are less advanced in their academic careers. 

How does emmaConnect work?

1. The list of names of experienced scholars, plus their fields of research and interests, can be found here.

2. From this list, early-stage researchers will be able to choose up to three experienced academics with whom they’d like to have one-on-one discussions.

3. Early-stage researchers will apply to emmaConnect. Besides naming the experienced scholars they would like to be put in contact with, they will provide information on their research interests and a short letter explaining how discussions with particular academics would benefit their PhD research or research interests.

4. The emma board will review the applications from early-stage researchers and facilitate their matching with the experienced scholars, in close co-ordination with the latter.

5. Once the matching process is complete, the experienced scholar and the early-stage researcher can arrange the date, time, and modality of their virtual meeting.