The JURE "Junior Researchers of EARLI" is a network dedicated to the interests of all junior researchers of EARLI.
The term "junior researcher" includes PhD-students and graduates who have received their doctorate within the last two years.
The primary aim of JURE is to represent and support research students on matters that are of interest to them. Furthermore, learning and interaction among all junior researchers as well as among junior and senior researchers are significant goals for JURE.
JURE arranges meetings where junior researchers can discuss their research topics with other juniors as well as with seniors, and where they can attend workshops on various topics, for instance academic writing and presentation skills. JURE provides an environment where juniors can socialise and participate in a scientific community.
The biennial JURE pre-conferences are aimed towards the improvement of presentation and discussion competencies of junior researchers. Short workshops are also organised, conducted by senior researchers. The pre-conferences provide an occasion to share research concerns with peers and with more experienced senior researchers. This event is called the pre-conference, because it precedes the biennial EARLI conference, which attracts about 1400 scholars from all parts of Europe. The theme of this pre-conference corresponds with the theme of the biennial EARLI conference.
The organisation of these activities for junior researchers in education is unique; since no other international association provides similar facilities for the improvement of research skills and initiation into the profession for junior scientists in the field of learning and instruction. In certain European countries, there are national training initiatives for young educational researchers, but only EARLI promotes international involvement. The approach to organising these events that promote professional development and international networking is also original. An important aspect of professional development lies in activities that are often extraneous to one's own work. Activities such as reviewing papers, acting as chair or discussant at scientific sessions, and organising conferences, are important skills for junior researchers to acquire if they do not only want to conduct studies, but truly want to become "a researcher". Hence, EARLI creates a learning opportunity for junior researchers by encouraging them to become actively involved in the organisation of the pre-conferences and the research schools. For each event, a separate organising committee is appointed, which consists of junior researchers who volunteer for membership of the committee.