Early Researchers Union

The Early Researchers Union (ERU) at the European Association of Developmental Psychology (EADP) was established in 2008 in order to increase the opportunity for network, collaboration and knowledge exchange of student and young members of the EADP at the early stages of their career. The Early Researchers Union is meant for undergraduate students, graduate/PhD students, researchers, postdocs, or junior faculty members (up to assistant professorship) primarily interested in developmental psychology and/or an area relevant to the study of human development.

What is the ERU mission?


Develop, coordinate and facilitate learning/training opportunities for student and early researchers


  1. Develop joint publications and collaborations in a cross-national perspective (writing week/events)
  2. Propose and/or organize symposia and events for student and early researchers at the biennial meeting of EADP
  3. Organize events to broaden knowledge and competence in research and labour market related issues (e.g., workshops, website, newsletter)
  4. Provide information regarding external funding possibilities and vacant jobs to ERU network


Exchange information and experiences about PhD studies, scholarships and programs in different European countries, the United States of America and beyond


  1. Develop common initiatives, maintain and strengthen relations with young scholars in major organizations in the developmental science and related fields (e.g., SRCD, APA, EARA, SRA, ISSBD, IACCP)
  2. Increase student and early researchers participation in EADP across Europe (via ERU national representatives)
  3. Exchange information and gain visibility through website, mailing list, regular newsletters
  4. Upon agreement with EADP, facilitate funding opportunities for student and early researchers (conference fellowships and ERU best poster award)




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