A key conference on Researcher Careers and Mobility was held on 14th and 15th May 2013 in the Printworks Building of Dublin Castle under the auspices of the Irish Presidency of the European Union. The conference was organised by the Irish Universities Association and funded by the European Commission, with additional financial support from the Irish Research Council.
One of the core objectives of the European Research Area is to make Europe a more attractive location for researchers through better career opportunities. This includes dropping nationality restrictions on recruitment and more professional development opportunities for researchers at all stages of their career. Much progress has been made with the Scientific Visa, the European Framework for Research Careers, the Principles of Innovative Doctoral Training and the EURAXESS services. However much more needs to be done to embed the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment.
The conference was targeted at active researchers at all levels (PhD candidates to professors) in the public and private sector, policy makers, representatives from research funders/ European interest organisations, research employers, universities, representative bodies etc. It provided the opportunity to gauge progress in achieving these objectives and how to make further advances through the interaction of researchers and policy makers. Through interactive workshops and discussion fora, delegates developed practical initiatives to help Europe overcome the well-known barriers to mobility (between countries and/or employment sectors) and to improve the career prospects for researchers. The conclusions of the conference target measures that will help achieve the ERA objectives of better career opportunities for researchers.
Conference Report: EU2013 Research Careers & Mobility Conference Report
Conference Attendee List: RCM Conference Attendee List
Conference Programme: Researcher Careers and Mobility Conference Programme May 2013
Researchers at various stages of their careers were invited to give their personal experiences of their careers to date, planning, mobility, Marie Curie and more. This overview video was shown at the plenary session on the opening day of the conference.
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