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Eurodoc luxembourg-afr-2010

  1. 1. Networking amongst young researchers A European perspective Daniel Mietchen & Jelena Štimac EURODOC AFR Networking Day 2010 Luxembourg, 16th December 2010
  2. 2. Content•About Eurodoc•Setting up a national network of youngresearchers – the example of Croatia•Collaborating across Europe on mattersrelevant to young researchers
  3. 3. Eurodoc in EuropeEUROPEAN COUNCIL OF DOCTORALCANDIDATES AND JUNIOR RESEARCHERS• Voice of young researchers in Europe• Contributes to EHEA and ERA policies• Partner of the BFUG, EuropeanCommission, European Parliament,European University Association,Euroscience, European Science OpenForum
  4. 4. About Eurodoc• Arose out of the need of national organisations to Memberscooperate and give youngresearchers a voice at the Board Observers European level • Founded in 2002 in Individual Girona, Spain Secretariat Observers• Federation of 34 national organizations in 33 countries + 1 observer Council / General Meeting Workgroups organization + individualobservers from 3 countries
  5. 5. Eurodoc in EuropeEurodoc’s scope of activitescovers 37 member countries of theEuropean Union and Council ofEurope
  6. 6. Eurodoc on a map
  7. 7. Eurodocs objectives (1)• To represent doctoral candidates and juniorresearchers at the European level in mattersof education, research, and professionaldevelopment of their careers.• To advance the quality of doctoralprogrammes and the standards of researchactivity in Europe• To take part in debates and assist in theelaboration of policies about HigherEducation and Research in Europe.
  8. 8. Eurodocs objectives (2)• To promote the circulation of information onissues regarding young researchers, organizeevents on issues regarding youngresearchers• To establish and promote co-operationbetween national associations representingdoctoral candidates and junior researcherswithin Europe• To support the creation oforganizations aiming at nationa lrepresentations of young reserachers incountries where such representationdoes not exist
  9. 9. Establishing a nationalassociationJelena ŠtimacMreža Mladih Znanstvenika (MLAZ) /YoungScientists Network, Croatia
  10. 10. EURODOC survey•December 10th, 2008-May 31st, 2009• 8.900 participants from more than 30countriesSections:1.Mobility2.Career Path & Qualifications3.Supervision & Training4.Funding & Working Conditions
  11. 11. Status of doctoralcandidates in Europe• At European Ministers’ Conference in Berlin (2003) the doctoral level was incorporated into the Bologna Process as the third cycle• One of the Salzburg principles (2005) declares that “Doctoral candidates as early stage researchers should be recognized as professionals – with commensurate rights - who make a key contribution to the creation of new knowledge”.
  12. 12. Providing the link…“All researchers engaged in a research careershould be recognized as professionalsand be treated accordingly. This shouldcommence at the beginning of theircareers, namely at postgraduate level,and should include all levels, regardless oftheir classification at national level.” EC, DG Research, The European Charter for Researchers & The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, 2005
  13. 13. Status of doctoralcandidates in Europe• Bergen Communiqué of May 2005 “Participants in third cycle programs are considered both, students and early stage researchers“.• Eurodoc calls on the recognition of doctoral candidates as early- stage researchers with commensurate rights.
  14. 14. Status of doctoral candidates Student StatusSource: Eurodoc Survey, “The situation of doctoral candidates within Europe”, 2009.
  15. 15. Providing the link… DOCTORALEHEA PROGRAMMES ERARecognition of the doctoral candidates’ professional status
  16. 16. Doctoral candidatesin Europe From student context into early stage researcher context• doctoral student  doctoral candidate• Ph.D Student  Ph.D Candidate• doctoral studies  doctoral programmes
  17. 17. FundingSource: Eurodoc Survey, “The situation of doctoral candidates within Europe”, 2009.
  18. 18. Funding• For 17,4% the funding does not meet the living costs• 32% don’t receive funding while on maternity/parentity leave• Only 6% of the surveyed doctoral candidates have possibility to obtain funding for more than 4 years• Only 27,2% receive funding for 3 years and 26,6% obtain it for 4 yearsSource: Eurodoc Survey, “The situation of doctoral candidates within Europe”, Bonn 2009
  19. 19. Doctoral education• Coursework should be supportive to research component33% of the doctoral candidates inquiredare to a very high extent working ontasks not directly related to theirdissertationOne third (31.8%) of respondents doesnot spend even an hour per week on thewriting part of the endeavourSource: Eurodoc Survey, “The situation of doctoral candidates within Europe”, Bonn 2009.
  20. 20. Supervision• Institutional responsibility and collective effort• Written and well-defined responsibilities, duties and rights of the supervisor, doctoral candidate and a given institution• Training of supervisors• 57% of the surveyed doctora l candidates have guidelines or regulations on their supervisor´s role• 64.3% of the respondents state that the feedback they receive from a supervisor is either useful or very usefulSource: Eurodoc Survey, “The situation of doctoral candidates within Europe”, Bonn 2009.
  21. 21. Career Development• Institutional responsibility to provide structures for career development• Clear paths of career development for early stage researchers Eurodoc´s survey shows that only 46,4% of doctoral candidates worked before the embark on a doctorate.Source: Eurodoc Survey, “The situation of doctoral candidates within Europe”, Bonn 2009.
  22. 22. Mobility• A common practice not a privilege and not an obligation• In 2005, 6.9% of doctoral candidates were ERA-nationals studying in another ERA country. DG Research (2009) By 2020 the mobility of doctoral candidates in Europe should tripple up to 20% according to ERAB goals
  23. 23. Barriers to Mobility• Only for 10% low funding is not a barrier at all for international mobility• Only for 20% lack of portability of grants and social security system is not a barrier at all for international mobility• Only for 30% reduced opportunities back home are not a barrier at all for international mobility Eurodoc’s survey shows that 30% receive full funding while going abroad and 38% receive NO funding at allSource: Eurodoc Survey, “The situation of doctoral candidates within Europe”, Bonn 2009.
  24. 24. There is a need to:• Provide a clear administrative structure fordoctoral programmes, candidates and supervisors,and offer a clear status for doctoral candidates• Ensure critical mass and help to overcome theisolation of young researchers•Establish quality and assessment standards forsupervision• Ensure appropriate funding for youngresearchers and clear paths for development oftheir careers•Enhance opportunities for mobility, internationalcollaboration and inter-institutional cooperation
  25. 25. Towards what? To prepare early stage researchers, who are the workforce of today’s research institutions, To become top academics, top managers,wise policy makers and business leadersof tomorrow’s knowledge-based society
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