As the UK democratically voted for a Brexit, the consequences for higher education and research are not clear. This, unfortunately, places doctoral candidates and junior researchers in the United Kingdom in a potentially vague situation. Especially those early career researchers that rely on European funding as well as continental European early career researchers working in the United Kingdom. As of now, we acknowledge that the article 50 procedure hasn’t been initiated and the current status quo hasn’t been altered as of yet, when the United Kingdom does take this step to leave the European Union a new challenge for academia might arise. As Eurodoc, an organisation that supports the interests of doctoral candidates and junior researchers across Europe, we see this as a serious problem in need of a remedy. The position of early career researchers needs to be made clear and protected in the event of Brexit. We argue that Brexit should not result in a loss of quality and opportunity for early career researchers. As Eurodoc, we hope our equals in the United Kingdom will not be limited in their pursuit of truth and knowledge. With this, we refer to the lifting of barriers as proposed by the European Research Area (ERA) and the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). We hope that the Brexit does not restrict the mobility and potential scientific collaboration across Europe, as Eurodoc envisions a ERA and EHEA policies where all researchers are duly recognised for their contributions. We exclaim our belief in a transparent form of academia with open access to all those who, in the words of Sir Isaac Newton, believe in the notion: “standing on the shoulders of giants.”
June 13th Brussels, Belgium
Eurodoc Annual Conference, General Meeting and New Board 2016
The 2016 Eurodoc Annual Conference took place on the campus of the University of Luxembourg, in the city of Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg, between April 20th and 21st and was co-organised by the Association of Early-Career-Researchers of Luxembourg, LuxDoc.
The conference “Early-stage-researchers’ training: which future?” addressed the challenges for a modern vision of the doctorate. Early-career-researchers are the next generation of highly skilled professionals. As such, they must be trained, in the practice and production of excellent research, not only for Academia but for a variety of careers in a knowledge-based society.
The AGM of EuroDoc (22-23 April, Luxembourg) allowed a fruitful discussion between members of important aspects of the organization and elected new Board, WG Coordinators, other Administration and Advisory Board. See the full list of names and positions below.
The European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers (Eurodoc) and Luxembourg’s Young Researchers Association (LuxDoc a.s.b.l.) are happy to announce that registrations are now open for the 16th Eurodoc Conference held at the University of Luxembourg in Esch-Belval. The conference entitled Early stage researchers’ training: which future? will take place on 20 and 21 April in Luxembourg.
Register now via this link.
The European Commission has made a new proposal to define the conditions of entry and residence of third-country national researchers, students, pupils, volunteers and unpaid trainees, repealing the existing student directive (2004/114/EC) and researcher directive (2005/71/EC).
As the proposal is currently under discussion in trilogue negotiations between the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of European Union, this discussion paper underlines some of the main issues, raised by the current proposal, concerning doctoral candidates and junior researchers employed by research institutions.
Within the diversity of administrative and legal framework under which a researcher, at any stage of his/her career, the researcher status is the one which recognizes better the research activity. It usually goes with a proper contract of employment.
However, other issues, such as scientific visas and conditions of mobility for 3rd country nationals researchers in different frameworks of research mobility and/or programs, also have to be discussed. These conditions are defined in other directives and regulations.
The Eurodoc paper and recommendations on the entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of research are now published, You can read the paper by clicking on this link.