Annual Conference

Every year EURODOC convenes to an international conference for young researchers. The aim of the EURODOC conference is to provide the framework for young European researchers to meet with European political and economic leaders and to engage in fruitful discussions on the construction of the European Research and Higher Education Areas. More »

Workgroups

Eurodoc has several workgroups: Career Development, Gender Equality, Interdisciplinarity, Mobility, Policy Research, Open Access, Governance, Finance, and Communication. The three latter are internal workgroups. All the workgroups serve as a platform for dealing with specific topics of young researchers in Europe. More »

History of Eurodoc

During the general meeting Eurodoc celebrated 10 years since its founding commemorating events and achievements since the first general meeting in Girona, Spain, in 2002. More »

Eurodoc conference & AGM 2011 Vilnius

During the annual Eurodoc conference in Vienna in 2010, we looked back on achievements in the major policy agendas. More »

The Eurodoc board 2011

The Eurodoc board 2011, elected in Vilnius during the 2011 Annual Meeting. More »

Eurodoc members

Eurodoc is an international federation of 35 national organisations representing PhD candidates and young researchers from 35 countries of the European Union, and the Council of Europe. More »

Eurodoc projects

Eurodoc is part of many European and international projects More »

Join Eurodoc

Eurodoc consists of 35 member organisations. They all aim to improve the conditions of young researchers in their country, both by getting involved in research and higher education policy, but also by promoting interdisciplinary communication and networking. More »

AGM Krakow 2012

Eurodoc Annual General Meeting Krakow 2012 More »

Policy Papers

Policy Papers More »

Statutes and Regulations

Since 2005, Eurodoc is established under Belgium law as a non-profit international organisation. More »

Eurodoc conference Budapest 2014

Eurodoc conference Budapest 2014 More »

 

Update Recommendations entry and residence of third-country nationals

Eurodoc would like to inform that the publication of the Eurodoc recommendations on the entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purpose of research has been delayed due to sick leave. As a not-for-profit organisation run solely by volunteers, Eurodoc thanks you for your understanding.

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PRESS RELEASE: Eurodoc recommendations on the entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purpose of research

Brussels, July 13, 2015

 Eurodoc recommendations on the entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purpose of research
Towards a more adequate framework

Facing fundamental demographic and economic challenges, the European Union institutions recognize the need to attract talented researchers and innovators from outside the EU. As experience has shown that the existing student directive (2004/114) and researcher directive (2005/71) for these groups do not suffice to achieve the set aims, the European Commission has made a new proposal to improve the conditions of entry and residence of third-country national researchers, students, pupils, volunteers and unpaid trainees.

As the proposal is currently under discussion in trilogue negotiations… Read more>>

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Press Release: Eurodoc Annual Conference, General Meeting and New Board 2015

PRESS RELEASE

Brussels, Belgium, June 2015

EMPOWERING YOUNG RESEARCHERS IN EUROPE: ENGAGEMENT AND PARTICIPATION

 Eurodoc Annual Conference, General Meeting and New Board 2015

The 2015 Eurodoc Annual Conference took place in the city of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, between April 27th and 28th and was co-organised by the Romanian Society of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers (Rodoc). The conference ‘Empowering Young Researchers in Europe: Engagement and Participation’ brought together representatives from NGOs across Europe to discuss what they are doing to support early stage researchers. Invited external speakers and Eurodoc members presented how they are dealing with the issues that affect them, and the projects they are working on. The conference provided an opportunity for sharing ideas and exchanging good practice.

The conference was followed by the Annual General Meeting, during which Eurodoc’s projects, strategic aims and goals for the upcoming year were discussed. A new board has been elected, and legally took over on the first of June after the transition period’s expiry.

This year’s board is composed as follows. Margaux Kersschot (BE) was elected as the new president, Carole Chapin (FR) became vice-president, Miia Ijäs (FI) is secretary, Clemens Nyffeler (CH) is the new treasurer, and Marcell Gáspár (HU), Sanjin Marion (HR) and Ewelina Pabjańczyk-Wlazło (PL) have become general board members.

For the year 2015-2016, Eurodoc will pursue the goal of ensuring the recognition of the value and the purpose of the doctorate. Eurodoc will continue the activities for the second Eurodoc Survey and its support for collaborations between its national members. Furthermore, actions to increase awareness on why the activities of doctoral candidates and junior researchers qualify as professional activities will be continued, contributing to a better recognition through adequate working conditions.

Eurodoc’s annual activities and outcomes will be supported by a wider external communication.

 

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Eurodoc Opposes the Dutch Bursary Experiment

Eurodoc offers its full support to the statement issued by our Dutch member Promovendi Netwerk Nederland.

We are strongly opposed to this experiment, and believe it will be a step backwards for the Dutch system. We support employee status for all doctoral candidates across Europe, with full rights to social security and other employee benefits.

Providing full employment contracts, offering appropriate compensation and full social security and pension rights is the best way to attract and retain motivated research staff. Fully professionalising the research career can only help to improve the quality of research and other work performed by researchers. However we would also stress that it is not just social security contributions that are at stake here, it is how academia, and others, wish to view doctoral candidates. We regard them as professional academic workers, and full members of the research community. Classing them as students fails to recognise this, and we risk the situation where academia comes to treat them as an expendable resource.

We would further emphasise that the situation in the Netherlands goes against all that is considered good practice in Europe. This includes the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, which asks that all researchers be regarded as professionals. The implementation of the Charter & Code’s principles is supported by the European Commission via the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers, and many European research institutions and universities are working to such principles in their policies and practices.

It also includes the EUA’s Salzburg II principles and other reports which call for doctoral candidates to be treated as professionals with all rights such as healthcare, social security and pension rights, and a more recent statement from the Trade Unions Committee for Education, which has asked for all doctoral candidates to be made employees of their institution.

We cannot see how denying some doctoral candidates certain rights serves to enhance the Dutch research system. Previous ‘experiments’ were never fully analysed, and the studies that were done produced negative results. We would rather Minister Bussemaker and the Dutch Universities took the advice of the Council of State and rejected the use of student doctoral candidates.

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Eurodoc Conference and AGM – Registration Open

Registration for Eurodoc’s 2015 annual conference and AGM is now open via the conference website! Additional information will be added to the website in the coming few weeks.

The conference will take place from the 27th – 28th April 2015 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, which will be the European Capital of Youth for 2015. Eurodoc’s members will be present talking about how they are dealing with the issues that affect them, and the projects they are working on. The conference will provide an opportunity for the sharing of ideas and exchange of good practice. We hope to welcome many other organisations from across Europe and hear more about what they are doing to support and empower young researchers.

The event is being organised by Eurodoc and RoDoc, the association of doctoral candidates in Romania. Immediately following the conference, Eurodoc will hold its annual general meeting on the 29th and 30th April.

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