EURODOC is the European federation representing doctoral candidates and young researchers from twenty-eight European countries who are members of their national representative organisations.
EURODOC would like to invite you to join one of our workgroups (wg) and contribute actively to improving the working conditions and career prospects of doctoral candidates and young researchers in Europe.
All workgroups are international, with members from many countries, and discussions are conducted via mailing lists.
- use the contact details listed below;
- give your name, the name of your university/research institution and the name of your national organisation;
- give a short description of your interests and why you would like to join a particular workgroup.
EURODOC workgroups are:
Contact: Max Reinhardt, Email: max.reinhardt[AT]eurodoc.net
The survey workgroup prepared a questionnaire with the research
institute INCHER and will conduct a Europe-wide online survey of
doctoral researchers. The questionnaire includes the following topics:
qualification, career path, funding, training and supervision,
conditions of work, academic work, mobility and sociodemographic
indicators. The survey wg will analyse the data of the European level
in order to compare the different models to do a doctorate. Every
volunteer is welcome.
Contact: Snezana Krstic, Email: snezana.krstic[AT]eurodoc.net
Researchers Mobility workgroup has been active since the very
beginning of Eurodoc (2002), contributing to many activities at
European level. Our members have actively participated at many
high-level meetings and other European or national events, contributed
to organization of various events concerning researchers mobility, as
well as to policy documents. Aside from our traditional activities
related to geographical mobility, we have extended activities also to
other sorts of mobility, such as inter-sectorial (academy-industry),
trans-disciplinary, etc. Here are some of our planned activities:
- activities towards recognition of obstacles hindering mobility and
ways to overcome them
- providing consultancy for policy shaping at internal and European level
- joint research degrees / co-tutelle (recognition of difficulties and
promotion of good practice)
- recognition of mobility as an added value for researchers and institutions
- recognition of importance of researchers mobility for international cooperation
- fostering defining institutional frames as support to mobility
- communication of our work and policy
- it is also possible to organize an event
On the top of our short-term activities is response to the EC Green
Paper on European Research Area (the interim report) in regard to
mobility issues, so wide participation of younger researchers in
discussions will be very welcome.
Contact: Erich Kofmel, Email: erich.kofmel[AT]eurodoc.net
Eurodoc's "Career Development" workgroup assumes that doctoral careers
in Europe become increasingly more varied. Over half of doctoral
graduates are now leaving academia immediately following graduation
and many more after initial postdoc positions. The doctorate is not
the developmental milestone in academia that it used to be. Many
countries know further qualifications (such as habilitation, junior
professorship, higher doctorates, Docent) to prepare young researchers
for academia, which has implications for institutions in providing
access to training. The mobility of researchers between academia,
private and public sectors and between European and non-European
countries is of great interest to Eurodoc. The "Career Development"
workgroup will therefore explore means to enable young researchers to
develop their careers from place to place, sector to sector, part-time
or full-time, funded or self-funding. We will for example try,
possibly together with Eurodoc's "Mobility" workgroup, to develop the
concept of "three dimensions of mobility" further to a concept of
"cross-dimensional mobility in European doctoral careers", based on
findings of a Eurodoc workshop in June and as presented at a higher
education research conference of the European Science Foundation (ESF)
in September. "Cross-dimensional mobility" is COMPLEX mobility ACROSS
multiple dimensions: geographic, sectoral, disciplinary, social and
temporal. Eurodoc's "Career Development" workgroup also critically
accompanies and inputs the "DOC-CAREERS" workgroup of the European
University Association (EUA).
Other workgroups you may be interested in include
Contact: Francis Vella, Email: francis.vella[AT]eurodoc.net
- GENDER ISSUES
- SUPERVISION AND TRAINING OF DOCTORAL CANDIDATES
- LABOUR CONDITIONS
- and many more...
For these workgroups we need input as much as people.
EURODOC will be happy to give more information. Just ask.