Dual career services at higher education and research institutions are an important measure for researchers to have both a research career and a family life. However, doctoral candidates and early stage researchers are often excluded from these services. This paper emphasises the significance of dual career opportunities for young researchers and makes recommendations how institutions could support dual career couples in academia.
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The 13th Eurodoc Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting will take place between the 25th and 29th of March 2014, in Budapest, Hungary. All Eurodoc delegates should register for the both: Eurodoc Conference and for Eurodoc AGM. Everyone else should register just for Eurodoc conference.
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More information about Eurodoc Conference & AGM 2014 is possible to find on conference website: http://www.eurodoc2014budapest.hu/index
Three day PhD course including lectures, panel discussions and meetings with students to discuss their research proposals.
This is the second workshop in the PhD training package for the EU Marie Curie Initial Training Network, Universities in the Knowledge Economy (UNIKE).
Date Monday, 24 February 2014 – Wednesday, 26 February 2014
Time Day 1: 9.00 – 18.30; Day 2: 9.00 – 18.00; Day 3: 9.00 – 16.30
Location: Day 1: Graduate School of Education (GSE), University of Bristol, 35 Berkeley Square, Bristol, Days 2 and 3: Mshed, Wapping Road, Princes Wharf, Bristol, BS1 4RN
The workshop will be taught in English, and it is worth 2.5 ECTS.
Three main themes
The workshop will be organised in terms of three main themes:
1. Scientific Training: Trends and Developments in Governance and Ranking in Higher Education
2. Complementary skills: Publishing and disseminating ideas in various genres and media, including conventional and non-conventional academic outlets
3. Aspects of Doctoral Education: The opportunities, challenges, and ethical implications of conducting field research especially while embedded in an organization
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The 13th Eurodoc annual conference will take place between the 25th and 27th of March 2014, in Budapest, Hungary. The event is organised by DOSZ, The association of Hungarian PhD and DLA students, will see early stage researchers (ESRs) from across Europe meet with various other stakeholders in the European Research area (ERA) and European Higher Education Area to discuss the position of ESRs, and how to face the challenges ahead.
The conference will include a number of plenary sessions and workshops which will consider a variety of issues affecting ESRs such as the structural changes being made to improve the position of ESRs and the professional development of researchers, as well as issues such as women in science and interdisciplinarity.
Early stage researchers are not often valued for their contribution to ERA, with many being poorly paid and lacking social security rights. Their status in universities often leads to the impression that they are not fully members of the research community. Yet ESRs represent the majority of researchers, and their numbers are only going to increase as governments and universities seek to train more researchers and do more and ever more research.
Furthermore, the majority of those starting a PhD have little chance to pursue an academic career, or a research career in general. In some places up to 95% of doctoral candidates will not stay in academia; the number of academic jobs is significantly less than the number of qualified researchers. How then are we to ensure that time spent completing a PhD remains useful and meaningful for these people? As the EU seeks to train a million more researchers by 2020, how do we ensure that these people receive the recognition they deserve for their work, that they are treated appropriately, and the work they do proves sufficiently valuable to them and to society once they have left academia? How do we ensure that there are jobs available for them?
This coming Eurodoc conference seeks to take a broad look at these issues and the general circumstances ESRs find themselves in.
The two last days are solely dedicated to Eurodoc Annual General Meeting (AGM) where there will be the presentation of the Administrative Board’s annual report, given by the President; the presentation of the financial report, including the accounts, given by the Treasurer; the ratification of decisions taken by the Administrative Board since the last General Meeting and the election of new a Governing Board and Secretariat.
Draft of Agenda for Eurodoc conference 2014 you can see on the following link: Agenda
Interdisciplinary, international and intersectorial mobility are often used terms by doctoral candidates. However, interdisciplinary mobility is not (currently) tracked. Definitions and methods for monitoring are not developed. The Interdisciplinarity Workgroup would like to stress the necessity of tracking interdisciplinary doctoral candidates and ESRs. The policy paper “Recommendations for Implementing Interdisciplinary Mobility” overviews the steps that need to be implemented.
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