EU2013: Researcher Careers & Mobility Conference

A key conference on Researcher Careers and Mobility was held on 14th and 15th May 2013  in the Printworks Building of Dublin Castle under the auspices of the Irish Presidency of the European Union.

One of the core objectives of the European Research Area is to make Europe a more attractive location for researchers through better career opportunities. This includes dropping nationality restrictions on recruitment and more professional development opportunities for researchers at all stages of their career. Much progress has been made with the Scientific Visa, the European Framework for Research Careers, the Principles of Innovative Doctoral Training and the EURAXESS services. However much more needs to be done to embed the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment.

This conference  provided the opportunity to gauge progress in achieving these objectives and how to make further advances through the interaction of researchers and policy makers.  Through interactive workshops and discussion fora, delegates developed practical initiatives to help Europe overcome the well-known barriers to mobility (between countries and/or employment sectors) and to improve the career prospects for researchers.

The conclusions of the conference will target measures that will help achieve the ERA objectives of better career opportunities for researchers. For example, the conference outcomes will be fed into the Work Programmes for Horizon 2020, the next round of EU funding for research and innovation.

This was a working conference and all delegates participated actively in the plenary sessions and workshops. It was targeted at active researchers at all levels (PhD candidates to professors) in the public and private sector, policy makers, representatives from research funders/ European interest organisations, research employers, universities, representative bodies etc. are welcome too.

The conference was held in central Dublin at the historical location of Dublin Castle, the site of the city’s foundation over 1000 years ago. It was held in the newly renovated Printworks building which is located in the lower castle yard.

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