Science, Business and… Careers
ESOF 2020 Science and Science to Business Programme Committees launch a call for session proposals that will explore how career opportunities are evolving, as well as the effect that this evolution will have on both the education system and the job market. The Careers Programme provides opportunities for everyone involved in scientific disciplines, from researchers to representatives from industry, training and educational institutes, science journalists to policy makers to engage with one another to discuss issues and ideas related to researchers either at their early stage or at stage of transition later on in their career.
With economic, social and environmental challenges facing Europe and the new mission-oriented Horizon Europe framework around the corner, providing a strong sense of direction to guide younger generations is a priority, in order to make it easier to develop relevant skillsets which can promote personal and professional growth.
To achieve this, contributions are welcome on the following issues.
RESEARCHER CAREERS: FROM ACADEMIA TO INDUSTRY AND BACK
Proposals are welcome that examine and outline the success factors for career researchers moving from academia into (primarily R&D) functions in industry. Of special interest are the differences and commonalities between the two domains concerning, e.g., the role of team work, organizational objectives, success metrics for project work, or leadership practices. Also of interest are proposals that present best practices or new paradigms in university-industry collaboration that may include the exchange of personnel or the formation of joint research teams. The role of the education system in facilitating the academia-industry transition is another topic of interest, as is the role of university entrepreneurship centres helping undergraduate and graduate students see a path to creating their own companies.
PORTFOLIO CAREERS: COPING WITH INSECURITY AND SEQUENCES OF JOBS IN RESEARCH
It is the normal case that following completion of doctoral education, those who are successful in their ambitions to remain in research face over a decade of movement from one position to another, for example through post-doctoral fellowships, before finally obtaining a ‘permanent’ position.
HORIZONTAL CAREER MOBILITY IN THE 4TH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
The 4th Industrial Revolution has been characterised by Klaus Schwaab as a fusion of new technologies in the physical, digital and biological worlds including artificial intelligence and digitisation with unprecedented levels of connectivity. New skills will be needed to navigate this disruptive environment.
There is a strong need to widen the base of entrepreneurs in Europe and to bring forward people who have the necessary combination of scientific, technological and business skills to create and/or grow science-based businesses. Entrepreneurial education plays an important role in giving researchers, particularly but not exclusively at the early stage of their careers, the capability and motivation to turn ideas into viable businesses. Proposals are welcome both for sessions which analyse and evaluate approaches to entrepreneurship education and for those which engage delegates with science-based entrepreneurship directly.
There will be opportunities to host networking events and interactive workshops within the ESOF 2020 programme. We welcome proposals from individuals, groups and organisations to coordinate:
- a careers fair to bring early career researchers and innovators together with industrial partners, public and private organizations and financial institutions.
- sessions that provide practical career guidance on issues such as managing mobility and pensions.
- thematic workshops that actively engage researchers, students, aspiring entrepreneurs on topics relevant to the science and science to business programmes.
- sessions that support networking and collaboration between research organisations or different research communities.
- session to support the development and interconnection of regional ecosystems that bring together academia, business and policy.
The deadline is June 15th, submit a proposal here