Career development for researchers in Europe - Sharing good practices, building bridges

September 6, 2020 10:15 - 11:45

Location: Virtual Room 2


Investment in research and PhD training is vital for Europe and it is crucial that skills and expertise gained within academia are harnessed for careers not only in academia, but also in the non-academic sector. Career development training of doctoral candidates, postdoctoral researchers and academics is widespread in Europe, but it is patchy and inconsistent. Policies have helped towards resolving these inconsistencies, with the appointment of careers advisers and the introduction of activities and events (internal and external) to assist in many aspects of career development, but there is still much work to be done. For example, EU Life and Alliance4Life initiatives are seeking to build excellence in the life sciences and help close the gap in disparities by transforming institutional cultures. In this session, we will hear from programme managers and professional careers advisers, who belong to ‘Careers Advisers for Researchers in Europe’ (CARE), an 80-strong network founded at ESOF2014 in Copenhagen, to celebrate examples of good practice. Together with session participants and representatives of the academic community, we aim to build bridges amongst those involved in career development in countries across Europe, to create discourse around effectiveness and engagement. Using on-line tools such as Mentimeter, social media and group discussion we want to capture opinions, stories and experiences from a wide range of stakeholders to include during the session and afterwards, as we strive to build an inclusive picture across the European academic community. In this way, we aim to assist in expanding and strengthening the career development support network, so that doctoral candidates, researchers and academics will have greater awareness of, and access to, professional career support, especially those looking to transition out of academia into industry, business and other non-academic careers."

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