December 2010, 4th Edition

Singapore and India join EURAXESS Links

EURAXESS Links is a vital networking tool for European researchers already established in the US, China and Japan. Given its success in creating links between European researchers abroad and catering effectively for their needs, EURAXESS Links has now expanded to Singapore and India.

EURAXESS Links started its activities in 2006 in the USA. Its vision is to become a global community acting as the forum for European researchers abroad, providing them with a virtual connection to Europe. By creating this link, they remain connected to Europe and act as European ambassadors in their own right, encouraging scientific cooperation between their host countries and Europe.

Following services can be expected from EURAXESS China, India, Japan, Singapore and USA:

  • Networking opportunities with events, web forums, researchers’ databases, etc.
  • Information through websites, newsletters and information days
  • Collaboration, career & funding opportunities in Europe through career fairs, EURAXESS Jobs, “matchmaking” via forum, joint conferences and workshops.

If you are a researcher in any of these countries, do not hesitate to get in touch with your local EURAXESS Links officers or register yourself directly on the website. In the coming years EURAXESS Links plan to expand to Brazil, Canada and South Africa, so European researchers in these countries can look out for EURAXESS Links near them in the future. See the EURAXESS Links site for further updates.


Study on Mobility Patterns and Career Paths of EU Researchers

Through a series of international surveys, the MORE study (Mobility and Career Paths of EU Researchers) produced a wealth of information on the extent to which researchers in universities, research organisations and industry are internationally mobile, the motivating factors and barriers to mobility, the extent of inter-sectoral mobility, as well as the positive link between student mobility and researcher mobility.

In addition, the survey of EU-US researcher mobility shed light on the drivers of mobility between the EU and US, assessed the attractiveness of the EU research environment vis-à-vis the US, as well as the impact of mobility on a researcher’s career.

Some highlights:

  • Although the number of researchers in the EU (1.5 million FTE in 2008) has been increasing since 2000 at a faster rate than in the US and Japan, the EU still lags behind in the share of researchers in the total labour force. Recent estimates suggest that 1 million additional researchers will be needed in Europe by 2020 to meet the R&D targets set by the EU.

  • On average 56% of EU university-based researchers have conducted research in a foreign country (for a minimum of 3 months) at least once in their researcher career. There is a clear north-south split with Greece, Portugal, Spain and Italy featuring among the top-five countries in terms of highly mobile researchers.

  • 80% of these internationally mobile researchers believed that this mobility experience had a positive impact upon their career. Moreover, 64% are considering further mobility in the future. The US was the most frequently nominated country among researchers considering mobility in the future. The US was followed in order by UK, Germany and France.

  • The main motives for researchers to go abroad are training and development goals, personal research agenda and career progression goals. In contrast, non-mobile researchers cite personal and family factors so these can be regarded as a barrier. In terms of future mobility, previously-mobile researchers cite 'finding a suitable position', 'obtaining funding' and 'making childcare arrangements' as the main obstacles.

To read the full study on researchers’ mobility, please click here

Success story:

Dr. Sudhakar Pedireddi from India benefitted from EURAXESS when extending
his stay in Ireland

After completing his PhD in Biotechnology and working at the Georg-August University of Goettingen, Germany, Indian born Sudhakar Peddireddi moved to Ireland on a Hosting Agreement to work on the discovery of Bioactives at the Centre of Applied Marine Biotechnology (CAMBio), located at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology
(LYIT) campus.

In April 2010, he applied to the local immigration officer to remain in Ireland as his contract, and therefore his Hosting Agreement, had expired. While the institute did not have funds to continue his Hosting Agreement with pay, they were happy to allow him the use the facilities and continue his research work for a number of months. As his local immigration officer was not aware of the details of the Hosting Agreement system, he was refused even a short time extension.

At that stage he approached Dr. Magdalena Wislocka at the EURAXESS Ireland Helpdesk in Dublin, an expert on Hosting Agreements in Ireland. She was able to provide much needed assurance to him and to his host Institute and, through her contacts in the Immigration Policy Section of the Department of Justice in Dublin, was able to secure an extension of Sudhakar’s visa in a very short period of time. Sudhakar is certain that without the support and advice he received from Magda and the expertise of the EURAXESS office in relation to Hosting Agreements and Immigration Policy, he would not have been allowed to stay and complete his research project in Ireland.


Connecting Continents - Creating Careers! European Career Fair in the USA

The 15th annual European Career Fair brings students and graduates from America’s top universities in contact with the top echelon of employers from Europe. As one of the largest transatlantic career fairs in the US, the Fair will be held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA, on January 22nd-24th, 2011.

The Fair is a three-day recruiting event on the campus of MIT. It will gather European employers with talented candidates from all disciplines, including engineering, management, natural and life sciences, economics, and computer science. Participating employers from public, private, national and international companies and institutions use the first day to present their organisations at a fair booth, and two subsequent days to schedule onsite interviews with promising candidates.

For further information please visit