Human Resources Excellence in Research

EURAXESS Rights aims at better employment and working conditions for researchers throughout Europe, thereby helping to enhance the attractiveness of European research careers. One of the cornerstones of EURAXESS Rights is the implementation of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers supports the implementation of the "Charter & Code" principles and provides for the award of the 'HR Excellence in Research' logo.

The "HR Excellence in Research" award gives public recognition to research institutions that have made progress in aligning their human resource policies with the principles set out in the "Charter & Code". Institutions that have been awarded the right to use the icon can use it to highlight their commitment to implement fair and transparent recruitment and appraisal procedures for researchers.

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Pensions for Researchers

Researchers are a higly skilled and mobile workforce. However, because of their mobility, gaps can arise in their social security protection and the transfer of their pension rights. In addition, there is no clear, adequate information available about these rights. Therefore, the European Commission is addressing these issue on both a policy and pratical level.

GET MORE! The EURAXESS Services Centres

To better plan and organise their stay in a foreign European country, researchers and their families can also benefit of the free and personalised assistance offered by the EURAXESS Services Centres, a network of more than 200 centres located in 40 different European countries.

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Entry Conditions

Non-EU national, or also called "third country national", researchers have several possibilities to enter the European Union for work. The Scientific Visa Package, adopted in 2005, aims to facilitate third country researchers' entry conditions.

GET MORE! The EURAXESS Services Centres

To better plan and organise their stay in a foreign European country, researchers and their families can also benefit of the free and personalised assistance offered by the EURAXESS Services Centres, a network of more than 200 centres located in 40 different European countries.

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Research Career Development

Researcher career development will be the subject of more detailed focus in the near future. Watch this space for news.

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The Euraxess Tour 2015
  • Vitae Connections: Supporting Open Researchers, 1 December, Leeds

    01 JAN 2000

    A wide range of organisations involved in research have ‘open’ on their horizons. Governments, policy makers, funders and the public globally have increasing expectations that the outputs of publicly funded research should be available for the public good. The European Commission recommends strengthening of the knowledge-based economy through open science and open innovation. Institutions are focusing effort on open access, institutional repositories for publications and data, the digital infrastructure to make ‘open’ possible, and the greater engagement of the public and research users at all stages in research.
    This event responds to the increasing expectations for researchers to be more ‘open’ in their research through open access publication, open data, and their social media presence. It aims to explore implications for the professional and career development of researchers; taking into account the competencies needed for success in an open research environment and developed through being an Open Researcher.

    Outcomes of attending this event:

    Staff/Researcher developers, HR/Career specialists, Research managers and administrators

    •    enhance your understanding of the open research environment
    •    design relevant and well-informed training and development opportunities to help your researchers thrive in an open research environment
    •    invest in your own professional development
    •    network with colleagues

    Academics, Senior managers, Research leaders, Funders

    •    be aware of strategic implications of the open research environment for developing the next generation of researchers
    •    ensure your researchers are well-positioned to take advantage of open research for better visibility of their research
    •    enhance the visibility and reputation of your institution
    •    network with colleagues

    Book your place HERE

  • BREAKING NEWS ! Innovative and interdisciplinary scientific eyes on the refugee crisis

    01 JAN 2000

    Young Academies can and should contribute to addressing the refugee
    crisis. We have the capacity to bring together experts, from a range of
    disciplines and countries, and to collaborate to support and inform the
    development of creative and innovative approaches to the crisis.
    Involving experts from Europe, including the Balkan countries, (former)
    countries of conflict, and neighboring countries, will allow for the
    inclusion and exchange of local experience and insight.
    We will develop a vision document that is based on the latest evidence,
    to provide policy makers and committed citizens with information and
    potential approaches to address various aspects of the current refugee
    crisis. We intend to provoke an active and nuanced dialogue via social
    and traditional media.

    Our specific objectives are to:

    1.     Develop a brief or statement for policy makers and committed
    2.     Liaise with international policy makers to ensure the brief is
    3.     Initiate and encourage a nuanced dialogue about evidence
    regarding the refugee crisis and ways of addressing it;
    4.     Encourage interdisciplinary collaboration among an international
    group of excellent young scientists, including scientists who are

    Expert Meeting 10 & 11 December 2015

    The Global Young Academy and the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences and
    Arts organize a two-day expert meeting to develop the vision document.
    The meeting will include up to 20 young scientists from a wide range of
    disciplines will take place 10-11 December in Amsterdam, and it will be
    hosted at the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts. A professional
    facilitator from the training company KnowInnovation will moderate the
    process. We plan to involve online input from a broad community of young
    scientists around the world, including scientists who are refugees.

    There is a button for Call for participants.

  • SAVE the DATE ! Attracting skilled researchers through a strengthened HRS4R

    01 JAN 2000

    SEMINAR - BRUSSELS, 28 January 2016

    While implementing the concept of the European Research Area (ERA), the European Commission is committed to increasing the attractiveness of research careers in Europe, and to improving employment and working conditions for researchers.
    Recently, a series of expert workshops took place to 'strengthen' the current implementation procedure (HRS4R) of the principles of Charter and Code (C&C).

    This seminar addresses high-level HR managers from institutions having already accomplished steps 4 and/or step 5 of the current HRS4R implementation procedure.
    The maximum number of participants is limited to 60 and will be granted on a 'first come - first serve' basis (step 5 institutions are priority).

  • NEW! Open, Transparent and Merit-based Recruitment of Researchers (OTM-R)

    01 JAN 2000

    What is it about?
    The ‘OTM-R Package’ is a set of practical and useful tools for implementing Open, Transparent and Merit-based recruitment practices in Research Performing Organisations.
    It includes:
    •    The rationale: Why is OTM-R essential?
    •    The principles and guideline: What a good OTM-R system should look like?
    •    A checklist for institutions as a self-assessment tool: How do the current practices rate?
    •    The toolkit: A step by step guide to improve the OTM-R practices
    •    Examples of good practice

    Why is it needed?
    OTM-R ensures that the best person for the job is recruited, guarantees equal opportunities and access for all, facilitates developing an international portfolio (cooperation, competition, mobility) and makes research careers more attractive.

    What is in it for me?
    OTM-R brings benefits to researchers, institutions and the wider research system. More specifically, OTM-R makes research careers more attractive, ensures equal
    opportunities for all candidates and facilitates mobility. Overall, it may contribute to an increase in the cost-effectiveness of investments in research!

    Discover more at the EURAXESS Policy Library/Research Careers section!

  • DO YOU KNOW how many institutions got the 'HR Excellence in Research' award?

    01 JAN 2000

    To date 260 research institutions have been awarded the 'HR Excellence in Research' badge. To see who are they, click on the title!