10 years of commitment to better working conditions for researchers

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10 years of commitment to better working conditions for researchers


Brussels, 3 March 2015

Today, the first two hundred Deans and Rectors from universities and research institutes to have implemented the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers will receive the ‘HR Excellence in Research Award’ for their efforts to create attractive working conditions for researchers in Europe. To mark the event, the European Commission is hosting a conference to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Charter and Code, celebrating the creation of an attractive, open and sustainable labour market for researchers in Europe.

“I congratulate the 206 Deans and Rectors who were the first to take up the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers. Attracting and keeping the best minds in Europe is essential for competitiveness,” said Research, Science and Innovation Commissioner Carlos Moedas. "The Charter and Code have done well in making working conditions for researchers far more appealing. We want Europe to remain a popular destination for the most talented researchers to pursue their careers. It's very encouraging that more than 1500 research institutions and funders from 40 countries in Europe have endorsed the Charter and Code to improve their human resources policies. This is building a strong foundation of research excellence from which we will benefit long into the future."

While the Charter describes the working relationship between researcher and institution, by setting out the roles, rights and responsibilities of researchers, the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers ensures that the selection process for hiring and promoting researchers is fair, merit-based and transparent. The implementation of the Charter and Code is on a voluntary basis and is the responsibility of employers, funding organisations and researchers.

The 'HR Excellence in Research Award' will be an easily recognisable indicator showing researchers that an institution is committed to delivering fair recruitment practices and attractive career opportunities. This will hopefully encourage European researchers to be mobile and entice other talented researchers to pursue a career in Europe.

Researchers relentlessly highlight the importance of mobility for their careers: at EU level, 80 % of internationally mobile researchers believe mobility has strongly increased the advancement of their research skills and 62 % believe mobility has had a positive impact on the quality of their research publications.

European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, will be joined by former Commissioners Philippe Busquin, Janez Potočnik and Máire Geoghegan-Quinn. These key players in setting up and promoting the Charter and Code will discuss its development and the importance of empowering researchers and attracting talent to Europe.

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