SECURE at reasearch career events

In December 2023, SECURE participated in the conference “Researcher Careers: Policy, Progression and precarity: EU, National and local perspectives”, organised by the University College Cork Research Staff Association (UCCRSA) at the University College Cork (UCC), Ireland. During the conference Dr Gordon Dalton, coordinator of the Project, presented the recent summary of Project activities, covering the …

Are researchers optimistically welcoming the New Year?

If we consider the perspective for researchers’ careers within the EU, the year 2023 was probably one of the most significant in the last decade, especially since EU institutions began addressing the biggest challenges that “beautiful minds” face across the ERA more engagingly than beofre.  In the outgoing year, the Council of the European Union paid significant …

EUA Unveils Visionary R&I Agenda for European Universities

Just a day before the Council of the European Union approved the important conclusions on the impact of Research and Innovation (R&I) in policymaking, the European University Association (EUA) presented an ambitious R&I Agenda for 2027. This strategic roadmap aims to address the evolving role of universities in shaping policies amid changing social circumstances. Social …

Bold Step Toward a Progressive European Research Area

In December 2023, Council of the EU secured a pivotal political agreement that should provide enhanced support to researchers and research careers within the European Union. The Council’s recommendation not only propels efforts to cultivate a more appealing, open, and sustainable European labor market, but extends a welcoming hand to researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs appealing …

Changes in The European Charter for Researchers (part 4)

One of the most urgent needs in the European research sector is developing clear guidelines for improving the status of researchers and improving research career paths. The 4th pillar that is in the proposal for updating The European Charter for Researchers from 2005 relates to research talent development by exploring the following issues: 1. Valuing …

Changes in The European Charter for Researchers (part 3)

The European Charter for Researchers outlines principles fostering a conducive relationship between researchers and employers, promoting successful knowledge generation, mobility, and career development. It emphasizes responsibility and professionalism, applicable to researchers at all career stages across diverse research fields in the EU, embracing various roles beyond research activities. The Charter underscores the value of mobility …

Changes in The European Charter for Researchers (part 2)

“The Charter and Code for Researchers from 2005 need to be revised to respond to the new reality and the current challenges faced by researchers and institutions, including better integration of gender equality and inclusiveness as well as Open Science practices. The new version should be streamlined to simplify its implementation, and the uptake beyond …

Changes in The European Charter for Researchers (part 1)

The European Charter for Researchers is one of the most important policy documents embedded in the very foundations of research in Europe. Since its first publication in 2005, almost 20 years have passed and, given the ever-changing climate in European research and innovation, the European Commission has recognized the need for its improvement, which is …

iRECS Project Promotes Ethical Governance in Evolving Research Landscape

In an era of rapid technological advancement, the importance of ethics in research has never been more critical. On November 13, the EUA (European University Association) is hosting an online focus group and gathering insights and feedback from university leaders, researchers, and experts to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of research ethics. This initiative is part …