Eurodoc signs a open letter to European Parliament to halt a copyright reform which is perceived as potentially harmful. It mainly criticizes Articles 11 and 13 which might further restrict access to scientific research and data which contradicts EU’s ambitions in the field of Open Data and Open Science.
Further Information: http://eurodoc.net/news/2018/eurodoc-signs-an-open-letter-to-european-parliament-to-halt-potentially-harmful-copyright
Direct link to the letter: https://sparceurope.org/copyrightreform/
The Annual Report 2017 was published.
Actionuni’s next General Assembly will take place in Bern on June 7, 2018, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: University of Bern
Building: UniS (Schanzeneckstrasse 1, Bern)
We are looking for candidates from all types of universities, in particular from Universities of Applied Sciences and urgently from Universities of Teacher Education for the following positions:
- board member
- member of swissuniversities delegation “Teaching”
Please send your letters of interest to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 May 2018
The associations of non-professorial academic staff of the University of Zurich (VAUZ) and the ETH Zurich (AVETH) have published three reports on the situation of their doctoral and postdoctoral students based on surveys at both universities.
Please find the press releases and links to the reports here: VAUZ / AVETH
The Eurodoc conference 2018, which was organized in collaboration with FUURT, took place in Tampere on 18 and 19 April 2018. The conference’s main topics were mental health, equality with focus on mobility, open access, and new criteria for measuring excellence. Amongst the highly qualified PhD speakers were also representatives from industry and European education institutions. The audience gave new insights and many opportunities to discuss these topics covered from different perspectives and led to promising approaches for innovative solutions. Opportunities for networking ensure ongoing discussion and activities related to the topics discussed. It also made Eurodoc, its National Associations and all their efforts more visible. actionuni was represented by Salome Adam and Mirco Grüter.
Continue reading Research career – A living dream?
Salome Adam (VAUZ) and Mirco Grüter (VAUZ & Actionuni) were this year’s Actionuni’s delegates at the “Annual General Meeting” (AGM) of “the European Council of PhD Candidates and Junior Researchers” (Eurodoc) that took place in Tampere, Finland from the 20.-21. April 2018. The AGM is Eurodoc’s highest decision-making body.
Continue reading Report of the Annual General Meeting of the European Council of PhD Candidates and Junior Researchers” (Eurodoc)
In consultation with Eurodoc, Actionuni participated in a public consultation on how EU funds should be used in the areas of investment, research &innovation, SMEs and the single market.
We highlighted in particular the importance of a full funding of EU research programs and asked the EU to:
- Increase budget of FP9
- Support Open Science for researchers
- Support career development of researchers
- Fund research into mental health of researchers
You’ll find our complete answers here (PDF)
The Changes affect mainly doctoral students and other employees whilst the conditions for postdocs remain the same.
Further information can be found here.
The SNF has launched a new vehicle: the SNSF Flexibility Grant. It is tailored to support researchers with young families. It facilitates part-time work, finances scientific support persons and contributes towards the costs of external child care to ease the double burden for researchers with children. With this new instrument, the SNSF continues his commitment towards equal opportunities for all researchers, which he has previously pursued with his 120% Support Grants.
The new vehicle is:
- Open to more researchers
- Including researchers with older children
- Using a more favourable calculation method
- More flexible
- Easier to apply for
For further information please visit the SNSF’s Flexibility Grants website.
It is not very common for actionuni providing a voting recommendation on political topics which do not concern the scientific staff at first sight. But since the no-billag initiative does have direct and indirect influence on higher education institutes and the scientific staff, actionuni clearly recommends voting no in the upcoming no-billag initiative, as (inter alia) the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences and the fh-zh do.
Further arguments as well as a profound statement can be found here.