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Covid-19: The Quiet Crisis of PhDs and COVID-19

Please follow this link to read this sobering research article from Australia where the authors “….found that 75% of students expect to experience financial hardship as a result of the pandemic. Consequently, 45% report being pushed beyond their financial capacities and expect to be forced to disengage from their research within six months. Comparative pre-COVID data from an Australian national survey, reports research student disengagement of 20% over four years. The 25% increase of expected disengagement, in a much-reduced period, signals a deeper PhD crisis. Swift intervention is required to avert substantial impacts to the pipeline of research talent.”

Eurodoc wants you!!

From Eurodoc President Eva Hnatkova:

The Eurodoc Conference and AGM 2020 is approaching fast and we are looking forward to seeing you all there online:

[http://www.eurodoc.net/online-conference-agm-2020]

I would hereby like to make a call for expressions of interest in our Eurodoc administration 2020/2021 positions.

We are looking for interested and enthusiastic candidates for the seven administrative board positions:

President = leads the organisation and represents Eurodoc legally and officially

Vice-President = supports and takes over from the president when necessary

Treasurer = responsible for the organisation’s finances and financial transactions

Secretary = responsible for communication and archives and tracking activities

– 3 x General Board Member = choice of topics such as the Annual Questionnaire

We are also looking for interested and enthusiastic candidates for our secretariat for possible positions:

Secretariat-Coordinator = coordinates activities of secretariat members and liaises with the board

Financial Controller = critically checks the finances and financial transactions and financial reports

Policy Officer = writing and contributing to policy statements and reports

Pension Officer = responsible for developing pension policies and liaising with pension stakeholders

Skills Officer = responsible for developing skills policies and liaising with our skills stakeholders

Project Officer = responsible for managing project applications and liaising with project stakeholders

EOSC Officer = responsible for developing EOSC and cloud policies and liaising with EOSC stakeholders

Plan S Officer(s) = responsible for collaboraboration with cOAlition S on the ongoing developments in Plan S implementation

Council of Europe officer = responsible of represent Eurodoc at the Council of Europe

BFUG Officer(s) = responsible for collaboraboration with Bologna Follow-up Group (BFUG)

External Communication Coordinator = responsible for liaise with the board and coordinate the activities of the communication team and issuing press releases
Social Media Officer = responsible for messaging and interacting via our social media channels

Newsletter Officer = responsible for collecting and publishing content in our monthly newsletter

Language Officer = native English speaker responsible for checking and correcting Eurodoc texts

Webmaster = responsible for maintaining and backing up the Eurodoc website and placing content

Working Group Coordinator = coordinates activities in a specific working group such as Open Science

Some possible working groups which will need coordinators (and members) for activities and policies:

Accreditation = discussing and developing policies on university and/or programme accreditation

Democracy-Sustainability = discussing and monitoring policies on academic freedom; discussing approaches of sustainability in research and academia

Doctoral Training = discussing and developing policies on doctoral training and skills development

Equality = discussing and developing policies on equality with a focus on gender, ethnic and cultural diversity, and special needs

Finance = a closed for Eurodoc members working group focusing on Eurodoc finances and funding

Governance = a closed for Eurodoc members working group on Eurodoc governance and regulations

Employment & Careers = policies on employment status and conditions and career development

Interdisciplinarity = discussing and developing policies on improving interdisciplinary collaboration

Mental Health = discussing and developing policies to raise awareness and improve mental health

Mobility = policies on mobility with a focus on intersectoral and geographic mobility and brain drain

Open Science = policies on Open Science with a focus on Open Access and Data and Citizen Science

Policy Research = discussing and developing general policies for early-career researchers and Eurodoc

Research Integrity = discussing and developing policies on research integrity and integrity projects

See our Eurodoc statute for more information on our organisation and legal regulations and positions:

[http://eurodoc.net/eurodoc/eurodoc-statute]

Note that all positions are voluntary: work is not financially rewarded but some costs might be covered.

The immigration limitation initiative is a losing game for us all

The limitation initiative, including the termination initiative, affects the universities to a high degree: it jeopardizes two bilateral agreements that are important for the Swiss universities: The free movement of persons and the European research framework programmes.

We would like to draw your attention to the following media release from swissuniversities:

DE:  https://www.swissuniversities.ch/aktuell/nein-zur-begrenzungsinitiative-schweizer-hochschulen-sind-erfolgreich-dank-ihrer-vernetzung

FR:  https://www.swissuniversities.ch/fr/actualite/non-a-linitiative-de-limitation-le-succes-des-hautes-ecoles-suisses-depend-de-leur-mise-en-reseau

IT : https://www.swissuniversities.ch/it/attualita/no-alliniziativa-per-la-limitazione-le-scuole-universitarie-svizzere-hanno-successo-grazie-alla-loro-interconnessione