Networking activities

One of the main tasks of actionuni is the exchange with key stakeholders to influence the Education, Research and Innovation Policy of the coming years. Here we inform you in short about these networking activities.

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

Eurodoc 2020, Warsaw

The Eurodoc 2020 conference will take place in Warsaw, Poland, on April 22-23, 2020. The event is organised by Krajowa Reprezentacja Doktorantów (KRD) and Eurodoc, the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers with the financial support of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education Republic of Poland.

The main aim of the Eurodoc annual conference is to provide a platform to bring together Eurodoc members i.e. National Association (NAs), early-career researchers (ECRs), higher education policy makers, universities, funding institutions, businesses, and other stakeholders to address issues relevant to ECRs, higher education, and research. The conference is a great opportunity to meet and network with other ECRs from across Europe.

actionuni – der Schweizer Mittelbau supports the Swiss Women’s Strike on 14 June 2019!

We believe that an increased promotion of women is necessary in order to draw on the full potential of excellent scientists. Additionally, we think that temporarily, quota are necessary in those disciplines, where women are heavily underrepresented, especially at senior research and professorial levels. Moreover, we strive for an equal representation of women and men in decision bodies to overcome structural deficits!

Please read about our further positions in our position paper (DEFREN)

Furthermore, we would also like to inform you about the Academic Manifesto for the Feminist Strike (ENDE, FR).

Save the date: General Assembly 2019

We invite you to actionuni’s next General Assembly, followed by an Aperó:

May 13, 2018, 4:00-7:00 p.m. in Bern

Location: University of Bern
Building: UniS, Schanzeneckstrasse 1
Room: A 201

We are looking for candidates from all types of universities, in particular from Universities of Applied Sciences and Universities of Teacher Education for the following positions:

  • co-presidents: all university types
  • board members: actuary, treasurer, webmaster
  • Swiss Higher Education Conference
  • Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Student
  • Social Media Coordinator (German speaking if possible)

Please send your letters of interest to: president@actionuni.ch

Symposium Doctoral Supervision at ETH

Last week, an interesting symposium on the topic of supervising doctoral students was held by ETH in Zurich.

It was discussed, how better training for supervisors can improve quality of supervision, how a contract between the PhD-student and the supervisor can help clarify expectations, how PhD-committees help balance power, which platforms can help strengthen peer-feedback among supervisors and establish a commonly agreed on “code of conduct” for supervisors.

All inputs of the symposium can be found here: https://www.video.ethz.ch/events/2019/supervision.html

We are looking forward to see the ETH and other universities develop this topic further.

Annual meeting actionuni – SNF

Last November, actionuni representatives had their annual exchange meeting with SNF representatives. At the meeting, questions from actionuni members to the SNF are discussed and actionuni gives input to current development of the SNF.

This years main topics were:

  1. Mobility as a selection criterion is obsolete: The SNF agrees that geographical mobility of young researchers as a criterion to judge a researchers’ professional network has become outdated, considering the way researchers are connecting nowadays through digital ways and means. The SNF this year aims to revise the requirements of its funding instruments accordingly.
  2. Stronger promotion of Post-Docs: Influencing employment conditions of post-doctoral researchers towards more unlimited contracts or Tenure Track is not possible through SNF as these are within the universities’ own competencies.
  3. Centralized evaluation strategy of SNF funding applications, starting 2021: By using centralized remote or panel-evaluation, the SNF aims to standardize the assessment and selection of candidates. Consequently, local selection committees (Forschungskommissionen) will be abrogated.