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.

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The second meeting of actionuni with swissuniversities, VSS and swissfaculty took place last week. The most pressing topic we discussed was the upcoming political debate about how Switzerland can be fully associated to Horizon2020 and Erasmus+ again.

An important communication tool is the Blog AdValue by swissuniversities:

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It is needed to make the benefits of Horizon2020 and Erasmus+ clear to a wide audience and keep a constant buzz regarding the importance of re-integrating Switzerland into the European research area.

Further topics we discussed were:

  • time-line for the definition of the next federal message on education, research and innovation
  • integrating refugees into higher education (project by the national students union VSS/UNES)

Eurodoc 2016. Early stage researchers’ training – which future?

Salome Adam, William Ralvenius and Clemens Nyffeler attended to annual Eurodoc conference as well as the Annual General Meeting in Luxembourg from 20-23 April 2016.

They have written an interesting report about discussions on the future of young researchers in Europe, European funding schemes and eastern european PhD training…

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actionuni attends hearing of the Science, Education and Culture Committee SECC

On 13 April 2016, co-president Florian Lippke (University of Fribourg) represented actionuni during a hearing of Science, Education and Culture Committee SECC of the National Council (WBK-N / CSEC-N). The hearing regarded the recently released federal message on education, research and innovation policy.

actionuni stressed as its main points:

  • to increase the financial growth rate in the message to 3-4% annually
  • that if there are budget cuts then not to jeopardize those actions that are aimed at improving career paths for young researchers
  • to increase the number of new Tenure Track positions from 40  to 100 new positions per year
  • to define concrete actions and indicators for measuring the success of reaching the goal to improve careers for young researchers.

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actionuni meets with swissuniversities, VSS and swissfaculty

Last week, three members of the board of actionuni were invited to a meeting with the new president of swissuniversities, Prof. Dr. Michael Hengartner, the secretary general and vice secretary general of swissuniversities, Dr. Martina Weiss and Dr. Sabine Felder, as well as representatives of VSS and swissfaculty.

We had an open brainstorming about topics that could be of common interest and should therefore be pursued jointly in the future. Moreover, we addressed the issue that actionuni is not represented in any of swissuniversities’ commitees .

The following important issues where we prospectively should work together were identified:

  • political statements
  • commitment for a Switzerlands integration into the European research and innovation area
  • exchange about career options for young researchers

Annual meeting with representatives of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

In November 2015, a delegation of the board of actionuni met with representatives of SNSF. The very positive exchange focused on:

  • the impact of financial austerity in Switzerland on the funding of research,
  • access of researchers of Universities of Applied Sciences and Universities of Teacher Education to SNSF funding,
  • the future of academic careers,
  • permeability of SNSF funded and University funded career paths,
  • conditions of employment non-professorial academic staff
  • academic independence of non-professorial academic staff
  • funding of interdisciplinary research of non-professorial academic staff, and
  • the flexibility of SNSF-instruments for researcher with families.