Co-presidents Florian Lippke and Andrea Tamas attended the 1st AAQ Institutional Accreditation Day on 25 November 2016 on the topic “Communicating quality assurance“. The program consisted of three presentations by international speakers about “The dos and don’ts of organizational communication: A theoretic approach”, “Qualitätskultur als Kommunikationskultur – Interne Qualitätssicherung über Dialog” and “Reaching out: How to improve better communication and committment of your institution’s quality assurance” as well as a round-table discussion on “Effiziente Kommunikationsstrukturen: Wie erreicht man Studierende?”. Conclusions can be found in an inspiring visual recording of the day and the workshop outcomes on the AAQ-webpage.
The next AAQ Institutional Accreditation Day will take place on 29 November 2018.
On 3-4 November 2016, a conference on “A Swiss Way to Research Quality” took place in Berne, which was the final event of the swissuniversities program “Performances de la recherche en sciences humaines et sociales“. Co-president Florian Lippke was invited to a panel discussion on 4 November. Together with Geneviève Le Fort, Michael Hengartner, Catherine Paradeise and Alexander Hasgall under the moderation of Jacques Lanarès he discussed a position paper on the diversity of evaluation in research.
A video is available here.
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:
Have you been negatively impacted by the discontinuation with Horizon2020 and Erasmus+ after February 2014? Contribute with your story to the blog “AdValue”. Contact us or the blog-responsible Maria Christoffel directly at email@example.com if you want to contribute to the blog.
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)
On 12 May, actionuni co-presidents met with Christoph Grollimund, director of the Swiss Agency for Accreditation and Quality Assurance, AAQ. It was agreed to meet twice a year for an informal exchange on topics around the ongoing accreditation processes, timeline and challenges as experienced by the AAQ.
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…
Continue reading Eurodoc 2016. Early stage researchers’ training – which future?
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:
- Increase the financial growth rate in the message to 3-4% annually
- Not to jeopardize those actions that are aimed at improving career paths for young researchers if there are budget cuts
- Increase the number of new Tenure Track positions from 40 to 100 new positions per year
- Definition of concrete actions and indicators for measuring the success of reaching the goal of improving careers for young researchers.
A position paper to support Florian Lippke’s presentation was developed by the board:
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Message FRI 2017-2020_Positions Corps intermédiaire_CSEC-N 13-04-16_f
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
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.
In its November meeting, the board welcomed Dr. Martina Weiss, secretary general of swissuniversities. Mutual presentations and a discussion about a future institutionalized dialogue between actionuni and swissuniversities were the main points covered.
The board of actionuni sent a delegation to the SNSF “Panel on Academic Careers in Science” wich was held in Bern on 21 October 2015. Actionuni representative to the Schweizerische Hochschulkonferenz SHK, Dr. Ruth Lyck from the University of Berne, participated in the panel discussion.