Research assessment recommendations from Science Europe

Our partners at Eurodoc contributed to the latest and official publication from Science Europe on Recommendations on Research Assessment processes.
This is guaranteed to be a fascinating read! Hover over the text for all links.

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.”

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

«Er deutet damit an, dass es an der ETH Zürich einen Kulturwandel geben wird.»

Salome Adam, co-president of actionuni, recognizes the positive intentions of ETH-president Joël Mesot in a recent interview with züriost. Joël Mesot publicly apologized “to those affected by the unprofessional conduct of their supervisors” and presents a set of measures to improve prevention, leadership and the handling of conflict situations.

Read the full article here (German only).

«Die komplexen Abhängigkeiten begünstigen Ausbeutung extrem»

Salome Adam, co-president of actionuni, was invited to comment in the Zürioberländer News on the recent cases of mobbing and plagiarism at EMPA, the independent materials, science and technology research institute of the ETH domain.

Salome states that the complex dependencies of young researchers from their professors aid to cases of exploitation. At EMPA, two professors are being accused of mobbing, inexplicable cases of dismissal of employees, and copying of material from Phd-theses for publication under their own name without citing of the original author(s).

Read the full article here (German only).