Salome Adam (VAUZ) and Mirco Grüter (VAUZ & Actionuni) were this year’s Actionuni’s delegates at the “Annual General Meeting” (AGM) of “the European Council of PhD Candidates and Junior Researchers” (Eurodoc) that took place in Tampere, Finland from the 20.-21. April 2018. The AGM is Eurodoc’s highest decision-making body.
In consultation with Eurodoc, Actionuni participated in a public consultation on how EU funds should be used in the areas of investment, research &innovation, SMEs and the single market.
We highlighted in particular the importance of a full funding of EU research programs and asked the EU to:
- Increase budget of FP9
- Support Open Science for researchers
- Support career development of researchers
- Fund research into mental health of researchers
You’ll find our complete answers here (PDF)
The Changes affect mainly doctoral students and other employees whilst the conditions for postdocs remain the same.
Further information can be found here.
The SNF has launched a new vehicle: the SNSF Flexibility Grant. It is tailored to support researchers with young families. It facilitates part-time work, finances scientific support persons and contributes towards the costs of external child care to ease the double burden for researchers with children. With this new instrument, the SNSF continues his commitment towards equal opportunities for all researchers, which he has previously pursued with his 120% Support Grants.
The new vehicle is:
- Open to more researchers
- Including researchers with older children
- Using a more favourable calculation method
- More flexible
- Easier to apply for
For further information please visit the SNSF’s Flexibility Grants website.
It is not very common for actionuni providing a voting recommendation on political topics which do not concern the scientific staff at first sight. But since the no-billag initiative does have direct and indirect influence on higher education institutes and the scientific staff, actionuni clearly recommends voting no in the upcoming no-billag initiative, as (inter alia) the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences and the fh-zh do.
Further arguments as well as a profound statement can be found here.
Eurodoc has released a statement on the new Framework Programme (FP) for Research and Technological Development. The current programme FP8 or Horizon 2020 has been extremely successful with a budget of circa €80 billion and focusing on Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership, and Societal Challenges. The next programme FP9 will run from 2021 to 2027 and is currently being developed in collaboration with all relevant stakeholders.
Eurodoc has identified four key issues for early-career researchers which they would like to be taken into account in FP9:
- Increase the Budget for Excellent Science and Early-Career Researchers
- Raise Awareness and Train and Support Researchers in Open Science
- Support Career Development and Intersectoral Mobility of Researchers
- Support Research into Work-Life Balance and Mental Health of Researchers
The project SuperProfDoc has led to the publication of a new handbook on the best practices relative to the mentorship of doctoral candidates. Claudia Dobrinski and John Peacock, both from Eurodoc, included the results of numerous experiences of successful doctoral supervisions at European universities to support their study. “A handbook for supervisors of modern doctorate candidates” establishes the state of the art in the professional mentorship of Ph.D. candidates.
At this year’s Eurodoc conference from 26-29 April 2017 in Oslo, Norway, Burim Ramaj and Cécile Blaser, both University of Fribourg, represented actionuni. Eurodoc is the European Association of doctoral candidates and young researchers. actionuni (Switzerland) is member in Eurodoc since 2006. In total, 32 organisations are member of Eurodoc, representing their respective European countries and the Council of Europe.
This year’s topic was of the Annual Conference of Eurodoc was “Open Science”, a heavily discussed topic also in Switzerland.
On 5 April 2017, the NZZ has published an extensive dossier on the situation of the non-professorial academic staff in Switzerland. Co-president Florian Lippke took part in a dispute with swissuniversities president Michael Hengartner; co-president Andrea Tamas via telephone interview gave additional positions on the situation of the non-professorial academic staff at Universities of Applied Sciences and Universities of Teacher Education. The full dossier can be found here.
The BFI-Botschaft / message FRI / messaggio ERI has been defined on 25 February 2016 by the Federal Council. According to the government, in the next four years investments in research and education shall grow 2%, which is significantly less than in the previous period. This is stated in the federal message on education, research and innovation policy for the years 2017-2010 (BFI-Botschaft), which was passed on 24th February. Back in November 2015, in the course of the stabilisation programm for the national finances 2017-2019 which is currently being negotiated, growth in investments had already been reduced from 3.2 to 2.2 %. According to a response by swissuniversities, the Swiss National Science Foundation, the ETHs and the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences this puts the role of Switzerland in the area of research, education and innovation into jeopardy at a moment in time in which the country threatens to lose its access to European research programmes. The total budget projected for research and education amounts to 26 billion CHF. Continue reading The federal message on education, research and innovation policy has been published