Who we are

actionuni der Schweizer Mittelbau / actionuni le corps intermédiaire académique suisse / actionuni il collegio intermediario academico svizzero  represents young researchers as well as the associations of non-professorial academic staff of the Swiss cantonal universities, the Federal Institutes of Technology, the Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences, and the Swiss Universities of Teacher Education on the Swiss national as well as the international level. actionuni’s objectives are to improve the academic career tracks and to coordinate the activities of the Swiss associations of non-professorial academic staff.
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How to do Better Science-a roundtable with Joel Schaad from the Better Science team

On 31 May 2021, actionuni held a roundtable on the theme of improving research culture with Joel Schaad, the project coordinator of Better Science as the main speaker. Researchers from several Swiss Higher Education Institutions participated. Delegatesboard members and some guests of actionuni were invited in this roundtable. The main objective of actionuni was to promote and support the better science initiative. 

Joel presented Better Science

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a Swiss-wide initiative that started in the University of Bern. It aims to raise awareness around the theme of healthy research culture in academia and to open the dialogue on how to improve it. In particular, Better Science has crafted ten calls to action, which can be found and supported on their website. The presentation was followed by a round of discussion, during which the members of the audience actively asked questions and shared their opinion on this important topic. Participants agreed that there is a need to improve research culture and appreciated the charter and direction set by Better Science. Several attendees were of the opinion that to achieve a better research culturestructural changes and concrete measures coming from the top are neededThe question of how to monitor the evolution of research culture was also raised  

Overall, the event successfully engaged researchers from different universities and led to interesting discussions, with the prospect of a follow-up workshop or event related to the topic of improving research culture.  

Podcast from actionuni’s Open Science event

This podcast is a shortened and edited version of a recorded workshop on Open Science, organized by actionuni, that took place online on 29 April 2021. It is distributed with a CC-BY license. Please cite as: “Podcast Open Science event actionuni”. actionuni der Schweizer Mittelbau , 29 April 2021. Please find the podcast here

actionuni’s first Open Science Workshop held on 29 April 2021

On 29 April 2021, actionuni held a 1.5-hour workshop online on Zoom in collaboration with MVUB (Mittelbauvereinigung Universität Bern), Eurodoc (European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers) and OILS (Open Innovation in Life Sciences).

Fifteen early-career researchers from the Universities of Bern, Lucerne, Zurich, Geneva and the ETH Zürich participated in the workshop. After a welcome address by co-president Rashmi Rai-Rawat, the presenter, actionuni board member Melanie Röthlisberger, gave a broad overview of Open Science practices with a particular focus on Open Access, covering topics such as routes to Open Access, its benefits and disadvantages, and national read-and-publish contracts in Switzerland. After introducing the main policy makers in Switzerland and their requirements and strategy, the participants then had to assemble information on structural conditions around Open Science at their own institution, such as the existence of Open Science Policies, (financial) support for Open Science

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Open Science: an info online lunch talk organised by actionuni

What is Open Science and why is it important to fully understand its benefits and potential limitations, especially for ECRs?
Join us for our online event on Thursday 29. April, over lunch, for a chance to ask your questions and inform yourself on this important topic.
Register here by the 26th of April to receive the link to join the seminar online.
This event is organised in collaboration with mvub , eurodoc and OILS!

Disrupted Mobilities, Disrupted Careers: a covid19 blog series by nccr-on the move

We gladly receive this notification and encourage everyone to check this blog out here

In the authors’ words:

“The blog series assembles contributions by young social scientists, some based in Switzerland, others abroad. The contributions cover a variety of topics ranging from the practical challenges related to conducting transnational fieldwork during COVID-19 to mental health and equal opportunity concerns raised by the pandemic. In the concluding post, we synthesize these findings and compare them to studies with a broader disciplinary scope conducted by the Career Tracker Cohorts Study, the journal nature and the academic publishing house De Gruyter. We also refer to results derived from a survey conducted among the 42 doctoral and PostDoc fellows funded by the nccr – on the move”.

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Extensions are justified and are due!!

Prolongations are necessary for all who have been unable to study and work as expected. Anything short of this is clearly unfair.

actionuni has teamed up with VSS-UNES and the labour union VPOD-SSP for a joint press release on the topic of extensions and prolongations for students and mid-level staff.

Please follow the link to the press release and keep an eye on our Twitter page!

Food for thought-Avuba’s 2020 postdoc snapshot

Our member from the University of Basel, avuba, has just published a comprehensive survey of UniBasel postdocs, carried out in 2020, a year we are unlikely to forget.

The data is impressive and shows how much change is needed for mid-level staff, and specifically postdoc, employment, support and promotion.

An overview of the datasets in German or in English and the survey itself and a summary of results in German and English are now publicly available. Talk of food for thought…..

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A firm, friendly and transparent pact for career development of researchers

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers was published in September 2019 as a follow-up to the first concordate published in 2008. This document is the result of collaborative work including diverse stakeholders with an interest in research and researchER development. Although UK-targeted , it is highly translatable to pretty much all European countries, so we think there may be lots to be inspired by!

In their own words:

This revised Concordat recognises the critical role of research and innovation in delivering the UK’s ambitious economic and industrial strategies, and aims to set the gold standard in researcher development and use it as a competitive advantage.

Graduate Campus UZH-Workshop on “The Legal Aspects of Open Science”

We gladly post this announcement by our colleagues at the Graduate Campus-UZH

Dear doctoral candidates and postdocs,

The Graduate Campus and the Data Services & Open Access Team of the University of Zurich are offering an online workshop on legal aspects of Open Science that is open to all junior researchers from Swiss higher education institutions.

When it comes to Open Science, one of the most common uncertainties in sharing publications and data openly is the legal framework. What can or cannot be shared? What licenses can be applied? Who owns the copyright to my article or dataset?

As a follow-up event to the Summer School “Yes

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, We’re Open!” hosted by the University of Zurich last August, a virtual workshop on “The Legal Aspects of Open Science” will take place on February 5, 2021 (9:00 – 13:00). Like the Summer School, this workshop is open to all doctoral students and postdocs of all Swiss universities, universities of applied sciences and universities of teacher education, as well as of all academic disciplines. It is led by CCdigitallaw and covers topics such as copyright, Creative Commons licenses and data protection, and it introduces the DMLawTool (Data Management Law Tool).

Participation in the workshop is not bound to participation in the Summer School or any other prior knowledge, and it is free of charge. You may register at the following link: https://www.openscience-summerschool.uzh.ch/en.html

OECD workshop on research precarity-proceeding

Here at actionuni we all hope your 2021 started serenely!

In 2020 , actionuni was involved in a OECD-driven project to analyse the current situation of precariousness in academic research. Data was then presented at a workshop in late November.

Please find the summary of the workshop we attended along with all presentations and videos on the workshop website .