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The European Charter for Researchers

11.07.2011, 14:29:10

The European Commission adopted a recommendation in March 2005 on a‘European Charter for Researchers’ and a 'Code of Conduct' for the recruitment of researchers, which provide a set of general principles and requirements that specify the roles, responsibilities and entitlements of researchers, employers and funders with regard to research careers. This is basis for enhancement of career and will provide: an incentive for researchers to remain within research careers and stay in Europe, a motivated workforce that incurs economic benefits to employing organizations and to Europe and a positive public attitude towards the researchers’ profession encouraging more young people to embark on careers in research.Today more than 1000 institutions from 31 European and non-European countries have undersigned the Charter and Code (C&C) principles. The European Commission gives its support to the implementation of the C&C through a light mechanism called the “Human Resources Strategy for Researchers Incorporating the Charter & Code”.The “HR Strategy for Researchers” is a mechanism to support the implementation of the C&C by research institutions. This would help increasing their attractiveness to researchers that would identify them as a stimulating and favorable working environment.This mechanism is articulated in five main steps, which are:

1) An internal analysis is performed by the research institution to compare institutional practices with the C&C principles, which should involve all key players;

2) The main results of this analysis (planned actions, when, by whom) are made public through a “Human Resources Strategy for Researchers incorporating the Charter & Code”

3) This strategy is acknowledged by the European Commission;

4) The strategy is implemented by the institution that through its internal quality assurance mechanism carries out every two years a self-assessment;

5) An external evaluation is carried out every 4 years.