Video Conference

Conference moderator: Thomas Farnell
  • 19th June 2020

  • Benefits and Challenges of the Mobility in Research - Personal Experience of an Astrophysicist

  • As an open labour market and encouragement of fair and balanced circulation of researchers is one of the cornerstones of the effective and competitive European Research Area, this session will focus on brain circulation as a key enabler of excellence in research and the necessary stimulus for knowledge and innovation exchange. The discussion will reflect on the assessment and adjustment of national policies as facilitators of free circulation of researchers without any disadvantages or discrimination. In addressing this matter, special attention will be given to MSCA’s role in increasing the impact of EU R&D&I system and mobility of researchers through identification of push and pull factors for participation in MSCA at large.

  • The aim of this session is to emphasize the importance of creating and maintaining excellent working conditions necessary for attracting and retaining excellent researchers. This will include an array of important aspects, from the legislative framework regarding the “equal pay for equal work” (i.e. remuneration), grant portability to the social protection of researchers. The objective is to give examples and recommendations on best policies, instruments and programmes on national, regional, and European level for improving researchers’ working conditions and thereby to more successfully attract, retain and reintegrate excellent researchers. In addition, the overview of the most common challenges in raising the attractiveness of the environment for the research excellence, and much needed incentives and policy reforms, will be given. The European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, as one of the important factors in creating excellent working conditions and prerequisite for bolstering mobility in R&I sector, will be discussed in more detail.

  • A divide in R&I performance and participation in the framework programmes among the EU Member States vary considerably which hinders a balanced circulation of knowledge, diversity and spread of excellence. The aim of this session is to address the need for increasing a level of participation of researchers in the relevant research and innovation programmes and dealing with a somewhat skewed balance on the EU level. In particular, it will be assessed how to increase the participation in the context of access to research infrastructures and collaborative networks, and thereby reducing the agglomeration and asymmetry in research as a potential course of action in dealing with the negative effect of brain circulation (i.e. brain drain). This sessions will be an exchange of practices and experience on common initiatives and programmes, along with the dialogue on envisioned or already implemented measures that specifically focus on creating conditions for a more inclusive approach and incentives, either in participation to framework programme for R&I or in overcoming centre-periphery relations in collaboration (widening measures).

  • By focusing on future challenges and career demands, this panel will open the discussion on MSCA mobility effects and conditions needed for a development of researchers’ career as well as the analysis of future jobs’ requirements in the context of fundamental changes in the job market and societal challenges. Important questions will be tackled, for instance, which future skills will be needed for the successful career development of researchers inside and outside of academia, or how to face future challenges concerning researcher’s skills in the context of the ambitious goals set by future framework programmes. The question of the role of international and/or intersectoral collaboration for effective brain linkage and creation of social capital as an added value to the research community will be addressed along with increasing the visibility and participation in MSCA.