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The European Charter and Code for Researchers

The European Charter & Code for Researchers

The European Commission has adopted a European Charter for Researchers and a Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. These two documents, addressed to researchers as well as to employers and funders in both the public and private sectors, are key elements in the European Union's policy to make research an attractive career, which is a vital feature of its strategy to stimulate economic and employment growth.

Giving individual researchers the same rights and obligations wherever they may work throughout the European Union should help counter the fact that research careers in Europe are fragmented at local, regional, national or sectoral level, and allow Europe to make the most of its scientific potential.

In particular, the European Charter for Researchers addresses the roles, responsibilities and entitlements of researchers and their employers or funding organisations. It aims at ensuring that the relationship between these parties contributes to successful performance in the generation, transfer and sharing of knowledge, and to the career development of researchers.

The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers aims to improve recruitment, to make selection procedures fairer and more transparent and proposes different means of judging merit: Merit should not just be measured on the number of publications but on a wider range of evaluation criteria, such as teaching, supervision, teamwork, knowledge transfer, management and public awareness activities.

Furthermore, UAM is a member of the EURAXESS Network since April 2014 in order to enhance the research mobility. EURAXESS is a pan-European initiative that works to give personalized attention to researchers moving to and between EU and associated countries and is organized into national networks. Supported by EURAXESS, UAM is currently developing its Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) that will lead to the creation of an Action Plan that will be submitted to the European Commision by the end of 2015. HRS4R supports research institutions and funding organisations in the implementation of the Charter & Code in their policies and practices. The concrete implementation of the Charter & Code by research institutions will render them more attractive to researchers looking for a new employer or for a host for their research project. Funding organisations implementing the Charter & Code principles will contribute to the attractiveness of their national research systems and to the attractiveness of the European Research Area more generally. The award "HR Excellence in Research" will identify the institutions and organisations as providers and supporters of a stimulating and favorable working environment.

See more information in the Euraxess website.

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