Who are we?
We are a team of researchers from different countries and disciplinary backgrounds working together in several projects for almost one decade now. You can learn more about the projects here. This event is funded by the European Union and linked to the Researcher Identity Development project (RIDS-SSISS).
Why this event?
In the last years, through shared projects and training initiatives, we have documented to what extent researcher careers have diversified and, at the same time, become more uncertain than ever. Uncertainty has increased even more with the conditions imposed by the pandemic outbreak. The current scenario has added new layers of professional and emotional precarity to researcher careers development and training, while paradoxically research occupies more than ever the social and political spaces as a source of answers and potential solutions. In this event, we will draw on our research to offer insights and resources for researcher career development that advance inclusive, innovative and reflective societies
What is this event for?
This event is for you if you are
Considering doing a PhD
Now a PhD researcher
A PhD graduate whether in out of academia
A PhD supervisor
A PhD program director
What will you find?
We have designed different online sessions including small talks, round tables, questions and interactive discussions. Registration for each session is independent and interested individuals can register for any number of sessions.
Facilitators, discussants and keynotes are researchers with large experience in creating and disseminating knowledge and resources for early career researcher development.
Program & registration
Sessions will run at times to adapt to different audiences and time zones
How does early career researchers’ well-being matter and how to enhance it?
December 10th. 10’00-10’45 (CET time)
This session is designed for early career researchers (both PhD. students and post-PhD. researchers) and their supervisors. We will focus on research-based strategies and practices enhancing study/research work well-being among early career researchers. The session provides an opportunity to reflect on the means and generate ideas how to increase PhD. students’ and post PhD. researchers’ well-being.
Kirsi Pyhältö (University of Helsinki)
Professor of higher education, in the Faculty of Educational Sciences, Center for University Teaching and Learning, at the University of Helsinki, and professor of educational sciences in the Faculty of Educational Sciences, at the University of Oulu. She is also extraordinary professor at the Department of Curriculum Studies, University of Stellenbosch, South-Africa. Her research interest include, researcher community and supervisory support, doctoral experience and well-being and researcher careers. Pyhältö is leading two active research groups: From PhD. Student to Academic Expert – research group and Learning and Development in School -research group. She is one of the founding co-coordinator of EARLI Special Interest Group 24 Researcher Education and Careers. See full list of publications.
Supporting research ethics and integrity development in HE institutions
December 10th. 11’00-11’45 (CET time)
Have you ever wondered what would work in ethics education? Which research ethics competencies are relevant to early-career and more senior researchers? How could developing research ethics and integrity improve the quality of research and support building an ethical academy? We are inviting ECRs, their supervisors, but also department heads and others who are interested in research ethics and integrity, to participate in a webinar to find out how the culture of integrity could be supported through research ethics training. We will give insights to research ethics competence development through evidence-based training resource and provide participants with an opportunity to try out some tasks themselves to gain first-hand experience on how the resource works.
Erika Löfström (University of Helsinki)
Erika Löfström is Professor of Education at the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Educational Sciences. She is vice-chair of the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity, and board member of the Academy of Finland. She has previously served as Vice Rector at Tallinn University, and is currently affiliated with Tallinn University as a visiting professor.
Anu Tammeleht (Tallin University)
Anu Tammeleht is an Analyst of Research Ethics and Data Management at Tallinn University and has been involved with teaching research ethics and researching development of research ethics competencies (in HE context) since early 2018.
Early career researchers’ careers: sustaining research careers and employability
December 10th. 12’00-12’45 (CET time)
Amidst hyper-competition for funding and jobs, the academic career path is becoming harder to pursue for most early career researcher (ECR)s. Furthermore, few ECRs think about their future career trajectory during or after their doctorate, and many lack sufficient access to training and career development opportunities. In this session, Mat will share the perspective of European doctoral candidates and junior researchers on what is needed to make a sustainable research career, and discuss what factors contribute to researcher ‘precarity’. Finally, Mat will explore how to remain employable in spite of the new challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mathew Tata (Eurodoc)
Mathew is a postdoctoral researcher from the UK and currently works as a neurobiologist in Stockholm, Sweden. In addition to serving as a General Board Member in Eurodoc, he also chairs it's Employment and Career Development Working Group.
Gender & Science: Promoting women’s participation in the scientific community
December 10th. 13’00-13’45 (CET time)
The influence of women in Limnology (i.e. the study of the ecology of freshwaters) has become more noticeable in the last decades. However, as in other scientific fields, the female presence decreases at higher stages of their career. In this session, we will present the Gender and Science group of the Iberian Association of Limnology (Gender & Science AIL) and the activities that this group is conducting. We will particularly focus on the group’s last work, examining women participation and visibility during scientific conferences. We analyzed, with a gender perspective, the first congress of the Iberian Society of Ecology (2019) including statistics of the attendees, participation during the congress, and personal perceptions. Finally, we will discuss with the attendees of the session recommendations and proposals to reduce gender barriers during scientific congresses and in other academic domains.
Núria Catalán, Ada Pastor & Sílvia Poblador (The Gender & Science AIL group)
The Gender & Science AIL group was created in 2014. The main aims of the group are: i) being an external observer of gender biases within the AIL, ii) fostering women’s visibility within the scientific community, and iii) proposing recommendations for improving gender equality in institutions related with limnology. The group is constituted by AIL members and external collaborators, that on a temporary or permanent basis, join forces in some of our projects. Since 2014, the group has conducted different projects and activities, including a scientific publication assessing the situation of women in Limnology “Women in Limnology in the Iberian Peninsula: Biases, Barriers and Recommendations”,the exhibition “Women in Limnology” to visualize the female scientists in this field (inaugurated in Coimbra in 2018) as well as round-tables and outreach documents.
The session will be presented by Núria Catalán (CNRS-UMR, France; USGS, United States), Ada Pastor (Aarhus University, Denmark) and Sílvia Poblador (University of Antwerp, Belgium), members of Gender & Science AIL.
Managing your PhD to build your career
December 10th. 16’00-16’45 (CET time)
Have you ever wondered what else you could be doing to advance your PhD progress and outcomes?
This session, designed for anyone doing a PhD but particularly those early on, will give you a chance to reflect on the effectiveness of your present strategies to advance. Specifically, you will:
Review your present actions and strategies
Assess them in relation to what the research on PhD experience suggests is effective
Generate specific ideas about what you could modify and add to your present repertoire
Those who attend will receive a post-session summary of the questions and my responses from the session.
Lynn McAlpine (Oxford and McGill)
Lynn McAlpine is Professor Emerita at the University of Oxford UK and McGill University Canada. For over 15 years, she has studied the career trajectories of PhDs in a range of countries.
She is internationally recognized for her research, conducted in the UK, Europe and Canada, into PhD and post-PhD career trajectories both in and outside the academy.
She receives frequent international invitations to do workshops and keynotes that explore the implications of the research both from pedagogical and policy perspectives.
Transversal skills for doctoral candidates: universal for all professional paths?
December 10th. 17’00-17’45 (CET time)
How does the European Union define the professional careers for doctorate holders? Which models of transversal skills do we have at present for doctoral candidates? Are these transversal skills universal for all professional paths for doctorate holders or do they need to be tailored for every particular professional career? Does the European definition of professional careers for doctorate holders fit with the transversal skills models that we count with at present? We propose here to open a reflection about which transversal skills have to be developed for doctoral candidates to fuel their future professional careers.
Joan Josep Carvajal (Group for the Professionalization of the Doctorate, Postgraduate and Doctoral School - Universitat Rovira i Virgili)
PhD in Chemistry (2003) from University Rovira i Virgili (URV), Spain, and vice-dean of the Faculty of Chemistry of the URV. He is founding member of the Group for the Professionalization of the Doctoral Supervision at URV, part of the Doctoral and Post-graduate School, and member of the organizing committee of the Tarragona Think Tank on PhD Supervisory Training.
Getting along with my supervisor: Building a satisfactory relationship
December 10th. 18’00-18’45 (CET time)
The supervisory relationship is essential for enabling the researcher development; however, in some cases, building this relationship may develop into a challenge. We will explore how both students and supervisors can contribute to nurture and sustain this relationship. We’ll look at how reflecting about the relationship with our supervisors -by recognizing challenges and achievements- is key to enhance the doctoral experience.
Gabriela González (UPAEP)
Gabriela González-Ocampo is an Affiliate Professor and researcher in the Faculty of Education at UPAEP University in Mexico, and is also a member of the research group SINTE-Lest. Her research interests include postgraduate education, supervision and academic writing.
Access to the labor market for Doctors (PhD survey 2020)
December 11th. 10’00-10’45 (CET time)
AQU Catalunya is presenting the results of the PhD Survey 2020 about the access to the labour market experienced by doctors graduating from Catalan universities. Since this study has been conducted every 3 years since 2008 is possible to observe trends both regarding labor market conditions and the satisfaction with PhD training. We will show as well how different economic sectors value PhDs when hiring.
Anna Prades (AQU)
Head of Internationalisation and Knowledge Generation Department of AQU Catalunya, where she has been working since 2001. She has a degree in Psychology (1996) and a PhD in Pedagogy (2005) from the Universitat of Barcelona. She coordinates the graduate, master and PhD’s labor market survey, as well as the recent graduates’ satisfaction survey and the employers’ survey.
Publish or perish
December 11th. 11’00-11’45 (CET time)
Academic career assessment has a strong influence on future early career researchers. The use of numerical metrics like the Journal Impact Factor or the H-Index for assessing researchers forces them to focus on publishing as many articles as possible in a few journals. The “publish and perish” culture that follows leads to increasing pressure on academics and prevent them to broaden the range of their activities and taking other forms of communicating their research into account. This also significantly impacts their self-perception as academics and hinders the transition to Open Science.
There is an increasing consensus among Universities and other stakeholders concerning the need to reform the current assessment system. The presentation will look at the problems attached to the publish and perish approach and address how this can increase the precarity of researchers careers, but also discuss alternative approaches to (academic) career assessment that enable early career researchers to develop their full potential.
Alexander Hasgall (EUA)
Dr. Alexander Hasgall is Head of the EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE). He is responsible for the largest European network in this field, bringing together a community of academic leaders and professionals from 265 Universities in 36 countries. Before assuming this position, he coordinated the Swiss University Rectors conference’s programme on research evaluation in the social sciences and humanities. Alexander Hasgall obtained a doctorate in History from the University of Zurich, with a dissertation on the topic «Regimes of Recognition. Struggles over truth and justice in dealing with the last military dictatorship in Argentina». Outside of the higher education sector, Alexander acquired different working experiences in the NGO sector, in market research and in Journalism.
Precarious careers: postdoctoral researchers in the Netherlands
December 11th. 12’00-12’45 (CET time)
The purpose of our research is to understand how, in the context of labour market instability, postdoctoral researchers experience their working conditions and their prospects and opportunities, in relation to their wellbeing. The postdoc population is substantial and growing; the average duration of postdocs’ employment is approaching the length of the doctorate trajectory. Given their lack of academic career prospects and invisibility, which does not coincide with the highly educated status and contribution to research, we diagnosed a dual controversy. Our recent research (n=667) reveals that this dual controversy results in high stress levels amongst the Dutch (n=667) surveyed postdocs; about 40% state that their mental health is in danger (Van der Weijden & Teelken, 2020). Main stress factors are: lack of academic career prospects; publication and grant pressure; work life imbalance; and lack of institutional support.
Inge van der Weijden
Inge conducts both qualitative and quantitative research on the motivation, selection and evaluation of scholars in order to better understand career development of scientists within and outside academia. Special attention is given to mental health and diversity. Inge completed her PhD at VU Amsterdam. She worked as a postdoc at the Rathenau Institute, where she did research into academic management & leadership of group leaders. In 2012 she joined the Center for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University, The Netherlands. She gives lectures and workshops at, among others, career days for PhD candidates, graduate schools, postdoc network days and HR professionals. In 2017 she won a Special Recognition Award from the World Cultural Council. Since 2020 Inge is president of the Centre of Expertise for the Dutch PhD training.
PhD Holders in Non-Academic Careers
December 11th. 15’00-15’45 (CET time)
This session will explore the results from pilot studies on PhD holders working in non-academic careers in the UK and Switzerland. Using several cases as examples, we will discuss strategies for finding positions, factors influencing career decision-making, and participants' perceptions of the usefulness and relevance of their PhDs.