The topic of ‘research careers’ encompasses all factors related to the conditions under which researchers pursue their professional endeavor. The creation of optimal career conditions requires ensuring that the highest standards in all human resources-related issues are applied wherever researchers are professionally active. These include recruitment processes, career progression at all levels, and equality of opportunity regardless of gender, ethnicity, or other differences. In addition, research careers are increasingly diverse and do not necessarily follow traditional paths; these changes require consideration and subsequent action.
Science Europe is dedicated to improving career systems in Europe, in order to attract the best and most creative minds to a research career and to provide them with a nurturing environment that helps them to develop their capabilities. Science Europe Member Organisations, as funders and employers of a significant number of researchers in Europe, see it as their responsibility to lead by example and to work towards appropriate strategies to ensure the attractiveness of research careers, including by the provision of appropriate support instruments.
Thus, Science Europe works to address many common issues in the field which includes gathering and analysing information on policies and tools that support research careers, identifying potential ways to improve career structuring instruments and schemes, and supporting all types of mobility including geographic mobility and mobility across different disciplines or sectors.
Science Europe ran a dedicated Working Group on Research Careers from 2013 to 2016, composed of experts from its Member Organisations.