The overall theme of the EU2014 conference “The Empowerment of the Next Generation of Researchers “Promoting talents, spreading excellence” is to discuss and reflect on how programmes for researcher training, recruitment and career development empower the next generation of researchers to be successful, no matter how society and the economy evolve.
Major issues such as skills, mobility and gender balance will be explored from this angle. The conference will focus on the policy issues for policy-makers, funders and businesses contributing to research training, as well as universities and research institutes.
A large audience from across Europe and beyond will address key issues related to the conference theme. For example, how can talent can be nurtured to grow into excellence? How to (re)train the scientific workforce in dialogue with industry? How it is possible to unlock the full potential of new researchers to achieve the economic and social goals of the EU?
The participants will gather for one-and-a-half days at the premises of the University of Trento, for a programme divided into three main parts. Initially the conference will update participants on recent political initiatives on research training undertaken by the EU institutions. The conference will then offer a number of professionally facilitated workshops with different subthemes within the conference topic, during which the participants will exchange knowledge and experiences and engage in discussions to develop ideas for future actions and recommendations:
- Training and supporting researchers in a changing world
- Multi–sectoral career paths: promoting and assessing professional development
- Attractive working and social security conditions in Europe for ANY talented researcher
- A win-win collaboration between academia and beyond
During the last part of the conference, the results of the workshops will feed into a structured panel discussion with title “Towards an open labour market for empowered researchers”.
Relevant stakeholders will contribute to the discussion with the goal of a unified view, that will be summarised in the post-conference report, on what is believed to be mostly urgent to fully implement the European Research Area.
The conference will also feature the award of the 2014 Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions prizes for three different categories:
- “Promising research talents” awarded to a particularly ‘high-flying’ fellow
- “Communicating science” recognising the best researcher in outreach and science communication
- “Nurturing research talent” for particularly supporting new entrants to the research profession