Council resolution on professions and careers of researchers in European Research Area (link)

November 26, 2003

Brussels, 25 November 2003

Council Resolution of 10 November 2003 on the profession and the career of researchers within the European Research Area (ERA) (OJ C282/1 25.11.2003). Full text

[...] 12. INVITES Member States, Acceding States and the Commission, in cooperation with the stakeholders including both public and private sectors, to undertake, on a voluntary basis, actions, in particular through the implementation of the open method of co-ordination (omc), as agreed by the Scientific and Technical Research Committee (CREST), in relation to:

- developing criteria for recording different professional achievements throughout the career of researchers taking into account developments in the 'Bologna Process';

- exchanging good practice, where appropriate at international level, as regards the evaluation and appraisal systems for careers in R&D;

- encouraging the social dialogue, as well as dialogue among researchers, stakeholders and society at large, including improving public awareness of science and promoting the interest of young people in research and in a career in science;

- overall working conditions for doctoral candidates, including aspects such as parental leave, and taking necessary steps, bearing in mind reciprocity at European level, regarding the portability of national loans and grants in the context of enhanced mobility for researchers;

- promoting equal opportunities for men and women researchers when developing these initiatives;

- continuing efforts to remove other obstacles to a career in research or to mobility, including those related to intersectoral mobility and mobility between and within public and private sectors as well as mobility between different functions, taking into account an enlarged European Union;

13. INVITES the Commission to report regularly on the progress achieved in improving the employment and career prospects for researchers in Europe.

Official Journal of the EC, No. C282/1 25.11.2003

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