Eurodoc


Eurodoc

Eurodoc is the European federation of national organisations of young researchers. Young researchers are these researchers currently undertaking their doctorate (PhD or Doctoral candidates, Early-Stage Researchers) or PhD holders in their first years of their post-doctoral research career (mostly Postdoctoral researchers, postdocs, employed on a temporary basis).

As a Non-profit organisation, Eurodoc monitors the situation of young researchers in Europe with respect to different parameters (e.g. Mobility, Labour conditions, Career Paths, Doctoral Supervision and Training).

Eurodoc issues policy statements and provides recommendations to academic, corporate and governing institutions on subjects of special relevance to young European researchers (e.g. the Bologna process, the Lisbon Agenda). In this activity, Eurodoc is in regular contact with major stakeholders in European research and higher education policy, most notably with the European Commission, Directorate General for Research, and the European University Association.

Each year in spring, Eurodoc convenes to an international conference for young researchers. The aim of this Eurodoc conference is to provide a framework for young European researchers to meet with European political and economical leaders and to engage in a fruitful discussion on the construction of the European Research and Higher Education Area.

History

In 2001 several members of national organisations for young researchers met at a conference in Uppsala organized by Sweden in the course of the Swedish presidency of the Council of the European Union. They recognized the urgent need to establish a European-wide organisation for young researchers and took the occasion to initiate a network of national organisations. Following these efforts, Eurodoc was founded in Girona in Spain on 2nd February 2002. Finally Eurodoc was legally established in 2005 in Brussels as an international non-profit organisation.In a meeting of ministers responsible for Higher Education in Berlin in 2003, doctoral programmes were first mentioned in the Bolonga Process setting. Since then, Eurodoc has been playing an active role in pertinent Bologna seminars and projects. Its involvement in the Bologna Process has been formally acknowledged in 2007 by the formal status of "partner" to the Bologna Process Follow up group.

Members and Observers

There are 32 Member organisations representing their country which conduct Eurodoc's decisions:

*Austria: Austrian National Union of Students ("Österreichische HochschülerInnenschaft" - ÖH) http://www.doktorat.at/
*Armenia: Ecosocium, Young Scientists NGO
*Belgium: Focus Research http://www.ulg.ac.be/obj-rech/
*Bulgaria: Asociacija na doktorantite v Bylgarija (ADB) http://www.phdgate/
*Croatia: Mreža Mladih Znanstvenika (MLAZ)
*Cyprus: Association of PhD Candidates of the Republic of Cyprus
*Czech Republic: Studentská Komora Rady Vysokých Skol (SK RVS) http://www.skrvs.cz/
*Denmark: Danske Ph.d.-stipendiaters netvaerk http://www.phd-nettet.dk/
*Estonia: Eesti Noorte Teadlaste Akadeemia http://www.enta.ee/
*Finland: Tieteentekijöiden liitto
*Macedonia: Union of Young Researchers of Macedonia
*France: Confédération des jeunes chercheurs (CJC) http://cjc.jeunes-chercheurs.org/
*Georgia (country) :
*Germany: Thesis http://www.thesis.de/
*Greece: Elliniki Epistimoniki Etaireia Ypopsifion Didaktoron http://www.helasdr.gr/
*Hungary: Doktoranduszok Országos Szövetsége (DOSZ) http://www.phd.hu/phd
*Ireland: Union of Students in Ireland (USI) [http://www.usi.ie (website)]
*Italy: Associazione Dottorandi e Dottori di Ricerca Italiani (ADI) http://www.dottorato.it/
*Latvia: Latvijas Jauno Zinātnieku Apvienība (LJZA)
*Lithuania: Lietuvos jaunųjų mokslininkų sąjunga http://ljms.lms.lt/
*Moldova: ATCM Pro-Stiinta http://www.pro-science.asm.md/
*Netherlands: Promovendi netwerk nederland (PNN) http://www.hetpnn.nl/
*Norway: Stipendiat-organisasjonene i Norge (SiN) http://www.stipendiat.no/
*Poland: Krajowa Reprezentacja Doktorantow (KRD) http://www.krd.org.pl/
*Portugal: Associação dos Bolseiros de Investigação Cientifica (ABIC) http://www.abic-online.org/
*Russia: Young Researchers http://www.yrr.tpu.edu.ru/
*Slovakia: Asociácia doktorandov Slovenska (ADS) http://quantum.quniverse.sk/ads
*Slovenia: Drustvo Mladih Raziskovalcev Slovenije (DMRS) http://www.drustvo-dmrs.si/
*Spain: Precarios http://www.precarios.org/
*Sweden: Sveriges Doktorander (SDok) http://www.sdok.se/
*Switzerland: ActionUni http://www.actionuni.ch/
*United Kingdom: National Postgraduate Committee (NPC) http://www.npc.org.uk/

In addition, contributions to Eurodoc's activities also include the following Observers as national representatives:
*Romania: Ad Astra http://www.ad-astra.ro/
*Turkey
*United Kingdom: UK National Research Staff Association
*Belarus

More Information

More information can be found on the Eurodoc website. A free newsletter can be subscribed to at the homepage, and every young researcher can contribute to the general discussion list.

See also

*Bologna process
*Doctor of Philosophy
*Doctorate
*Early-Stage Researcher
*European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers
*Lisbon Strategy
*Postdoctoral researcher
*World Association of Young Scientists

External links

* [http://www.eurodoc.net EURODOC]
* [http://nextwave.sciencemag.org/feature/eurodocexchange.shtml Science's Next Wave & Eurodoc cooperation]
* [http://www.nature.com/cgi-taf/DynaPage.taf?file=/nature/journal/v427/n6972/full/nj6972-378b_fs.html&content_filetype=pdf Article on EURODOC in Nature (pdf)]


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