Navigating today’s societal and climate change challenges requires a strong, independent and stable scientific community to generate knowledge, reflect and make strong contributions to scientific and societal debates. INOGOV ECIN therefore welcomes and endorses the “Bratislava Declaration of Young Researchers”, which aims to improve the conditions of tomorrow’s leading researchers and scientists.

Speaking about ECIN’s decision to endorse the Bratislave Declaration, ECIN Coordinator, Jonas Schoenefeld, said: “As a network of young researchers, we know all to well that the prospects of insecure career paths, chains of limited contracts and a general low number of career opportunities in science are stretching a generation of young researchers in Europe and beyond to their limits. More must be done to improve conditions for young researchers, and the Bratislava Declaration is an important step forward in this endeavour.”

INOGOV ECIN has encouraged INOGOV’s funder, the COST Association, to endorse the declaration. In response, Dr Primož Pristovšek, Head of Science Operations, COST Association has said, “The Bratislava Declaration aims and goals are in line with COST Excellence and Inclusiveness Policy aiming to empower and retain young talented  researchers. There are different support measures recently designed and  implemented by the COST Actions, focusing on early career investigators’  needs such as  conference grant, availability of pre-financing for participation at STSMs, preference given young(er)  researchers to be elected as Chairs and other leading positions of the  Management Committees.”

 

Photo: Press conference on the Bratislava declaration. From left: Sarah Glück, author of the declaration; Carlos Moedas, Commissioner; Peter Plavcan, Slovak Minister; Emilia Petrikova and Miguel Jorge, authors of the declaration. Credit: EU2016 SK.

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