Euroscience Open Forum 2012
ESOF 2012: Careers Programme
In partnership with Intel Ireland
The active participation of young researchers, in the early stages of their careers, in ESOF is a major contributor to the success of the meetings. Their presence greatly enlivens the Scientific Programme, while a parallel Careers Programme addresses many of their particular interests and concerns. The Programme aims to provide early-career researchers with knowledge and contacts to support their career ambitions.
With over 1,000 young researchers from across Europe and beyond in attendance, participation at ESOF2012 will enabled researchers to expand their networks of contacts and potential collaborators, an important formative step in their careers. It also provided them with a unique opportunity to interact with leading scientists from fields outside of their own speciality. An international committee identified three overarching themes for the Careers Programme:
- The 21st Century Researcher
Researchers face many challenges with pressure to be innovators, mentors and entrepreneurs. Is the PhD still fit for purpose?
- The Diversity of Careers for Researchers
What is the range of careers available to young researchers? How do we make researchers more employable outside academia?
- The Global Researcher
International mobility is an integral part of the process of research and of career development of the researcher.
An open call for proposals elicited 70 high-quality submissions in advance of the closing date in September 2011. The international committee evaluated the submissions and selected 15 sessions for the programme.
Dr Daniel Funeriu, former Minister for Science in Romania and Marie Curie Fellow, opened the Careers Programme with a keynote address on the morning of Thursday, 12th July. Dr Funeriu also presented the European Young Researchers’ Awards.
A Careers Expo formed an integral part of the Careers Programme which enabled researchers of all ages and levels of experience to engage with leading international employers from the biomedical and technology sectors. Exhibitors such as Intel and Career Zoo had hundreds of research jobs on offer.