The conference will take place on 18.9.2014 (10:00 CET), at Queen’s ASTORIA Design Hotel (Victoria Hall), Milovana Milovanovića 1, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia. It is being organized by the Serbian EURAXESS Bridgehead office, with the support of the Ministry for education, science and technological development.

The conference aims at establishment of the political agenda of the Western Balkans region, regarding the three pillars for human resource development in research and science:

  • Alignment of research policies with the European principles for researchers' career development (based on the European Charter and Code for Researchers),
  • Overcoming the remaining challenges of researchers’ mobility in the region, and
  • Establishment of the sustainable cooperation with scientific diaspora.

The conference foresees participation of representatives of ministries in charge for science of all WB countries, university rectors and vice-rectors and deans. They will be addressed by the prof. dr Aleksandar Belić, state secretary in the Ministry for education, science and technological development, mrs. Stefania Bettini, independent expert on European policies for researchers, mr. Dimitrios Sanopoulos, WeBInUnion project coordinator, mrs. Victoria Bodnarova, EURAXESS Links USA.

The distinguished speakers will present the current state-of-play of above-listed pillars in the region and propose the directions for resolving the identified issues. Prof. dr Dragan Antić and Prof. dr Zoran Jovanović will present the first human resources strategy for researchers, developed in the Serbian R&D landscape, at the University of Niš.

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About the objectives of the conference

Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (hereinafter HRS4R strategy) is an initiative of the European Commission for the adoption and implementation of the principles of the European Charter and Code for Researchers (hereinafter the Charter and Code). The Charter defines the roles and responsibilities of researchers and organizations in which they work. The Code aims to enhance the quality and transparency of the researchers recruitement and their career development, including criteria. Both documents were adopted by the European Commission, in March 2005 (Recommendation on the European Charter for Researchers and on a Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers).

The mobility of researchers is one of the main factors for their personal professional development, but also for establishment of a solid and sustainable collaboration with top scientific institutions in Europe. It is conisdered as a outgoing (eg. doctoral studies, participation in the project, study visit, etc..) or incoming (various kinds of engagement of foreign researchers in national institutions, doctoral studies, short-term or long-term engagement of researchers from abroad, etc..) mobility. The remaining obstacles to the mobility of researchers will be discussed at the conference through the various aspects of doctoral studies, working conditions, employment conditions, motivational factors, links with industry, ethical and professional aspects, the level of professional development, etc.. 

Scientific diaspora is characterized by a strong potential to contribute to the development of domestic science, especially in the region. The conference explores various possible aspects of the transformation of this potential to a sustainable strategic initiative. The conference discussion related to the collaboration with scientific diaspora will take into account aspects of the reasons for immigration, the influence of different factors for possible repatriation, as well as factors of cooperation with domestic scientific research institutions.

Conference organization

Serbian EURAXESS network was formed in 2008, with the support of the European Commission and the Ministry of Science and it is coordinated by the Bridgeghead office, established at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Niš. Serbian EURAXESS network is a member of a pan-European network consisting of 260 organizations from 40 European countries. The main objectives of the Serbian EURAXESS network are to provide assistance to mobile researchers, to promote European principles and practices of career development of researchers and the establishment of appropriate European standards in these areas. Since the 2009, the network has responded to more than 800 registered queries of the foreign and domestic mobile researchers, concerning the recognition of diplomas, employment opportunities and engagement, the conditions of residence in Serbia, etc.. Today, the network consists of 33 national institutions - four state universities, their 19 faculties, eight institutes and two private higher education institutions.