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CNRS adopts EU charter for researchers

CNRS is the first French research organization to formally adopt this charter, which has also been approved by several research bodies in Germany, Italy, Slovakia, Ukraine, and Switzerland.

The first-ever European Charter for Researchers has recently been issued by the European Commission, and was adopted on December 19 by CNRS.
Back in March 2000, the Lisbon European Council set an ambitious goal for the European Community in the area of research and scientific development: to become by 2010 the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world. However, many current indicators show a lack of interest in research among a number of young Europeans, which could translate into a scarcity of researchers in key scientific fields for the short term. Faced with this situation, the European Commission decided to launch a European charter for researchers, which entrenches the rights and duties of researchers and their employers or organizations financing research, such as foundations. The intention is to make research professions more attractive by ensuring that researchers have the means to execute their projects and pursue their career in optimum conditions.
To this end, the charter makes recommendations on all aspects of the researcher's sphere of work: production, transfer, the sharing and dissemination of knowledge, and technological development. The Commission has formulated such recommendations with regard to member States. For researchers, the charter suggests the adoption of a number of ethical principles and the commitment to professional and societal responsibilities. The employer's obligations include an engagement to ensure employment conditions that allow researchers to work to the full extent of their abilities, particularly regarding stability and continuous duration of employment, financing, salaries and career development. The charter also proposes a code of conduct for recruitment of researchers, which aims to ensure maximum equity in the process of candidate selection.


 

Contacts :

Victoire Teisserenc
victoire.teisserenc@cnrs-dir.fr


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