Published: 07/03/2011 | Modified: 07/04/2014, 11:20 am

As research institutions, universities, industry and employers that recruit, educate and retain front-line researchers in a global competitive labour market, you need to understand the factors that help promote mobility of researchers as well as those that act as barriers for its progress.

It is well recognized by institutions employing researchers that eye-opening new knowledge often needs interdisciplinary, intersectorial and geographical mobility. Barriers to transnational mobility must be addressed in order to foster research excellence and recruitment and retaining world-class researchers. Proactive initiatives must be implemented for international collaboration and ‘brain circulation’ within an open European Research and Innovation Area (ERIA) and at a global level.

Therefore, as research institutions and potential employers, it is essential you need to have access to specialized services for information and hands-on assistance to mobile researchers.

The EU and the EURAXESS initiative seek to fulfil these goals. Over 200 Service Centres (ESCs) and Local Contact Points (LoCPs) at research institutions are established to facilitate mobility and help researchers deal with formalities and practicalities when moving from one country to another. This Network covers 37 countries and offers detailed information and links to relevant authorities for incoming and outgoing researchers on jobs, visa requirements, taxation, social security, accommodation, and other topics.

The EURAXESS web-site is composed of four main sections where the following information can be found:

  • Services: Network of more than two hundred Service Centres located in 37 European countries. These Centres help researchers and their family to plan and organise their move to a foreign country. This free personalised assistance helps researchers tackle issues such as accommodation, visa and work permits, language lessons, schools for their children, social security and medical care.
  • Jobs: information on jobs and funding opportunities. Research institutions can post jobs on the portal for free; CVs can be posted by researchers.
  • Rights: Information on rights and obligations for researchers, employers and funding organisations to make researcher careers more attractive:

EURAXESS Rights is based on the European Commission’s Recommendation ‘The European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (2005)’ and a procedure for how to implement the Charter & Code elements as part of the Human Resources Strategy of the research institution.

The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers Incorporating the Charter & Code’ (2008) is a procedure based on performing a gap analysis of how the institution complies with the principles and elements by law and in practice, a selection of some elements for improvement, a self-assessment to determine whether things have improved, and an external evaluation every four years. The institution may support the ‘HR Strategy for Researchers’ financed by the EU to exchange experiences and best practices on how to implement the Charter & Code and improve its own systems and routines for recruitment and assistance to mobile researchers.

Research institutions and employees should implement the principles of the Charter & Code for Researchers to improve recruitment and retaining of researchers in their own institution, as well as nationally and throughout Europe.

We also invite you to visit the National portals of the Euraxess countries.

  • Links: Network for European researchers working outside Europe. Here they can find extensive information about research in Europe, European research policies, career opportunities in Europe, international collaboration and trans-national mobility. It also provides interactive web tools promoting networking amongst European researchers living abroad.

This is our Euraxess Web Handbook which serves as a guide to the services and work we do related to research mobility. As research institutions we think it is important for you to understand our work and how we do it.