Contact details of the institution hosting the BHO
Fondazione CRUI per le Università italiane (CRUI Foundation for Italian Universities)
The BHO is hosted by the CRUI Foundation for Italian Universities, the Foundation of the Italian Rector´s Conference which deals with projects and initiatives that are primarily addressed to the university system; it also has an important role as a coordinator. A large part of the network is made up of universities (11), seven of which act as LoCPs.
EURAXESS Services Centres
There are seven ESCs, located at AREA Science Park (a consortium grouping different R&D institutions as well as private companies in the area of Trieste), at APRE (a private organisation that has been endorsed by the Ministry for Education, University and Research to perform the task of NCP for the FP7), at the International Relations Unit of the National Research Council (CNR) and at the Universities of Camerino, Siena, Turin and Udine.
The full list is available at www.euraxess.it/services/types.php?pag=centres
Local Contact Points
The EURAXESS LoCPs in Italy are all hosted by universities. They have all signed the Declaration of Commitment. The seven LoCPs are located in the Universities of Bologna, Calabria, Catania, Milano, Padova, Pisa and Verona.
Structure of the national network
The structure and complexity of the research system in Italy, with a high number of institutions (just to give an example, there are more than 90 universities), have influenced the structure of the network from the beginning. When the first project began in 2004, no structured information was available for foreign researchers and the organisations in the network did not communicate with each other on the main topics.
The BHO chose an inclusive philosophy, focusing on a different approach to researcher mobility, and taking into account the different competences and profiles of the institutions in the national research arena. This approach is in fact more complex for management at a national level, requiring a strong capacity to balance the activities and missions of participating organisations, as well as the ability to stimulate fruitful relationships. It calls for managing different situations and needs and promoting a ‘network identity’ through diversity. Moreover, it has to respect the institutional strategies of each institution, and therefore requires a significant involvement in terms of coordination, which is quite different when all services and roles are grouped into one single organisation at the national level.
The lack of funding is partly affecting the network’s structure and the time devoted by each centre (in particular LoCPs) to this specific activity.
The BHO has coordination and networking functions. Jointly with the other network members, it organises two meetings a year and tries to liaise with relevant authorities at the national level. It also identifies the critical points in the area of researcher mobility and coordinates the national portal. The ESCs and LoCPs provide information and assistance services to researchers, according to the Declaration of Commitment and to their internal organisation.
- Full-time equivalent staff:
- Number of persons:
- BHO: 0.3
- BHO: 1
- ESCs: 6.1
- ESCs: 16
- LoCPs: 1.8
- LoCPs: 8
- + external 0.4
- + 1 external person
Respondents: 10 (1 BHO; 5 ESCs; 4 LoCPs) – approximate estimates for the entire network for the year 2010
Declaration of Commitment (DoC)
All the institutions have signed the DoC.
National funding of EURAXESS Services Network
At present there is no funding available at the national level.
Target groups of the Bridgehead Organisation
- administrative staff
Target groups of the EURAXESS Services Centres
- administrative staff
Target groups of the Local Contact Points
- administrative staff
- local authorities
Relationship and communication between the BHO, the Steering Group for Human Resources and Mobility for Researchers (SG HRM), the People National Contact Points (NCPs) and the People Programme Committee
Communication is quite good, despite the fact that all these roles and responsibilities are based in different institutions and handled by different people. The member of the SG HRM is a rector and communication with the BHO is easy and very collaborative (the BHO is based at the Foundation of the Italian Rectors’ Conference).
The People NCP is included as a network member and in some cases performs activities that are strictly related to the EURAXESS mission (i.e. working groups on contracts/visa), whose results are shared in annual network meetings.
One of the People Programme Committee members is kept informed about EURAXESS and has regular contact with the BHO. Communication takes place whenever necessary, e.g. for updates on different issues concerning mobility or when there is a need for information or a request of inputs for documents. Relations are primarily based on personal involvement and collaboration between the different components, which often met for the first time at a national or international event.