One effective method of promotion can be presenting EURAXESS at events whose audience belongs to the target groups of the network, i.e. policy makers, funding organisations, employers of researchers and the researchers themselves. In preparation for such presentations, national EURAXESS networks need to collect the list of national events that could be of interest to them. A table with the name and date of the event, the target audience and other potentially useful information could serve this purpose. It is an advantage if there is an established relationship with the organiser of the targeted event; in any case, requesting a time slot for the presentation as early as possible is recommended. When designing the content of the presentation, the composition and interests of the audience should be taken into consideration. The presenter should be a person with appropriate experience and knowledge of the EURAXESS network in order to maximise the impact.
The planning process and the criteria to be taken into consideration are similar when the targeted event is at an international or European Union level. Again, the most competent presenter must be selected, with a view on the scope of the event and the professional background and rank of the other presenters.
The EURAXESS T.O.P. project has been following the guidelines above and the consortium has compiled a list of events in which the network can be promoted. This list is available here.
The EURAXESS Services network would also benefit from collaborating with other networks and organisations that are also active in this field in several respects:
- Knowledge about EURAXESS Services could be spread through different channels, so that the services would be requested by more researchers.
- Both sides could benefit from an exchange of information. Being able to refer to partners for certain questions might enrich the services for the clients.
- In cooperation with other stakeholders, EURAXESS could contribute to policy decisions, for example concerning activity plans towards ERA.
It would be particularly beneficial to collaborate with networks and organisations that are also offering services for international mobile researchers or contribute to removing obstacles to researcher mobility at the policy level.
There are many networks of interest with which interaction in different ways could be useful and fruitful. Within the EURAXESS T.O.P. project, some project members have collected and prioritised mainly networks concerned with mobile international researchers. They produced a chart providing not only key information on the networks but also proposals for or descriptions of possible collaboration. The chart, which is available in the annex, is not intended to be exhaustive. It is meant to stimulate EURAXESS Services network partners to start or intensify collaborations with partners outside of the EURAXESS network.