Patients and researchers towards a new dialogue

How can patients take part in the research that directly concern them? How should they start to first interact with researchers? What incentives exist to facilitate the dialogue between researchers and patients? This article shares lessons learned during our workshop at ESOF conference in Toulouse collecting best practices from various European countries.

Researchers Associations beyond borders: how many computations to design an interactive constellation?

In the rapidly evolving global research enterprise, new scientific and societal challenges require multidisciplinary approaches and the involvement of a higher and diverse number of stakeholders. Accordingly, researchers are increasingly required to work across disciplines, sectors and institutions at regional, national and international levels.
Researchers associations are an invaluable resource to support researchers along their career development and to foster researchers communities.
How many combinations could be imagined to bring together researchers associations and to foster researcher’s networking beyond national and discipline borders?
The session aims at collecting input as a basis for a strategy on how to systematise the collaboration between important actors in the field of research career development.

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Involving researchers in teachers’ training

A pragmatic solution to associate citizens more closely with research is to develop training programmes associating researchers with teachers. This is exactly what the Maison pour la Science en Alsace initiative has done in France. In this opinion piece, its director Mélodie Faury explains the benefits of such an approach in getting teachers first-hand experience of what research really is about.

Hans Wigzell: let the researchers free from bureaucrats

Changing the environment in which scientists evolve requires considerable cultural changes. In this exclusive interview, EuroScientist talks to Hans Wigzell, one of the most influential scientists in Europe and former president of the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. Although he recognises the necessity of bureaucrats in research institutions, he denounces their intervention as micromanagers of research. He also shares his views on what is required to, literally, let scientists free from bureaucrats. The solution he advocates involves strong leadership in research to remove the need for bureaucratic rules.

Radical funding overhaul needed to empower researchers

Funding research effectively is a demanding exercise. Young scientists gathered in Bratislava in July 2016 published a wish list for a definite overhaul of the funding system. The key to the change is to empower researchers. The proposals will be annexed to the conclusions of the EU Competitiveness Council of research and innovation ministers and tabled for adoption at the Competitiveness Council on 29 November 2016 in Brussels.

And the Young Researchers Award 2015 laureate is…

The International Selection Committee for the European Young Researchers’ Award 2015 appointed by the EuroScience Board, has selected Ms. Heike Blockus for the 2015 EYRA. As in all odd years, 2015 EYRA is to recognize PhD candidates who have demonstrated an outstanding research performance, leadership and outreach and have incorporated a clear European dimension in their research.