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Research and innovation
Conference on Research Careers 2023

Brussels, 21-22 November 2023

About the event

Research & Innovation hold the answers to most of Europe’s societal challenges. The lack of career stability undermines the attractiveness of research careers in Europe. Considering the pivotal role of researchers in shaping Europe’s future, the European Commission is accelerating its efforts, under the umbrella of the new European Research Area policy, to make research careers truly attractive, rewarding and stable.

Sustainable working conditions (stable pay and pension schemes), healthier working environments, opportunities to develop new skills and to move seamlessly between sectors, incentives and rewards, modernising research management are among the topics the Commission is engaged in discussing and developing together with Member States and stakeholders.

Because researchers matter, and because the time is now, take part in the discussions on 21-22 November 2023.



A pan-European Occupational Pension Fund for Researchers

The mobility of researchers is a driver of excellence in research. However, researchers face difficulties in preserving their pension benefits when moving.

RESAVER is a pan-European Occupational pension fund for researchers, developed with the support of the European Commission, that allow researchers to remain affiliated to the same pension solutions while moving between countries.

RESAVER helps foster mobility, increases the attractiveness of employers and contributes to the creation of an appealing labour market for researchers.

Researchers in motion

EURAXESS is a one-stop shop for researchers and innovators seeking to advance their careers and personal development by moving to other countries. The unique web portal offers jobs, funding and hosting opportunities, career development guidance, free tools and much more.

It provides tailored information and support, free of charge, to researchers, entrepreneurs and research performing organisations.

Currently, EURAXESS network counts 43 European countries and 9 worldwide hubs..

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Better conditions

The implementation of the Charter & Code principles via the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) makes research institutions and funding organisations more visible and attractive to researchers looking for a new employer or for a host for their research project.

The European Commission recognises with the 'HR Excellence in Research Award' the institutions making progress in aligning their human resources policies to the principles of the Charter & Code, based on a customised action plan/HR strategy.

The Charter has been extensively revised and is currently under discussion at Council level. Its adoption is targeted on December 2023.

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ACTION 4 ERA Policy Agenda
Better research careers

Action 4 of the ERA Policy Agenda (Promote attractive and sustainable research careers, balanced talent circulation and international, transdisciplinary and intersectoral mobility across the ERA) is of key importance to make research careers in Europe more attractive, in line with the May 2021 Council Conclusions on research careers. The implementation of the action is advancing at a fast pace, in cooperation with Member States, Horizon Europe Associated Countries, and stakeholders.

On 13 July, the Commission adopted the proposal for a Council Recommendation on a European framework for research careers – which includes the new Charter for Researchers – and launched ResearchComp (European Competence Framework for Researchers) website. Additional initiatives are ongoing, including the development of an observatory on research and innovation careers.


  1. 21 November 2023
    Day 1 - Panel discussion

    12:30   Welcome lunch and registrations

    14:00   Welcoming introduction

    14:10   A new path towards attractive and sustainable research careers

    15:10   Crossing frontiers with RESAVER: addressing pension challenges for Europe's researchers 

    15:40   Coffee break

    16:00   EURAXESS in the field: stories from the research community

    16:45   Conclusions

    17:00   Networking Cocktail

  2. 22 November 2023
    Day 2 - Breakout sessions

    Breakout session 1: EURAXESS in the field: stories from the research community (closed session)
    Breakout session 2: HRS4R Info Day (Join on webex / Download agenda)
    Breakout session 3: RESAVER Board of Directors meeting (closed session)
    Breakout session 4: Ad hoc workshop on Action 4 ERA Policy Agenda (closed session)

    09:00   Welcome coffee & registrations

    09:30   Discussions

    10:30   Coffee break

    11:00   Discussions

    12:30   Lunch

    14:00   Discussions

    15:30   Coffee break

    16:00   Discussions

    17:00   Conclusions (30')


Presentation29 November 2023
The conference on Research Careers 2023 - day 1 presentation
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Practical information

Conference on Research Careers 2023

21-22 November 2023

The Hotel Brussels
Bd de Waterloo 38
1000 Brussels

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at ERAeventatwearemci [dot] com (ERAevent[at]wearemci[dot]com).