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Researcher professional development. Analysis and reports.


Here you can find information of interest if you are working within an institution or agent involved in researcher career development issues: from the analysis of existing policies to recommendations for improving your own policies and strategies.

Recommendations for fostering researcher career development in Europe

PIPERS Policy Recommendations
These recommendations are aimed at the main stakeholders in researcher career development in Europe: European Commission, Member States, research funding and performing organizations, EURAXESS network and researchers themselves.

They have been agreed by a large number of international experts on the topic.

Why is this report useful?

It gives a general view of the current ecosystem and can be useful for launching new work plans around researcher career development at national, institutional (including EURAXESS centres) and individual level. The report aims at inspiring and educating the different stakeholders about their roles and responsibilities in the professional development of research staff.


Publication date: February 2016


Good practices in researcher career development.

PIPERS Good Practices
In this report we analyze the state of art of the researcher career and we identify a number of good practices from international organizations, European and third countries.

Generally speaking, we could say that the strategies supporting researcher career development are still at an early stage, although some institutions have made significant advances.

Why is this report useful?

It provides a general overview of the current state of policies in support of researcher career development around the world, and identifies different models which might be transposable to other institutions. This can be useful for institutions and other stakeholders currently developing their own strategies.


Publication date: August 2016


Measuring the impact of the researcher professional development strategies.

PIPERS Measuring impact
Measuring the impact of professional development strategies (in terms of enhancing scientific performance, intersectoral mobility, fundraising for research, professional positioning of research staff within the system, etc.) is a key issue for structuring and continuously improving these strategies.

This report analyzes why it is important that the different stakeholders make the effort of measuring impact, and also describes some methodologies that can be used to develop impact measurement frameworks.

Why is this report useful?

It aims at educating the different stakeholders on the need to properly measure the impact of actions for improving researcher career development, and the role of each of them. It also includes two possible theoretical frameworks that can be used for designing the impact measurement plans.


Publication date: November 2016