Recognition, visibility, mobility, inclusiveness, precarity. These are but a few of the challenges that researchers face nowadays. Promoting rewarding and inclusive research careers is key for Europe to unlock the impact that science has to offer to the world. Due to reduced funding, academic research careers are overly competitive and opportunities to become a research leader are narrowing for current generations of early stage researchers, bringing to light several shortcomings on how research and researchers are evaluated and promoted and pushing for a reform of the research assessment in Europe. On the other hand, the perception of success in science is broadening and diversity of options are becoming more and more attractive. Research jobs in industry or careers at the interface of science both in academia and government sector are becoming increasingly popular.
In this session, we will bring the voice of early and later career stage researchers, research organisations and funding bodies to debate the challenges of research careers in Europe and how too overcome them. Starting with flash talks from the invited speakers, the session will consists of a round table debate with Q&A from the audience.