Why are research careers important?
Science Europe Member Organisations, as funders and employers of a significant number of researchers in Europe, see it as their responsibility to lead by example and to work towards appropriate strategies to ensure the attractiveness of research careers, including by the provision of appropriate support instruments. The creation of optimal career conditions requires ensuring that the highest standards in all human resources-related issues are applied wherever researchers are professionally active. These include recruitment processes, career progression at all levels, and equality of opportunity regardless of gender, ethnicity, or other differences.
In addition, research careers are increasingly diverse and do not necessarily follow traditional paths. Consequently these changes require specific consideration and tailored actions.