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October 10, 2005 11:14:00

"MOBILITY IN RESEARCH - A KEY TO THE FUTURE?"

The intenational seminar will be held in Estonia on 18-20 November organized by the Estonian Academy of Young Scientists.

Aims
The main goal is to discuss the mobility of young researchers through the means of an open dialog in order to find possible solutions to the problems encountered.
The seminar is attempting to answer the following questions:

  1. how to intensify and enhance the mobility opportunities of young experts on a regional level;
  2. how and by who the reintegration program should be compiled and implemented?
  3. what role should young scientists play in the reintegration process?

Mobility
Mobility is seen among the young scientists as one of the most important forward leading factors to fortify and diversify the research process. In the countries that successfully implement its scientific potential much attention is being paid to the mobility of the young researchers. At the same time it is not clear how significant the personal role of the young scientists should be in this process. In the seminar framework a 3-day international seminar will be organized where lectors from different European countries competent in the topic of mobility are to be invited.
The discussion of he main principles of mobility and its accompanying opportunities, problems and outputs is to be offered to 40 participants. Young researchers will then share their own personal experience and attempt to find solutions through polemics on the problems of mobility and reintegration. 
Each participant is expected to present an abstract, essay or review about the mobility situation in his/her country/region or concerning his or her own experience with participating in such a program. 
Some topics for help in writing:

  • Current situation regarding mobility in your country (e.g. your country as a common representative of Eastern European vision, social economic and cultural challenges imposed on the young researches by the hosting societies and institutions);
  • Academia ? the starting or ending point of career? (de facto absence of concurrence within the faculty stuff ? factual predetermination of academic career regardless of professional skills; absence of preference for foreign experience while applying for academic position);
  • Single academic degree ? numerous career choices (non academic positions for undergraduate students as a mean of professional development and for degree students and postdoctoral professionals as a mean of escaping routine and becoming more position- and research topic- independent. Additional skills given via lectures and seminars to widen the narrow framework of specific study area).

During the seminar three workshops will be organized, where the discussion and elaboration on specific sub areas of the problem will be conducted (for instance problems linked to the reintegration, comparison of the European Union mobility programs, expectations and demands that foreign environment imposes on a young researcher etc).
Workshop A: Understanding mobility (classification, definition, implementation)
Workshop B: Social, cultural and economical aspects of mobility
Workshop C: Repatriation and reintegration ? the toughest choice in academic career? (What makes it so problematic and what changes should be advised and accomplished in order to improve the situation in this area. What should be done to change the current attitude of the general public and young researcher regarding mobility from one-sided e.g. brain drain to two sided e.g. reimmigration).

  1. In addition to the project?s planned compendium and exchange of experience, the following results are to be expected:
    resolution based on the proposed solutions in the thematic workshop where the actuality of the problem is underlined and incorporates initiatives from young scientists in order to solve this problem (it should be possible to present the resolution to the institutions in their own countries which deal with the mobility of young scientists);
  2. diversification, development and intensifying of the present collaboration within the WAYS Baltic-Nordic Regional Unit (http://www.enta.ee/2005/bnru.html) in the field of mobility, reintegration and other issues relevant to them;
  3. creation of a democratic and free dialogue between young researchers from Nordic, Baltic counties and the Commonwealth of Independent States;
  4. coordination and development of upcoming thematic collaboration projects in the sphere of mobility;
  5. creation of an information network that enables the transfer of experience and information between the young researchers from the EU, Baltic states and the CIS.
  6. The described project is not to be sees as a one-time activity, but rather as the creation of a favorable ground both for eventual future activities and the described network functioning. (http://www.enta.ee/2005/ifyro07.html).

Please visit the following web page for more information:
http://www.enta.ee/2005/mobility/


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