The reasons of brain drain in some European countries can be multiple and there will always be a dispute on the real necessity of moving abroad on scientific and technical point of view. I pretty much know the Italian reality and I do not want to go into the details of many issues because it […]

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There are some documents endorsed by a large number of EU organizations, reporting recommendations on general principles and requirements applicable to researchers, employers and founders and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. When you write a proposal (at least at EU level) it is fundamental stating that these principles will be respected. Other […]

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Are the methods for evaluating scientists the best way for understanding their capabilities and the quality of the science they are developing? Number of publications, number of citations, h-index, amount of money, paper metrics. All these numbers should resume our career. What about the quality of our research? The reality is that these numbers are […]

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As researchers we are often dealing with different type of contracts and different rules according to the country where we move. This means difficult management of: activity, pension scheme (http://biondiriccardo.it/researching-the-pension/), affiliation, research funding submission, collaborations requests. Just a simple example: changing institute you may change email and systematically the old email is closed. What if […]

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This is a provocative post which could be appreciated or hated depending on the reader´s role or attitude. When young researchers submit an application or a proposal, it is requested to provide a recommendation letter written by the actual or former supervisor or to provide some reference names able to support your application. In the […]

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Many researchers must move around a lot before getting a permanent position. Looking at the long-term future I do not see any guarantee. Mobility is very important for research but the pension is one of the issues to deal with and it seems that policy makers are not interested to solve the problem, so we must find a solution […]

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Mobility is good for researchers, we can meet inspiring environments we can learn and know different cultures, create and improve our network and find new collaborations. All the EU funding programs (public and private) push for mobility without any limit but nobody thinks that mobility has also negative consequences for the researchers’ lives and for […]

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