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Under the auspices of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), ACA’s Slovak member organization – the Slovak Academic Information Agency (SAIA, n.o.) – organized, together with EURAXESS Slovakia, a highly interactive and intellectually stimulating international workshop in Bratislava, on 9 November 2016.
Under the title “Career choice researcher”, the event gathered close to 100 delegates to discuss about career paths and career development of researchers, in the spirit of the Bratislava Declaration of Young Researchers (of 19 July 2016). The workshop also served as a venue for participants to look into and to provide feedback on the preliminary results of the REFLEX project, or Responsive & Flexible Career Development Framework for Researchers in full.
The REFLEX project is a joint initiative of SAIA, n.o. (Slovakia), ETH Zürich (Switzerland), NTNU Trondheim (Norway), Bay Zoltán Nonprofit Ltd (Hungary) and the University of Copenhagen (Denmark). The main aim of the project and of subsequent outputs is to enable researchers (particularly the early-stage ones) to better manage their careers by making them fully aware of available resources, career options and patterns both within, as well as outside academia. Set to create “intelligent support mechanisms for intelligent careers”, the REFLEX project team developed – based on reviews of literature, institutional practice and on national scenario workshops – a Career Development Framework, an ensuing General Training Model System (GTMS) for Career Development, and last but not least an online application for a Career Development Training Scheme.
The REFLEX online application, which is currently available in testing mode via the REFLEX website is to be used at institutional level, and can be tailor-made according to each institution’s needs and specific context, to
Bratislava Declaration of Young Researchers
The final version of the online tool and a step-by-step guide on how to use it will be made available by the end of 2016 on the project’s website. The presentations delivered during the Bratislava workshop of 9 November can be accessed via the project website as well.