Conference background

Posted Oct 24, 06:49 PM

Why we will be there?

This is the 10th, anniversary, Eurodoc conference since 2002. Every year in the international Eurodoc conference the representatives of the organization and the guests from various countries evaluate and review what was done during the previous year, discuss the actual topics and problems confronted by young researchers and PhD students, exchange their experience, analyze models and policy for research development and implementation in Europe.

This year we gather in Vilnius to discuss about situation and future of new generation in science through the prism of traditions. We expect to find the causes which have distorted the essence of traditions and how this influences the activity of the young scientist.

Summary of conference topics

Science: tradition vs. innovation. Universities as educational factories, do the recent changes in the policy for PhD studies lead to future Europe of Science and Innovation? How is young researcher treated at the end of his/her studies – as “perpetual” student or as equal in community with the rights to his/her intellectual property? Can’t the journal editorial board evaluate the progress of innovation or is it just young researcher who is not able to express his/her new scientific results properly and thus the progress of innovation is stopped? What are the challenges for the young researcher in Framework Programme 8?
• Katrien Maes, League of European Research Universities: Quantity and Quality: science for masses
• Rolf Vermeij: Publication of scientific results vs. dissemination of innovation
• Stefaan Hermans, Head of Unit „Universities and Researchers”, European Commission: Eight Framework Programme (FP8)
• Thomas Jorgensen, European University Association: Salzburg principles II

SMScience. In the outrageous dynamics of today’s life researcher might choose to organize the research, but not to make science. He/she strives to keep the position in society thus he/she may take shallow attitude towards the rules of the system for the fast result as an objective, publishing as much results as he/she can, participating in as much projects as he/she can, disseminating the knowledge he/she may not even have. What the role then takes the young researcher in the science now?
• Liutauras Gudžinskas, Vilnius University: What are the challenges for the new generation researchers?
• Norbert Kroo, Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Scientific Council of the European Research Council: Science, traditions and the European innovation union
• When publications is just a plus in CV of the young scientist

Business as usual? Science requires constant output and dedication and the results are not achieved so fast. Business is based on experience and intuition it requires constant running, fast or big awards. Yet they both see the potential of knowledge and compete what has the right to possess them. Is the collaboration possible in this situation? Maybe science should learn something from business? What can business learn from science when it comes to knowledge dissemination?
• Linas Eriksonas, Europarama: Business for idea or science for money?
• Yolande van der Veer: What can business learn from science and science can learn from business?
• Lidia Borell, European University Association: Collaborative doctoral education – a way towards enhanced employability and career perspectives.