Posted Dec 5, 11:32 AM

Women and men in science, where is the problem and how can we solve it?

Even if it is easy to think that gender discrimination is a problem from the past, the gender you have is still an important factor regarding how far you will get in your scientific career. Much fewer women than men get to a full professor position, even if they stay in the academic career. This is both a problem for the individual, but also for the research as a whole since diversity in research teams has been shown to correlate positively with the quality of research. How can we, as early stage researchers, work to create European Research Area that attract women to pursue a scientific career all the way from doctoral candidate to the full professor position? What formal and informal discriminating structures exist on national and European
levels? What are good practices and what are bad practices?
Chair: Marisa Alonso Nunez
Speakers: Curt Rice, Tromsø, Norway and GenSet project
Zivile Rutkuniene, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania, BASNET Forumas
Aistė Dromantaitė-Stancikienė, Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania

Research integrity for new generation of researchers

Research Integrity (RI) is a subject which gains increasing significance in researchers’ world by promoting responsible research, professional standards, and, at the same time, indicating problems and traps related to various sorts of research misconduct (including plagiarism, fabrication, falsification and similar). Younger generations of researchers are particularly vulnerable, as often they do not have possibility to get proper training or instructions, they are exposed to high publishing demands, and frequently face problems due to irresponsible conduct of senior colleagues. Recent European and international activities in the field of research integrity offer new insights and prospects relevant for junior researchers as well. The aim of the workshop is: 1) to provide broader understanding of the issue and main concerns related to RI; 2) to introduce to the relevant European and international activities and initiatives 3) to emphasize and discuss problems specific for junior researchers 4) to provide more active role for early-stage researchers in shaping of integrity culture.
Chair: Snezana Krstic
Speakers: Diana Malpede, UNESCO, Science policy and Sustainable Development Division
Prabhat Agarwal, European Commission, DG Information Society and Media
Randell Stephenson, Committee of Publication Ethics – COPE
Snezana Krstic, Eurodoc

Supervising doctoral candidates: new trends and techniques

This workshop will deal with how traditional PhD supervision happens in comparison to new techniques, with a special focus on collaborative education. The role of technology and its impact on the supervision process, how the new supervisor leaves space for individual concerns (cultural background, family situation, sensitivity concerning communication, collaboration style, etc.) and how PhD candidates can successfully work with multiple supervisors, among other issues will be taken into consideration. Regarding career development attention will be paid to the engagement of supervisors in the transferable skills agenda, discussing ways in which we can involve them more in this process. This interactive workshop, composed of a mixture of PhD candidates and supervisors, is designed to deliver the various elements that make up good PhD supervision in the new global age.
Chair: Elena Golovushkina
Speakers: Martin Lange, Policy Officer, European Commission
Lise Busk Kofoed,Aalborg University, Denmark
Nadia Koltcheva,, New Bulgarian University, Eurodoc Survey Workgroup Coordinator
Yolande van der Veer, Van der Veer Bv

Open Theses

This workshop has several aims: First, it shall provide some background on how the currently ongoing “digital revolution” affects the way PhD projects are being conducted and PhD theses are being written, reviewed, published, archived, disseminated and reused, and what the relative costs and benefits of paper and digital modes are. Second, the session shall provide a practical demonstration of cross-disciplinary and international collaboration via online tools. Third, the session shall be integrated with the poster session taking place in between. To this end, an electronic poster shall be designed beforehand which displays the progress of the competition in real time, starting with some preliminary results and possibly continuing online beyond the duration of the session. Fourth, the workshop shall have a measurable outcome, while still providing for a decent dose of fun. We think that this can be achieved by introducing an element of competition by asking participants in both audiences to collect the metadata (in a standard format, e.g. JSON) of as many PhD theses as they can manage during this time. This goal of a collection of Open Theses metadata (some of which may point to Open content) is reflected in the title of the workshop. The organisers and speakers represent different disciplines, generations and nationalities: Peter Murray-Rust submitted a printed thesis and defended it way before the World Wide Web was started, while the theses of Mathias Klang and Daniel Mietchen are available on the web for everyone to read, reuse and share, subject to the conditions of a Creative Commons licence.
Chair: Daniel Mietchen
Speakers: Peter Murray-Rust, Cambridge University, UK;
Mathias Klang
Alfredo Ferreira