Panel 2. Indicators on careers


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Wednesday, 2nd of September, 15.15-16.30.


Chair: Sybille Hinze, IFQ, Berlin.

  • Sophie Biesenbender, IFQ Berlin, The effects of mobility and employment conditions on career progression of researchers in Europe.
  • Carolina Cañibano, INGENIO [CSIC-UPV], Valencia, Scientific career phases and the mobility of European researchers. Download pdf
  • Chiara Franzoni, Polytechnic of Milan, Monitoring international mobility: recent approaches. The example of GloBSci. Download pdf
  • Monica Gaughan, Arizona State University, The impact of origin and timing of scientific immigration to the United States on scientific careers. Download pdf
  • Aldo Geuna, University of Turin, International careers of researchers in biomedical sciences: A comparison of the USA and the UK. Download pdf

Human resources are essential for the development of national and international science system(s). Promoting research careers is high on the agenda of national and international science policy actors. However, internationally comparable research career structures are lacking and little is known about researchers’ careers in an internationally comparative perspective. Despite best efforts, a monitoring system that provides internationally comparable data and indicators about research careers does not yet exist. To date information on researchers’ careers is mainly collected on a national, institutional or organisational level, without a common homogenised standard. Only recently some projects aiming at harmonising future studies on researchers’ careers have been initiated. The situation is similar when it comes to specific factors perceived to be influential on researcher careers such as researcher’s mobility. To date we still lack consensus on how to measure and operationalize “mobility” (Cañibano et al., 2011); consequently, even though researcher mobility has been the subject of many studies, its effects on researcher careers have not yet been sufficiently and satisfactorily addressed.

Based on the presenting evidence from different studies on researcher mobility the panel sets out to address these methodological drawbacks and discuss potential options to overcome them such as the development of a theoretical framework which could enable the systematic transnational comparison of data by harmonising and integrating available datasets.