Weekly update (9th February)

Dear YAE Fellows


In this week’s update you will find information about upcoming events, workshops and activities, along with the usual roadmaps and some interesting reads.  


Membership survey:
With a survey of our membership, we aim to better understand the varied paths and challenges we all face, and to provide input to decision-makers that affect our careers. Answering only takes a few minutes and your input would be very highly appreciated!


Open Data and Open Access workshops:
Our Chair participated last week in two workshops in Brussels, the first one on Open Data (hosted by Swiss Academy of Sciences), with sessions discussing points of view from the Researchers, Publishers, Funding Agencies, Academies, and the European Commission. It was a very informative workshop with detailed information that helps to finalize our #OpenData statement.
The second workshop, on Open Access, was organized by ALLEA and dealt primarily with #OpenAccess, what are the aims, consequences, and what might be the ideal future situation. The discussions and points brought forward helped substantially in shaping the #OpenAccess statement on which we are currently working.
If you want to be involved in shaping these statements, please contact the Chair@yacadeuro.org.
Standing up for Science EU workshops:
Sense about Science is holding a Standing up for Science EU workshop at KoWi, Brussels (Rue du Trône 98, 1050 Ixelles) on Friday 16 March 2018. This FREE full day event is for early career researchers and scientists in all sciences, social sciences, engineering and medicine (PhD students, post-docs or equivalent).


During the workshop, we combine discussion about research-related controversies in public debates with practical guidance and tips for how to deal with the media and politicians. Please find more information and apply here.These workshops are very popular and places are limited. If you are a member of or are funded by any of the VoYS partner organisations (listed on the website), please state on the application – partners hold five priority places for this workshop. For further details, please email Catherine. (catherine@senseaboutscience.org)
Closing date for applications is 9am, Friday 16 February.


Special issue of European Review:
We would like to bring your members attention to a special issue of the European Review which has been published in memory of the late Tom Kibble.  There are contributions to this special edition by our very own YAE members all of which can be accessed here: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/european-review/volume/F747C1D9D21918A5DBCD53E365DFE6D5


Seminar on Academic Freedom and the Protection of Academics at Risk:
This seminar will be taking place on February the 15th at the Sala Polivalent, Mercè Rodoreda Building on the Campus Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Ramon Trias i Fargas 25-27, Barcelona.  Since their creation, universities have promoted critical thinking, debate and dissent. Academic freedom is a core value of higher education, yet it is having two main problems: lack of discussion in the international arena and severe threats to its practice both in democratic countries and authoritarian countries with different levels of repression. Departing from these two premises, we believe that holding a seminar on the concept, challenges and practices of academic freedom in the world is essential, as well as discussing and finding ways of promoting higher education values and help those academics at risk at their institutions of origin. Academic freedom needs to be a priority on the agenda of higher education and a clear definition of the concept needs to be adopted so that threats to its practice can be investigated, well-recorded and fought worldwide. Academic freedom is both a right and an obligation in higher education institutions, and institutions have the obligation to foster solidarity among each other when academic freedom is under attack, because as Judith Butler affirms “universities… are not islands in a sea of parallel universities”. Academic freedom must not be taken for granted since not only is essential for the wellbeing and well-functioning of HEIs, but also for the societies in which the latter operate.


Interesting reads


  • Work-life balance survey 2018: long hours take their toll on academics


  • Success rates, per subject Horizon 2020


  • Let’s move beyond the rhetoric: it’s time to change how we judge research


Notification of roadmaps


  • Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union


  • Fisheries and Aquaculture


  • Taxation
  • Customs
  • External Relations
  • Foreign and Security Policy and Defence


  • Economic and Financial Affairs


  • Trans-European Networks
  • Transport


  • Environment
  • Culture
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Trade
  • Internal Market
  • Regional Policy
  • Communication
  • Development
  • Enlargement
  • External Relations
  • Foreign and Security Policy and Defence
  • Public Health
  • Research and Technology
  • Justice and Fundamental Rights
  • Climate Action
  • Trans-European Networks
  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Employment and Social Affairs
  • Food Safety
  • Enterprise
  • Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union
  • Education
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Transport
  • Energy
  • Sport
  • Home Affairs