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European Network of Postdoctoral Associations (ENPA)

PdOC is a member of The European Network of Postdoctoral Associations (ENPA) formed in 2016. It brings together postdoctoral associations and individual postdoctoral scientists currently working in Europe.

ENPA aims to:

1) Represent postdoctoral scientists working in Europe, regardless of their nationality;

2) Advocate for the improvement of current working and training conditions;

3) Advocate for better opportunities for career development and progression;

4) Describe, discuss and compare the organisation, objectives, and activities of existing post-doctoral associations/movements;

5) Describe, discuss and compare the integration and career perspectives of postdoctoral researchers and their opinions on science policies at the local and national level. This analysis is based on information we collect through surveys completed by the postdoctoral community;

6) Draft proposal of the best practices regarding the management of postdoctoral researchers to bring to the attention of decision makers.

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Current initiatives - European Postdoc Survey 2017

We have been working since late 2016 towards developing and implementing a European survey on the postdoctoral researchers’ current work situation and career perspectives. This will allows us to raise awareness of the problems that concern researchers at this stage of their career, and to assess differences across Europe.

The survey was live from June 2017 to January 2018. We have received over 900 responses, from postdocs of over 50 different nationalities, currently working in over 30 different European countries!

We are now in the process of analysing the data. We will be sharing the results widely via the national postdoc associations involved in ENPA, and through this website. The results of the survey will also help us to decide what issues we should focus on next.

This activity is being coordinated by the Projects’ Committee of the Postdocs@UC, in collaboration with the Karolinska Institutet Postdoc Association (KIPA), The Postdocs of Cambridge (PdOC) Society, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Postdoctoral Representatives of University of Uppsala, and Postdoctoral Representatives of i3S University of Porto.

 (Last updated 8 February 2018)