CAREER TRAJECTORIES DOCTORATE HOLDERS MAPPED
The European Science Foundation (ESF) and its new science services division Science Connect, have launched a new career tracking survey of doctorate holders. The survey has already started, collecting over 1800 responses to date. Outcomes will be released in June 2017.
Universities and non-university-based research performing organisations, as well as research funding organisations all want to understand and document the career trajectories of doctorate holders. This helps them to assess the impact of investment in research career development and to analyse practices aimed at the development of research careers.
The new ESF’s career tracking survey is a step in that direction, building on its long-standing work in supporting research careers. In the Netherlands, the University of Maastricht is involved in the assessment.
The survey builds on the results of the ESF Member Organisation Forum. It also builds on recommendations by the European Commission’s Expert Group on the Research Profession on ‘Excellence, Equality and Entrepreneurialism’.