The Eurodoc 2015 conference will take place in Cluj-Napoca (Romania), between April 27th and 28th.

The theme for this year's conference is "Empowering Young Researchers in Europe: Engagement and Participation", and it will bring together representatives from several NGOs across Europe to discuss what they are doing to support early stage researchers.

Among others, Eurodoc member organizations will present the work they are doing on behalf of and for early stage researchers. The presentations will focus on their priorities, initiatives and cooperation with relevant stakeholders in the national higher education and research systems.

Please see also the conference programme here.

Apart from Eurodoc member organizations, researchers, members of other NGOs and all those interested in the topic are most welcome to attend the conference. Please feel free to forward this email also to other interested individuals or organizations.

After a first contribution of LuxDoc on the career perspectives of young researchers (article in forum October 2013 by Anne Franziskus, Conny Reichling and Lucie Waltzer), Christiane Kirsch and Lukas Graf have recently published an article, entitled "Precarious Perspectives for Young Researchers: Luxembourg's Labor Law Restricts Development of Knowledge Society", in "forum" (January 2015, edition 347, pp. 17-19).

You can find the pdf under the link http://bit.ly/15ypewW or download it here.

An additional article on the career perspectives of young researchers in Luxembourg was published by Christiane Kirsch and Lukas Graf in Luxemburger Wort on February 7, 2015. You can download it here.

LuxDoc has started the first PhD mentoring program in the country. The idea is to create a support network among PhD candidates, like they already exist in many European countries. The aim of such programs is to ease some of the challenges that are usually faced during a PhD. Among them: I am doing a PhD, now what?, how do I manage my time wisely?, where can I find support?, how do I stay motivated and focused?, how do I manage the relationship with my supervisor, or supervision committee?
 

A diffused feeling is that of being the only one facing such challenges. But, this is usually not the case! And it doesn't need to be this way! Through mentoring, PhD candidates can meet, share information with each other, and acquire the necessary skills and tools in order to make their journey less lonely and stressful and establish themselves in the academic world.

We have received much feedback on our initial ideas from you. Thank you very much for this. As a consequence we believe that group-based sessions might be more interesting and relevant to your needs. By this, we mean a group of young researchers, more or less advanced in their PhD journey, who come together to discuss their problems and share their solutions, or find new ones. Each group would be facilitated by the presence of a discussion leader, a more experienced PhD candidate (or eventually a Post-Doc). The leader would be a trained mentor, and as such be able to guide the meeting in a constructive and meaningful way: to discuss topics relevant to the participants. The sessions would be preferably held in the vicinity of your professional location (e.g., Kirchberg, Limpertsberg, Walferdange, Belval).

Now we need your participation! In order to identify your interest for such sessions and your preferred locations to hold them , we'd like to hear from you. Let us know whether you would be interested in participating, and where you would prefer the meeting to be held. Also, tell us if you would be interested in organizing and guiding such meetings, of course with our support and training. Last, but not least, contact us if you have any other question or feedback.

Please fill in the Google Form at the following link!
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1AT9dekk2xQQxUqgsjT5h8VYTPhn7VDOOD4SHWp3vrCU/viewform

We're looking forward to hearing from you!

Dear all,

we kindly invite you to this year's General Assembly that will take place on December 5 at 6 PM at the "Chambre de Commerce du Luxembourg" (the room is to be defined).

People who wish to apply for a position in the committee may do so until November 30 2014, 8 PM via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note that only members of LuxDoc are eligible to become a member of the committee. This means that if you aren't a member yet, but would like to apply for the committee, you have to get your membership before the general assembly starts. All candidates are invited to state in a few words why they wish to become a member of the committee. Furthermore, they will be required to introduce themselves shortly during the General Assembly.

For members interested in applying for the committee, please read the document below for more information about available positions.

LuxDoc committee positions

After the GA, we intend to organize a dinner at the Restaurant "Porta Nova" in Limpertsberg for those interested! It is located at 14, Avenue de la Faïencerie, L-1510 Luxembourg.

If you want to join the dinner, please register via the doodle link below as soon as possible and latest until December 4, 12 o'clock.

http://doodle.com/pa4eg3xnpmmcpyn6

We are looking forward to seeing you in December.

Best regards,

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