Please find the latest statement by LuxDoc on doing PhD projects in an industrial environment in Luxembourg. Please feel free to comment on Facebook or to contact us directly with your feedback.

 

With the success of last year's event, LuxDoc again joined hands with Entente des Associations de Donneurs de Sang Bénévoles (The Luxembourgish Association of Blood Donors) to promote the blood donation campaign on the International Blood Donor Day which was on 14th of June 2013. This year the association wished to enter the Guinness Book of Records by setting up a mosaic wall of 14.000 magnets. The event was held at Place Guillaume II (Knuedler) in town. Campaign booth was setup to inform people about the importance of donating blood and also to answer their questions.
 
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LuxDoc members, 2 teams of 5 in 2 different shifts, joined with members of the Luxembourgish Association of Blood Donors to build the magnetic wall starting from 9 AM till 5PM. LuxDoc members were also running around the city centre, tourist attractions in fancy blood drop costumes to distribute flyers (and balloons to kids) and to pull the crowd to the event venue. We also attracted many tourists  who took pictures with us J.
 
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In the evening, representatives of Luxembourg parliament, Miss Luxembourg, Miss & Mr. Portugal graced the event positioning the final magnets to finish the wall. Altogether, the event turned out as a great success which was celebrated with a ceremony, serving cake and refreshments, at the end. Adding to this, there were quite a number of people who registered themselves as new blood donors satisfying the ultimate purpose. If you haven’t had the chance to come to the event and you would like to rescue lives, just go to the web page of the Luxembourgish Red Cross and register as a new blood donor. It's never late now and its always better late than never!!
LuxDoc is proud to be a part of this exciting event contributing ourselves a helping hand for making a better society. We also take the chance to show our gratitude to the Red Cross as some of our members use blood from the Red Cross for their research activities.

Statement by eurodoc

Best practice of employee status for PhDs in the Netherlands threatened

Eurodoc is greatly concerned about new developments indicating that the employee status of PhD candidates in the Netherlands is no longer secure. At the University of Groningen, a group of scholarship-funded PhD candidates were given student status by the university. This group, along with the trade union Abvakabo FNV, filed a lawsuit against the university of Groningen in order to acquire employee status. The court of appeals in Leeuwarden has now overturned an earlier ruling and ruled in favour of the university, classifying the scholarship-funded PhD candidates as students.

This is the first time that a judge in the Netherlands has ruled that certain PhD candidates are not employees of the university. Earlier cases at the University of Amsterdam and Utrecht University have always resulted in rulings in favour of the PhD candidates, reaffirming their status as employees.

Eurodoc has viewed the employee status of PhD candidates in the Netherlands as a European best practice example since 2005. In the European Charter for Researchers, the European Commission states that early stage researchers, among which doctoral candidates, should be recognized as professionals, and be treated accordingly. The provision of employment contracts to PhD candidates that provide employee benefits such as parental leave, pension rights, sick pay, and unemployment benefits enhances the attractiveness of research careers within Europe. This is necessary to recruit and retain high quality researchers, and to encourage more young people to pursue a career in research. In alignment with the European University Association, as stated in the Salzburg II recommendations, Eurodoc has continuously promoted the professional status of PhD candidates.

Eurodoc explicitly expresses its strong concern that the ruling that classifies certain PhD candidates in the Netherlands as students might lead to crowding out of employee PhDs by student PhDs for financial reasons. This would be a setback for the Dutch system and could prevent progress towards a professional status for doctoral candidates in other European countries .

Eurodoc urges Dutch politicians to protect PhD candidates by enshrining their employee status in law with a guarantee of equal social-security rights for all PhD candidates independent of how their doctoral training is funded.

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On April 17, 2013, LuxDoc had the great opportunity to have a guided tour of the first temporary exhibition of the Musée Dräi Eechelen (Musée des Trois Glands or M3E) in 2013. The topic was “Identities in Luxembourg” and showed results of the very successful research project IDENT (Identités socio-culturelles et politiques identitaires au Luxembourg) active from 2007 to 2011.
 
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The concept "My home is my castle" aimed on showing the complexity of identities within a familiar environment: the exhibition was thought like a house and each room showed another part of identity. The exhibition guided the visitor through the various forms and changes of identities starting at the concept of "nation" through "space", "language" or "body" to "gender" and "values".  LuxDoc had the great privilege to be guided through the exhibition by the two curators: Sonja Kmec and Gianna Thommes.