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The European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers

Clarisse Faria-Fortecoëf

Eurodoc is an international federation of national associations of PhD candidates and junior researchers from over 30 countries of the European Union and the Council of Europe.

Founded in 2002 and having for headquarters, Brussels, Eurodoc, the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers has for objectives:
  • To represent doctoral candidates and junior researchers at the European level in matters of education, research, and professional development of their careers;
  • to advance the quality of doctoral programmes and the standards of research activity in Europe;
  • to promote the circulation of information on issues regarding young researchers; organize events, take part in debates and assist in the elaboration of policies about Higher Education and Research in Europe;
  • to establish and promote co-operation between national associations representing doctoral candidates and junior researchers within Europe.
Currently (2014), 35 young researchers' organizations or associations are members of Eurodoc. France, for example, is represented by the CJC (Confederation of Young Researchers).

Each year this network organizes its Annual General Meeting and international conference in one of the member countries in partnership with the national association.
In 2014, the event - EURODOC'14 "The position of Early Stage Researchers in ERA (European Research Area) & EHEA (European Higher Education Area) . How to face the challenges ahead?”, - took place on March 28 and 29 in Budapest, Hungary and was jointly organised with the association of Hungarian PhD and DLA students, DOSZ (Doktoranduszok Országos Szövetsége). After Portugal in 2013, Hungary in 2014, Romania was selected to host EURODOC'15 in Cluj-Napoca city, in March 2015.

Eurodoc also has working groups on for example, career development or mobility.

It is important to stress that not only delegates of Eurodoc’s member organizations can participate in the working groups; other members within the national organizations can join as well. Furthermore, you decide for yourself how much you want to be engaged in the working group’s activities. You can propose new projects, be a project manager, contribute to existing projects, give advice, or just share your experience.
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