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The mobility of academic researchers - academic careers & recruitment in ICT and biotechnology: a joint JRC/IPTS and ESTO study



The mobility of researchers is an important component of the strategy to build a European Research area. The present report was commissioned by the European Parliament Committee on Industry, External Trade, Research and Energy (ITRE). The study looks at how the issue of a period abroad affects the future career paths of young researchers. It aims to identify features of emerging best practice to encourage a free and even circulation of scientific talent around the European Union and beyond. In particular it looks at the triggers and barriers to return mobility as they affect individual researchers and their research centres. Specifically the research looked at into the factors that condition the return of young researchers in the area of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Biotechnology after a period spent abroad.

The study found that the outward-bound mobility of young researchers is already quite high, but the move back to the home country raises many issues of concern to research policy, because the pathway back is by no means assured, due to institutional rigidities and a lack of transparency in the home country. The key finding is that mobility schemes must be integrated with attempts to build up the attractiveness of research in the home regions as well. Mobility schemes oriented only towards the individual researcher or the research project may actually exacerbate problems of brain drain and brain waste..

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Authors: CASEY T ET AL, JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Seville (ES)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19905 EN (2001), pp. 62. Euro: Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9843 or +39 033278 9864 Fax: +39 033278 9623 E-mail:
Record Number: 200214244 / Last updated on: 2002-01-15
Original language: en
Available languages: en