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This Communication is deeply embedded in the implementation of the European Research Area and of its requirement to develop and enhance the human resource potential of European research. It aims to analyse the different elements which characterise the profession and defines the various factors which condition the development of researchers� careers at European level, namely: the role and nature of research training, the differences in recruitment methods, the contractual and budgetary dimension, and, finally, the evaluation mechanisms and the progress perspectives within the career.

The Communication reveals structural weaknesses as well as marked differences concerning each of these elements, but also draws attention to a number of examples of good practice at national level and demonstrates that initiatives are being launched in several countries in order to alleviate the effects of the differences. It proposes a series of practical initiatives in order to foster dialogue between the different stakeholders at European level, and aims to launch a series of specific actions aimed at providing a better overall co-ordination of efforts in favour of the recognition of the researcher�s profession.

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Record Number: 5007 / Last updated on: 2003-07-22
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