2nd Seminar about HR Excellence in Research award for Polish institutions

On January 18, 2019, at the University of Warsaw Library(BUW), the second edition of the Seminar for institutions applying and implementing the principles related to the distinction EC – HR Excellence in Research was held. The National Contact Point organised the meeting. About 60 participants representing universities, institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences and research institutes participated in it, max. one person was representing the unit. The meeting program was based on new issues related to the implementation of the Charter and Code principles, changes in conducting the process of obtaining the award and basic information related to HRS4R. The speech of dr Andrzej Kurkiewicz, deputy director in the Department of Innovation and Development at the Ministry of Science and Higher Education – “Law 2.0 and the HRS4R Strategy”.
Dr Katarzyna Świerk, Head of the Science Bureau, Plenipotentiary of UG on Open Access to publications and results of scientific research at UG, presented issues related to communication in the HR Excellence in Research process and topics related to Open Access. Dr Anna Stachowiak-Szrejbrowska, Chairwoman of the HR Working Group at the Institute of Plant Genetics, Polish Academy of Sciences, presented the methods of effective implementation of the HRS4R Strategy.
HRS4R coordinator at IUNG-PIB and the EC accessor – dr Monika Kowalik, ran one of five discussion panels entitled “How to effectively promote HR distinction in the internal and the external environment?”. Other groups included the following issues:
• How to prepare and implement an Action Plan?
• How to conduct an internal assessment of the implementation of the Charter and the Code?
• How to enforce the rules of the Charter and the Code systematically?
• How to motivate employees and doctoral candidates of the institution to develop a career?
Summary of the meeting was made by Ms Anna Wiśniewska – a representative of the NCP (KPK).

Open Science Conference 2018 – Brussels

On November 21, 2018, an international conference “Open Science Conference 2018” took place in Brussels. The EC – the Directorate-General for Science and Innovation (DG RTD), the Belgian Federal Office for Science (BELSPO), the authorities of the regions of Wallonia, Flanders and the Central Region of Brussels were organisers of the conference. The theme of the conference was the direction of changes in the policy of the EC and individual member states in the field of Open Science.

Statements by representatives of the European Commission, representatives of the Belgian regions, representatives of France and a panel discussions in which international experts took part (including Belgium, Slovenia, Germany, France and Great Britain) and conference participants gave a picture of opportunities, concerns and actions, which should be urgently undertaken by the EC and MS in the field of Open Science.

The conference also presented examples of good practices in the field of Open Science – tools developed for many years, such as the ORFEO repository (Belgium) and those awaiting implementation as part of the National Open Science Plan – LIBER (France), as well as the results of the pilot project “Mutual Learning exercise “. One of the essential elements of the discussion was the proposal to include Open Science indicators for the evaluation of researchers employed and recruited in the European Research Area as a mandatory element of good practices related to the HR Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) and KE-HR Excellence in Research.

Significant from participating in scientific projects for the future perspective (FP9) is more emphasis on the implementation of Open Science activities by grant recipients, eg. Preparation of Plans – Data Management Plans, dynamic infrastructure development in the field of Open Science and many analyses, e.g. how to stimulate the attractiveness of Open Science among scientists and scientific units (EC Open Science Policy Platform activities). The conference also discussed issues related to the launch of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) platform and the implementation of the FAIR guidelines (Findable – searchable, Accessible – available, Interoperable – interoperable, Reusable – reusable) for the management of test results.

Participation in the conference of the IUNG-PIB representative – dr Monika Kowalik, coordinator for HRS4R, was funded by the BioEcon project.

Essential links regarding Open Science:

CEON Open Science
OpenAIRE

E-tool for HRS4R

All new institutions applying for the  European Commision HR distinction from 15 May 2018, submit applications in electronic form via the official platform of the European Commission – HRS4R E-tool. Institutions that already have the award and provide reports on implementation will get access to the platform in September 2018.

Changes in the procedure of obtaining HR Excellence for Researchers award

From January 2017, the EC changed the rules of applying for the HR logo. The new procedure is the result of discussions with experts in the field of human resources management and representatives of institutions that implemented the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers and received a European award. Consultations with experts have shown that changes are needed to increase the quality and effectiveness of the activities undertaken by the institutions and introduce comparable standards throughout Europe. Read More