Phd position in inorganic chemistry annouced by bonn university

Bonn university,institute of inorganic chemistry have offered the phd positions. These positions are for one year initial appointment which are extendable to four years. students will be evaluated by their previous educaitonal recoerds.apply with detailed cv along with the summary of master thesis. for further information visit the following web link.

Sought: Candidates for European Young Researchers' Award

I think that awards should start to recognize that research is a collaborative endeavour and not always single out individuals. At the Early Career Stage that this award targets, it is practically impossible to differentiate between the top 10% (or so) of candidates -- what criteria would you use when the only simple metrics available are at the level of journals and articles and most of the few pieces published in there have been the work of many, including the candidate? Web-native metrics like karma systems (e.g.

Eurodoc 2010 - Stocktaking and Prospects: Doctoral Training and Research – the Link between Europen Higher Education and European Research Areas

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The annual conference of Eurodoc, the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers provides a unique framework for young researchers to meet with European political and economical leaders and to engage in fruitful discussions on the construction of the European Research and Higher Education Areas. The conference is open for the general public, in particular all young researchers and policy makers are encouraged to participate.

Eurodoc 2010 will be embedded in a series of high-level events around the Bologna-Process Ministerial Summit. 150 to 200 young researchers and policy makers from more than 32 European countries are expected come to Vienna to engage in fruitful discussions and to work on recommendations for the future of research training beyond 2010.


Vienna University of Technology
Karlsplatz 13
Wien, WIE, 1010
48° 11' 55.8024" N, 16° 22' 11.2224" E

ESOF 2010 Proposal on Science 2.0

Next Euroscience Open Forum will take place on 2 to 7 of July, 2010 in Torino, Italy. I think it is the ideal forum to talk also about new science communciation tools.

That why I am proposing here a session on young researchers and Science 2.0. for the Career Programme of ESOF 2010.

We still need include names of interested experts to join the discussions with Second Life, Friendfeed or similar services in the proposal. The deadline for proposals for ESOF is September, 30.

The exact time within the frame of 2-7. July 2010 will be fixed later, taking into account the availabilities of the participants. It will be an one hour session. So is anybody interested to join the discussions?

Watch a PhD defense online on Tuesday May 19th 4 p.m. Pacific Time

Next Tuesday at 4pm PT, Darren Begley is going to defend his PhD thesis on the initiation and implementation of fragment-based screening methods by NMR spectroscopy. What's special about this is that you can follow the event online at his lab's video channel.

A great idea, and good luck, Darren! 

For further discussion on the event, see the entry at Friendfeed, copied below.

New Eurodoc board elected - Eurodoc 2009 outcomes.

The Eurodoc 2009 conference

Innovations in Europe: From Academia to Practice and Back

annual Eurodoc conference took place from March 26 till March 28, 2009
in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia. This major European gathering of young
researchers and policy makers was co-organised by ADS, the Slovak
Association of Doctorands, and SKRVŠ, the Czech Association of Doctoral
Eurodoc is the voice of doctoral candidates and young
researchers in Europe; it is a permanent partner of the European
Commission with regard to the European Research Area and the European
Higher Education. This year’s event was of significant importance since
for the first time in Eurodoc’s existence it was held in one of the new
member states of the European Union. The subject of this year’s
conference was ‘Innovations in Europe: From Academia to Practice and

Keynote speakers were the Slovak Republic’s Deputy Prime Minister for
Knowledge-Based Society Dušan Čaplovič, the General Director of the
Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic Peter Plavčan, the Deputy
Director-General of the DG Research of the European Commission Anneli
Pauli and Jean-Patrick Connerade, Emiritus Professor of the Imperial
College in London and well-known expert on the field of higher
education and research.
The Eurodoc delegates and other
participants discussed - during roundtables and workshops - policy
recommendations on ‘Doctoral Programmes in Europe – Their Role in a
Knowledge-Based Economy’, ‘Fostering Cooperation Between University and
Industry’, ‘Success Stories of Intersectorial Mobility - Doctoral
Candidates’ Views’, ’Lisbon Strategy and Innovation Policy within the
EU’ and ’The Role of Universities in the Innovative Economy’. The
conference finished with a plenary session in which also the impact of
the current world wide economic crisis on the funding of education and
research was discussed.  
The most important conclusion of the
conference is that in order to reach the Lisbon and Bologna aims
'action' is needed. The Member States and the institutions were
provided with a theoretical framework. It is up to them to put theory
into practice. However until now little of these improvements have been
implemented; only small steps have been taken and this in a fragmented
and random way. In order to achieve the aims of the Lisbon/Bologna
process, political will, political pressure and funding is needed.
is determined to contribute to this process by, amongst others,
developing practical policies that can easily be adopted and
implemented like its ’Five Principles and Recommendations towards a
More Open European Labour Market for Researchers’.  

Moreover, to
make policy on doctoral researchers work, policy makers should know
what young researchers think and want. Thus it is of the utmost
importance that policy makers on all levels (local, regional, national,
and international) involve young researchers when drafting and
implementing policies that affect these young reseachers. This
conference re-assured the status of Eurodoc as key partner and main
voice of young researchers on the European level. Therefore we call on
the European Union to grant Eurodoc an even stronger position within
the the ERA and EHEA.  
The next Eurodoc Conference will take place
in Vienna on March 11-15, 2010. The conference theme will be
“Stocktaking and Prospects: Doctoral Training and Research – the Link
between EHEA and ERA”.   


The Eurodoc Annual General Meeting 2009
Banská Bystrica, Slovakia

the General Assembly, which took place directly after the annual
Eurodoc conference in Banská Bystrica (SK) a new Eurodoc board was
elected. The new President of Eurodoc is Nikola Macharová, doctoral
candidate at Nitra, Slovak Republic. Nikola, coming from a position in
the Slovak Doctorands Association’s board, is working on her doctoral
thesis on "Life Long Learning in Management of Cultural Institutions". 

The composition of the newly elected Board is the following: 
• President: Nikola Macharová (Slovakia) 
• Vice president: Nadia Koltcheva (Bulgaria) 
• Secretary: Elena Xeni (Cyprus) 
• Treasurer: Darius Köster (France) 
• General Board Member: Ing-Marie Ahl (Sweden) 
• General Board Member: Zaza Nadja Lee Hansen (Denmark) 
• General Board Member: Sverre Lundemo (Norway) 
most important aim of this year's Eurodoc board will be the
strengthening of the position of Eurodoc as well-recognised stakeholder
in the European Research Area and the European Higher Education Area by
representing the voice of Europe’s doctoral candidates and young
researchers. The General Assembly showed resolve by taking up a
resolution to the board to aim at the harmonisation of doctoral
programs across Europe. 
Currently, Eurodoc is conducting what can
be considered the most elaborate survey until now on the situation of
young researchers in Europe. The results will be presented at the
Eurodoc Conferece in 2010. Furthermore, the General Assembly agreed to
make a strong statement to claim the importance of investing into the
future by investing in education and research, also and especially in
times of economic crisis. 
The relevance of Eurodoc and of the
community it represents was witnessed by the increasing recognition of
young researchers as core stakeholders and partners in policy debates
and actions at the national and European level during the last period,
and is expected to rise significantly over the next years. 
next General Assembly will take place right after the Eurodoc
Conference on “Stocktaking and Prospects: Doctoral Training and
Research – the Link between EHEA and ERA”. It will take place in Vienna
on March 11-15, 2010.

Ten blogs by young scientists worth a look

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"Becoming a Doctor of Philosophy, more commonly called PhD is a great challenge. It requires from a PhD student several years to be achieved and great dedication to obtain results and present them to the rest of the community. Obviously, it is worth it since what is at stake is the improvement of the knowledge in its field and being an active part of progress. In addition, being a PhD student means that one enters a prestigious university and lab and benefits from highly skilled people (namely tutors, professors). These very people who will be able to discuss, orientate and help the student on its way to PhD.

Because a PhD student isn’t that easy everyday, we have made a selection of PhD students blogs -but not only-that might result helpful. As it is shown in the great picture above, the ambition of a PhD may well decrease as years go by, or at least it is what a student can feel. Consequently, we hope you will have a nice and enlightening time reading and/or re-discovering them. Let’s get started!"

A tool for visualizing core concepts

Just played around a bit with Wordle, a tool that can generate text-based graphics like this one which represents the core concepts of my PhD thesis.

Eurodoc Workshop: Valorisation of the Doctorate. Rennes, France

19/11/2008 14:00
19/11/2008 18:50
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We cordially invite you to come to the Eurodoc Workshop on "Valorisation of the Doctorate" on November 19 from 14-19h.

The workshop continues Eurodoc's efforts to strengthen the recognition of doctoral degrees in the private and public sectors as much as in academia. This with a view to easing transsectorial mobility and raising awareness among employers of the particular skills doctoral graduates have.

The workshop will also address mentoring as a way of improving doctoral graduates' integration and competitive position in the private and public sectors as much as in academia, as part of the ongoing work on a Eurodoc mentoring policy. A parallel session will be dedicated to the Eurodoc Survey project.

Please see the preliminary programme
for more information. To register, please send an email to before 14/11/2008

Science contest: Dance your PhD

It does not matter whether you have just started working on your PhD, finished it recently or decades ago - the main requirements are that you post a record of you conveying some aspects of your PhD thesis by dancing. For details, see here .

Why did you do your PhD - an interview with Larry Sanger, co-founder of Wikipedia and founder of Citizendium

The German network of PhD candidates and Postdocs, Thesis, publishes (in German) a quarterly journal, THESE, on doctoral and postdoctoral matters, mainly in Germany. For the autumn 2008 issue, I conducted an interview with philosopher Larry Sanger whose postdoctoral activities on the organization of knowledge in projects like Wikipedia, Citizendium and WatchKnow, will certainly be of interest to knowledge workers beyond Germany, and thus an advance online version of the interview is given here.

Why did you do your PhD, what does this have to do with your current activities, would you do it again?

I did my Ph.D. because I have wanted to earn a living as a philosopher since I was about 17 years old. Until I finished my M.A. I thought I would become a philosophy professor; then I became disillusioned with academia in a way that I imagine is pretty typical. I decided to finish my Ph.D. simply because I was so close to doing so, and just in case I changed my mind.

Having gone through the entire academic credentialing process has helped my career and current activities in many ways. It has acquainted me with the nature and justification of editorial and academic standards, and that has proven to be invaluable in leading reference work projects. I think having specialized in philosophy and in epistemology in particular, as well as in philosophy of law, also has helped me to articulate and defend the particular approach I have to collaborative knowledge production. Of course, the mere degree itself has opened doors and made me seem more credible to some of the people I've been trying to organize.

I would certainly do it again. But I might also have taken a few years off and gotten a B.A. or M.S. in Computer Science as well.

Why should PhD candidates and PhD holders contribute to Citizendium, as opposed to other online encyclopedic projects (Wikipedias, Knol, Encyclopedia of Earth, Scholarpedia, Larousse etc)?

There are many potential reasons why an academic might want to contribute to the Citizendium. I believe most do so because they find its unique mission compelling. What do I mean by that? It is the only project in existence with its configuration of qualities. On the one hand, it is a general, open content encyclopedia, fully collaborative, and open to public contribution. On the other hand, we make a general oversight role for experts, and we require real names. This unique combination of policies appeals to those who understand and appreciate the benefits and potential of Wikipedia, but who also understand the drawbacks of Wikipedia's particular system.

In short, the Citizendium may be, currently, the world's best hope for summing up knowledge both freely and credibly in one place. Other projects, such as Knol, Encyclopedia of Earth, and so forth, all have their good points, but they also all have a variety of drawbacks. Perhaps the largest drawback of the other academic-led projects is that very few of them are robustly collaborative. While I can't take the time here to explain my arguments for this, I think that collaboratively produced encyclopedia articles can be far superior to what is produced by individuals. So, while time will tell, I think the Citizendium holds the greatest promise; insofar as others agree with me, they naturally want to be part of something that is so world-changing and so important to spreading knowledge of their fields.

What about non-English sections? And would Citizendium be affected by the recently revised peer review policy at the German Wikipedia?

I'm not able to speak to the revised peer review policy at the German Wikipedia. My understanding is that they are not really engaging in peer review, but making sure that there is not abuse in revisions made by the newest contributors. Simply checking that edits are not vandalism addresses a different problem. It is obviously very far from anything like robust expert involvement or credible peer review.

We do hope to expand into other languages, including German, but it is more than a big enough challenge to get the English Citizendium off the ground very well at this time. The real difficulty will be to find people who will lead the new projects, in other languages, on a full-time basis. We might end up simply announcing a sort of rough franchise of the idea of the Citizendium.

What are the long-term perspectives of integrating encyclopedic projects (which generally operate a "no original research" policy) with scholarly wikis, e.g. of the OpenWetWare type?

I have given that quite a bit of thought, and for a long time I thought that it would be both possible and desirable to pool forces, somehow. Having tried to start the Citizendium as a fork of Wikipedia, however, has given me insight into the special difficulties of incompatible editorial policies and very different communities, or editorial processes. The most profound discovery I think I have made is that content deeply encodes editorial policy, and for that reason it is extremely difficult if not impossible to merge projects that have very different or incompatible editorial policies. But even small differences in editorial policies can have huge effects. So my hopes are not high for usefully combining content projects online, generally. One has only to look at and other search and reference aggregators, and one gets a sense of what the problem is.

We are, of course, open to people porting content from dormant content projects, but, as you can well imagine, we are not really interested in changing our own editorial policies to make a wholesale merger happen. So any proposal we (or others) might make about a content merger would simply be an invitation to close down their shop and adapt their content to our system. Few if any people will be able to take such an invitation seriously, at least not until we are more credible.

What seems more possible is that content sources might populate Citizendium subpages--pages where you can find different kinds of reference information about a topic.

Citizendium has also launched an educational initiative, Eduzendium. Considering that young researchers near the completion of their PhD are often involved, in overlapping or adjacent periods, with both the student and the teaching side of coursework, is there something special that they might gain from or offer to this project?

Eduzendium has already been successfully demonstrated to be a very innovative, interesting assignment for university students. The task of crafting an excellent, broad introduction to a topic might be easy and boring to the instructor, but to students--especially advanced students—it presents exactly the sort of challenge from which they can learn most. In addition, students whose work is displayed publicly tend to do their best; and they are also sometimes helped by Citizendium authors and editors. You might have heard of instructors assigning work on Wikipedia for college credit. Eduzendium is similar, but we have many, many more topics that are completely open; and our community is far better behaved. In some ways it is a superb venue for public, collaborative writing by advanced students.

Intructors use Eduzendium in a few different ways. For example, you can assign students specific topics, or you can assign groups (or the whole class) work on a topic. It is quite adaptable and I would strongly encourage your readers to give it a try! You will benefit, and by giving free content to the whole world, many others will benefit along with you.

A good occasion for that would be our Write-a-thons on the first Wednesday of each month or the Workgroup Weeks, starting with Biology Week from September 22-28.