young scientists

UNESCO’s free Open Access Curriculum / Self-Directional Learning for young researchers is online!

UNESCO launched a curriculum with self-directional learning (SDL) modules on Open Access (OA) especially for young and early-career researchers (but also for librarians and senior scientists). The OA modules are free to download and can be found here or via the UNESDOC database and is translated in several languages.

PhD positions in Nanostructures for Excellent Young Scientists

PhD positions in Nanostructures

The International Max Planck Research School for Science and Technology of Nanostructures, a joint initiative of the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, the Physics Institute of Halle-Wittenberg University and the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials, is inviting applications for PhD scholarships. The Research School supports excellent young scientists on their way to a PhD degree with a stipend covering all normal living expenses. Participants will be selected on a competitive basis. Successful candidates may expect interesting interdisciplinary research surroundings and additional training in the form of lectures, workshops, laboratory training and special seminars. English is the teaching language in all courses and is also spoken in the laboratories.

For more information please visit:

Fellowships offered by the NAM S&T Centre

The Centre for Science and Technology of the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries (NAM S&T Centre) is currently executing three Fellowship schemes to promote the South-South and North-South cooperation in science and technology;

a) Joint NAM S&T Centre – ZMT Bremen (Germany) Fellowship in Ecology and Biogeochemistry of Tropical Coastal marine Systems

b) Joint NAM S&T Centre – ICCBS (Karachi, Pakistan) Fellowship in Natural Products Chemistry, Drugs and Pharmaceuticals

c) NAM S&T Centre Research Fellowships in Any Scientific Field (Exclusively for the Scientists from the Member Countries of the NAM S&T Centre

This Fellowships schemes aim at supporting the deserving young scientists and researchers in the developing countries to upgrade their academic and research skilss and invites applications from suitable candidates for the year 2010.

Details please visit

Dr. M. Akhyar Farrukh

Young Scientists Training Programs

The APCTP is looking for applicants for the training of young scientists in the Asia-Pacific region on advanced topics of theoretical physics and related areas. As the first stage of the Young Scientist Training Program, the Center solicits applications at the level of postdoctoral fellows in theoretical physics and related fields. Young physicists from member countries, in particular, from South East Asian countries are encouraged to apply.

Email: for further information.


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May 27-28, 2010, Kaunas, Lithuania

Conference topics

1. Hydrogen and fuel cells
2. Renewable energy sources and their use
3. Smart energy networks
4. Energy efficiency and savings
5. Knowledges for energy policy making
6. Investigations in the fields of thermal physics, fluid mechanics and metrology
7. Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies, investigations on multifunction materials
8. Investigations of combustion and plasma processes
9. Global change and ecosystems
10. Fusion energy
11. Nuclear fission and radiation protection


Kaunas, Lithuania

Open Science session accepted for ESOF 2010

Two proposals for the Euroscience Open Forum 2010 have been submitted by Eurodoc and accepted on Nov 10, 2009:
"What would science look like if it were invented today? "
This will be a debate on how new communication tools such as wikis and other collaborative environments, blogs and microblogs can enrich scientific communication, how public post-publication peer review and contribution-based metrics can work. Special focus will be put on how young researchers can benefit from Open Access and Science 2.0 tools.
More information on the topic can be found here.

"New comparable data on young researcher's mobility patterns available: What are the consequences for European Research Policy?"

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?

Open-process academic publishing: Some more comments

This is a comment on Open-process academic publishing, which I have read until here.

-Good framing of the discussion, though at places lacking in references
-On "discussions in comments", see here and here.
-If you do not comment in detail on the "different discursive universe", you might as well shorten or delete that phrase.
-Open-process publishing and reviewing advantages, (1)
--A good reference on the Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics model is here.
-Open-process publishing and reviewing advantages, (3)
--Plagiarism detection already works quite well now, some tools are listed here.
-Open-process publishing and reviewing advantages, (4)
--On speeding up the publication process, see here (my comment).
-Open-process publishing and reviewing advantages, (5)
--The readership and even reputation of open-process publishers may increase, but "journals" in the sense we know them may well cease to exist (in fact, already now there is but one journal — the scientific literature), since the open-process handling of submissions will naturally focus on the article level (as long as these exist) and later perhaps on individual submissions to the global knowledge system, and be this a single wiki edit (e.g. via tools like WikiTrust). On incremental publishing, see here and here and here.

-Internal benefits for journals, general
--given my reservations on the last point, it may be worth considering to exchange the term "journal" for something else in this section (I used "public research environment"), which will obviously affect other aspects of the phrasing
-Internal benefits for journals, (1)
--on the feedback loop between productivity and recognition, see here.
-Internal benefits for journals, (4)
--Karma system in use at Slashdot may be relevant for this section, see here.

-Modular process: stages and states
--These stages fit well with text-based disciplines, but there may be more components (overview here)

Typos and phrasing
-production work . Still,
-John Wilibanks
-what i think ought to done
-publish and perish devaluing model. Model
-argument even more focused that those in an average 8000 paper are
-on whose work the organization relies on
-in-dept texts
(yes, I would like to subscribe)
-or at to have

Implementing Fantasy Science Funding

"Fantasy Science Funding" is an online game played by people with concrete ideas about science funding who are not currently in a position to put these ideas into practice. There are five rules to the game: 1 - choose a funding body whose funds you are managing in your fantasy, 2 - imagine how their funds could be distributed to the benefit of science, 3 - choose areas of science to be "fired" (i.e. whose funding should be decreased with respect to present state), 4 - choose areas of science to be "hired" (where funding should be increased with respect to now), 5 - blog about it.

Previous shindings that I am aware of were hosted by Duncan Hull, Björn Brembs and Cameron Neylon.

Stimulus money realities

The money is coming and yes, the stimulus money is on its way. However, in last week's Science Careers Magazine, there is an article that speaks about the concerns of unstable funding practices. (Please view this link) This week's article on clinicians 'making room for science' is also interesting, as the recent trends in requests for applications (RFAs) for building clinical investigative programs for MDs do not seem to address the fact that there are already plenty of PhDs capable of doing translatable science. Yes, there are the dual MD/PhD programs, whereby trainees work in the clinic and the lab, but if this is the future, then we should also consider that there may be competent PhDs who could also step over the fence into the clinical world. (I have been told that there are a few coursework MS degrees and that the NIH has some classes, but there needs to be more visibility.) While I understand that MDs can bring in reliable funds through their practices (and this is the bread and butter for bringing in a revenue stream), we must ask ourselves where the trainees in the biomedical sciences will go. Yesterday, Dr. Joan Schwartz (Asst. Director of the NIH) came to Yale and presented the campus to a number of grad students. I happened to stop by and ask: after the five year limit of being a postdoc at the NIH, where do the postdocs go? She couldn't tell me... 'there is no centralized mechanism for following our postdocs.' Keep in mind that the NIH has 3800 postdocs and about 10 times less graduate students on campus at any given time.

While I speak from knowing only what is going on in my area of biomedical research, we need to really understand the 'training path to career independence/ and if this model holds for the future. As with speaking with Shawn Lawrence Otto from ScienceDebate2008, the request for money in science is not a wise investment if 80% of the incoming grant money is directed to infrastructure and not the actual science, or those who populate the labs. (For some medical schools, this is indeed the case.) In the case of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA--money resultant from the stimulus), most of the RFAs are aimed at product development; for example "08-CA-107       Bioinformatic pipeline for rapid genomic analysis.  Development of bioinformatics tools  and analytical pipelines that will significantly decrease the amount of time it takes to analyze data from TCGA,  TARGET and other high throughput projects." Indeed, these specific RFAs are aimed at stimulating product creation, which can then be sold to generate revenue. The revenue generated from these activities needs to be partially reinvested in future experiments, which may be more risky, but potentially of high value. The rest of the money needs to be allocated for compensation, maintenance of facilities, diversified investment in other (non-scientific sectors), misc. liquid assets for the group, and finally, savings for building a reserve or endowment. The "seed" science must contribute to something that is of value, as without a sought need, the science on the other side may not be desirable. So what is the "seed" science? The ARRA certainly lays out a framework for this. A critical point of this is the transition from 'public tax payer money' to private company and the inflection point at which this happens/is monitored. In the same way that some have spoken about privatizing gains and socializing losses, we must think about the socializing of pilot, pre-clinical, and risky science and the privatizing of the 'useful/marketable' information, as it is filtered through trials and regulation. In short, to promote sustainable science, the initial funding needs to be directed toward projects are both "seed" science, as well as 'doable' and product/consumable-generating science. In an age of when consumption may not be seen in the best light, we can shift the ways in which full-circle (recycling products back to maker, almost like a lease) consumption takes place.

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

Seen here:

"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!"

Green Talents - The International Forum für High Potentials in Green Technologies

Are You a Green Talent?

In February 2009, the German Federal Ministry of Research and Education has launched an initiative to invite talented young researchers from throughout the world to visit the leading environmental technology location Germany.

The 'Green Talents' competition under the patronage of Research Minister Dr. Annette Schavan addresses excellent young researchers and engineering scientists in the field of environmental technologies to apply for participation in the 'International Forum for High Potentials in Green Technologies'.

The International Forum will take place in August/September 2009. For one week, the selected participants will travel through Germany, visit leading universities, research institutes and companies, gather specific information about research activities on site and learn about the possibilities of cooperating with German partners. Individual meetings with experts and the presentation of their own research will be part of the forum - as well as a cultural program and a meeting with Minister Dr. Annette Schavan as a special highlight.

APPLY NOW for a seat on the Green Talents International Forum, if you want to meet Germany's leading environmental scientists and get to know one of the world's largest technology exporters.

Further information on the competition and an application guideline are provided on the 'Green Talents' website

Please give this information also to other interested persons.

Dr. Marion Mienert, International Bureau of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research; e-mail:

We like to hear your opinion - Eurodoc Survey

Eurodoc is conducting a Europe-wide survey on doctoral researchers in cooperation with the International Centre for Higher Education Research (INCHER) at Kassel University. The survey will be open at least till end of April.
Its topics include qualification requirements, career paths, funding schemes, models of training and supervision, working conditions, expected and achieved results of scientific work and mobility.

This is the first survey of its kind and roughly 100,000 doctoral researchers from the whole of Europe are asked to take part in this study. Be one of them – add your experience to our knowledge and contribute to forming of the European Research Area. We thank you in advance for your valued cooperation. Here is the link

If you are not a European doctoral candidate, you can still help this important project for young researchs - just send the message to all European doctoral candidates you know!