In the year 2005 the European Commission (EC) adopted the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. These documents, which are aimed at researchers and organisations employing them, as well as the funding entities in both the public and private sectors, have a primary aim of contributing to the development of an attractive research career where all researchers enjoy the same rights and obligations, regardless of their employment location within the European Union.
The Charter details the functions, responsibilities and rights of researchers, residents and their funding organisations. The goal is to guarantee a working relationship between parties that contributes to success in the generation, transfer and exchange of expertise, and to the professional development of researchers from the early stages. The Code, is a collection of principles and requirements to be followed by residents and patrons, in the employment process of acquiring research personnel.
The Human Resource Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) is an initiative by the European Commission, created to provide support to organisations in the implementation process of the Charter & Code in its practices and policies. The logotype for the “HR Excellence in Research” standard, identifies institutions which have been recognised by the EC as research centres that foster a stimulating work environment and favourable working conditions.
The HRS4R 5-step strategy:
In early 2014, the Catalan research centre association CERCA (Centres de Recerca de Catalunya) and all its member centres, adhered to HRS4R (annex 1). The IMIM, as a CERCA centre, opts for the implementation of the Charter & Code as well as the application of its principles and requirements. With this goal in mind, 2014 also included its receipt of commitment confirmation, its own certification process beginning thereby, towards being recognised with the honour of Human Resources Excellence in Research.
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