Researchers’ careers a focus at European science event in Dublin

25 Jul 2011

Career-focused workshops, seminars and other events are to be held for researchers during Europe’s largest science event – ESOF 2012, Euroscience Open Forum – which is coming to Dublin in a year’s time.

They will be the result of a call announced by Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn today for individuals and organisations to propose interactive sessions to advise, inform or support researchers at all career stages.

Proposals are sought under three broad headings: the challenges facing 21st-century researchers; the diversity of careers open to researchers; and international mobility and the global researcher.

The Careers Programme is an integral stream of ESOF 2012, which will attract more than 5,000 scientists, business leaders, government officials and international media to discuss the best of European science and to address all of the major global challenges, including energy, climate change, food and health.

The Careers Programme Committee is chaired by Dr Conor O’Carroll, research director, Irish Universities Association.

“Researchers are driven by curiosity in the quest for new knowledge. Their ability to solve complex problems through critical thinking is a real asset to society and gives access to a wide career path across many employment sectors. The ESOF 2012 Careers Programme will help researchers make informed decisions on their future,” he said.

The call for sessions for the Careers Programme will close at 12pm, 15 September, 2011.

Photo: Ruairi Quinn, TD

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