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European Charter for Researchers
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European Charter for Researchers

The European Commission has adopted a European Charter for Researchers and a Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. These two documents, addressed to researchers as well as to employers and funders in both the public and private sectors, are key elements in the European Union's policy to make research an attractive career, which is a vital feature of its strategy to stimulate economic and employment growth.
Giving individual researchers the same rights and obligations wherever they may work throughout the European Union should help counter the fact that research careers in Europe are fragmented at local, regional, national or sectoral level, and allow Europe to make the most of its scientific potential.
In particular, the European Charter for Researchers addresses the roles, responsibilities and entitlements of researchers and their employers or funding organisations. It aims at ensuring that the relationship between these parties contributes to successful performance in the generation, transfer and sharing of knowledge, and to the career development of researchers.
The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers aims to improve recruitment, to make selection procedures fairer and more transparent and proposes different means of judging merit: Merit should not just be measured on the number of publications but on a wider range of evaluation criteria, such as teaching, supervision, teamwork, knowledge transfer, management and public awareness activities.

POLAND - Declarations of endorsement of Charter & Code


- December 2012: professor Bogdan Wolko, Director of the IPG PAS signed the declaration of endorsement of Charter & Code []. The implementation process has started.
- April 2013: the HR Working Group for the Charter & Code has been appointed. The committee comprised 11 people: P. Kachlicki, Z. Zwierzykowski, A. Kosmala, G. Koczyk, T. Pniewski, M. Jędryczka, B. Naganowska, M. Błoch-Przybylska, M. Kaczmarek, J. Strakowska, A. Stachowiak-Szrejbrowska. The first step of the implementation was to analyze to what extent the existing practices at the IPG PAS are in line with the provisions of the Charter and the Code. Therefore, all the principles and requirements arising from the provisions of the Charter and Code have been analyzed for their implementation at the IPG PAS.
- June 2013: a questionnaire was elaborated and sent to all researchers and PhD students (June 2013). Next, results of previous steps have been summarized.
- December 2014: the HR Working Group prepared a report on the Internal Gap Analysis and the Action Plan in order to incorporate the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers.

On January 20, 2014 the Institute of Plant Genetics of the Polish Academy of Sciences was awarded the prestigious ?HR Excellence in Research? logo for the implementation of the provisions of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. By implementing the Charter and Code, the IPG PAS fosters international collaboration and contributes to development of an open and attractive European labour market for researchers.

Our Institute is the fourth institution in Poland which has the right to use the 'HR Excellence in Research' logo. The other three institutions are the Foundation for Polish Science, the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology and the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw.