with Focus Research
The vast majority of early-career researchers (ECRs) must continue their professional career outside of academia and therefore, governments and universities continue to invest in the development of high quality doctoral training and career development services. However, many ECRs continue to feel ill-prepared for this transition from academic to non-academic working environments. This year’s conference will focus on career development of young researchers and the role they can/should play in innovation and sustainable entrepreneurship within the wider society.
Our aim is to empower young researchers to actively develop their career perspectives, foster an entrepreneurial mindset and encourage them to focus on sustainable innovation. Our main objectives are:
During the conference we will therefore:
Throughout the conference, we also pay special attention to the regional differences in Belgium (Wallonia — Flanders). Interestingly, doctoral training and career development services are organised somewhat differently within the Belgian landscape as a result of different funding strategies by the regional governments, despite a considerable overlap in vision and strategy. By bringing together universities, policy makers and young researchers, our conference aims to facilitate synergistic collaborations between all.
All attendants are therefore encouraged to act as ambassadors for their fellow colleagues in order to ensure that future actions will be developed between different universities, sectors and European member states with a considerable boost of peer-to-peer activities and grassroots initiatives.
#1: PhD as a Driving Force for Sustainable Innovation (4 speakers)
#2: Inspirational round table discussions (12 tables)
#3: Activating Career Development and Support (4 speakers)
#4: Valorising a PhD for Industry and Society (4 speakers)
#5: Entrepreneurship for Leaders and Start-Ups (4 speakers)