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The EURAXESS Tour Bus

EURAXESS, the support service for mobile European researchers, launched the “EURAXESS – Researchers in Motion Roadshow” on Monday at the European Commission in Brussels.  The Roadshow will visit 29 European cities in 22 countries during March and April (a full list of dates and venues is at the end of this article).

The tour will promote the EURAXESS initiative and distribute information and support to researchers working as foreign nationals in a European country, or those who are considering moving abroad.

The EURAXESS website hosts a comprehensive job portal, and recognizes that finding a job is just the first step for successful time working abroad.  Through a network of over 260 Service Centres in 40 countries EURAXESS offers support on details such as local working regulations, taxation, and social security.  The centres also offer advice on the more personal side of life abroad such as accommodation, language studies and schooling for children.

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“The bureaucracy and administration in each country are not easy deal with”, said Viktoria, co-ordinator of the Czech network for five years and now the North American representative.  “We were fighting with the ministry of external affairs in the Czech Republic to implement a scientific visa for non-Europeans.  It’s been a long journey, but we managed to do it, and it is much easier now for researchers to come without submitting so many papers to the embassy.”  She accompanied many researchers to the embassy in person to help them complete and sign the papers, which are all in Czech.

Research is one of the most mobile professions

She has also distributed more unconventional advice.  Some contacts have never left their home countries so they need extra help in deciding what to bring with them.  For example some locations in India experience temperatures of 45°C throughout the year, whereas during winter in Prague a temperature of -15°C is more likely.  “We told them to stick their hand in the freezer for a while”.

Nives, a Croatian post-doctoral researcher at the University of Liege said “It’s every researcher’s dream to study and work abroad.  They should make use of EURAXESS’ services”.

You can follow the EURAXESS Roadshow on their Facebook page and join them at the follow dates and locations:

Tuesday, 4th March Brussels/BE Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Wednesday, 5th March London/UK Queen Mary University London

Tuesday, 11th March Copenhagen/DK University of Copenhagen

Wednesday, 12th March Lund/SE Lund University

Friday, 14th March Poznan/PL Adam Mickiewicz University

Monday, 17th March Warsaw/PL University of Warsaw

Tuesday, 18th March Wroclaw/PL Wroclaw University of Technology

Wednesday, 19th March Prague /CZ National Library of Technology

Thursday, 20th March Vienna/AT University of Vienna

Friday, 21st March Bratislava/SK Comenius-University

Monday, 24th March Budapest/HU Corvinus University of Budapest

Wednesday, 26th March Bucharest/RO University of Bucharest

Thursday, 27th March Plovdiv/BG University “Paisii Hilendarski“

Friday, 28th March Sofia/BG University St. Kl. Ohridski

Monday, 31st March Thessaloniki/GR Aristoteles-University

Tuesday, 1st April Niš/SR University Niš

Wednesday, 2nd April Banja Luka/BIH University Banja Luka
Thursday, 3rd April Zagreb/HR University Zagreb

Friday, 4th April Ljubljana/SL University Ljubljana

Monday, 7th April Trieste/IT AREA Science Park

Tuesday, 8th April Milan/IT University of Milan

Wednesday, 9th April Zurich/CH ETH Zurich/University of Zurich

Thursday, 10th April Strasbourg/FR Université de Strasbourg

Tuesday 15th April Maastricht/NL University of Maastricht

EASTER HOLIDAYS

Tuesday 22nd April Luxembourg/LU University of Luxembourg

Wednesday, 23rd April Bremen/DE University of Bremen

Thursday, 24th April Hamburg/DE Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron

Monday, 28th April Cologne/DE University of Cologne

Tuesday, 29th April Liège/BE Université de Liège

Wednesday, 30th April Brussels/BE Closing event Université libre de Bruxelles