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.
“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.
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
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