1. Stakeholder Dialogue #EURAXESS

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    In Brussels on 22 October, access FnAK was invited to present ALFRED®, its Alumni and Foreign REsearchers Directory, as part of a dialogue with EURAXESS stakeholders. It was a great opportunity to share this good practice with the national Bridgeheads Organisations of the European network.

    See attached programme and PowerPoint presentation.

  2. FnAK’s Annual Report 2018

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    The FnAK 2018 annual report can be downloaded here. (French)

    Today’s young researchers belong to generation Y (or millennial). They were born between 1980 and 2000 and possess qualities that predispose them to research careers: access to information is child’s play for them, they have team spirit, are well educated, motivated and enterprising, as long as the pressure of work can be combined with their many external interests.

    In a context where mobility and research stays play an increasingly important role in the lives of researchers, the level of their research team and their professional success will increasingly depend on their participation in large-scale projects. For host institutions, this means valuing their best researchers and their participation in high-level projects, initiating future-oriented research areas, being open to new disciplines and promoting new forms of publication.

    Institutional membership and physical presence will lose their importance, to the benefit of job security, equality and independence in the research system. To make an institution more attractive, the resources allocated will of course be decisive. Those who can adopt this new approach will be in the best position to attract the best international talent.

    In terms of supporting the scientific career, this paradigm shift is fortunately well understood on both sides of the Atlantic. This is also true for those who belong to the lost generation of scientists, the majority, who will not get a permanent position in research.

    However, careers outside academia are just as valuable, and those who supervise doctoral and post-doctoral students must provide them with an exit plan and take responsibility for preparing them to non-academic careers. It is therefore essential for institutions to have data on the number of university jobs available at each level and to indicate a perspective to each departing scientist.

    What may indeed seem like a loss for the academic world can still prove to be an enormous gain for society… Thus the surveys carried out in France with doctoral schools on the professional future of doctors (employability, training) must be completed by an approach that favours career development, the attractiveness of the European Research Area and the development of researchers.

    There is a real interest in linking the two approaches and developing their complementarity: from thesis preparation to post-doctoral work or even beyond, then from employability to career development and support.

  3. FnAK celebrates 25 years of commitment for mobile researchers

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    Improving the reception conditions for high-level foreign scientists coming to work in France, maintaining contact with them after their return to their country. 25 years ago, these were the missions that Prof. Guy Ourisson entrusted to the Alfred Kastler National Foundation that he had just created.

    Legal monitoring and expertise, the EURAXESS network, the ALFRED directory, the observatory of scientific mobility and a continuous dialogue with decision-makers contribute to making one of its most cherished dreams come true.

  4. FnAK Annual Report 2017

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    The continuous arrival of asylum seekers at the gates of Europe, Brexit, the countries dragged along in its wake and the election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States make you doubt the existence of knowledge and research without borders. The crisis of confidence affecting the old continent calls into question the very principles of migration management. It represents an unprecedented challenge for our administrations, our governments or for a common approach of the European Union.
    We are therefore still a long way from being done with the incessant revision of regulations relating to mobility – whether or not it is professional – or with the accumulation of related European and national legal texts. Thus the expertise of FnAK and the Euraxess network, relating to academic mobility, will still be in demand, as was the case in 2017 with the reception of Syrian, Turkish or Afghan refugees with the PAUSE programme.
    Faced with these new challenges, which are being declined for FnAK at regional and national levels (Far East and metropolitan France), the development of the ALFRED®[1] system is a real encouragement. First because the increase in listings in our directory remains significant (+18.7% in 2017), then because of the projected development of the following platforms :

    • Host convention, with the integration into the software of the regulatory process that allows institutions to invite and then host researchers from third countries. All those involved in the process of welcoming these researchers will benefit from this new process, from the research teams to the Prefectures, via the Euraxess Centres, university services and organisations;
    • One-stop shop, on which universities will be able to support their own reception platforms at the start of the academic year, during which they welcome more than half of their public in international mobility. This is an exclusive development for the Grand-Est region, which FnAK will adapt to the constraints of each university;
    • Scientific career, in cooperation with the Bernard Gregory Association, whose field of expertise is this, as well as with the most advanced research organizations in this field. The development of this platform will aim to put the latter in touch with researchers in mobility to recruit the best talent.

    In the long term, the national deployment of these new platforms integrated into ALFRED®, complementary to the housing platform on which several Euraxess Centres already rely, should guarantee a complete range of services to support researchers on their way to France.
    For these various developments, FnAK will first have to take up the challenge of adapting ALFRED® to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDR), wanted by the European Union to increase the protection of persons concerned by the processing of their personal data. We really see this regulatory obligation as an opportunity, since it will enable us to match our working tools to our professional ethics, in accordance with the defence of the human person so dear to Alfred Kastler.

    Our 2017 Annual Report can be downloaded here. Find there the mobility observatory, with the figures of the European Union, those of the Ministry of the Interior, those of Euraxess and access&ss FnAK, and the usual headings.

    [1] ALumni and Foreign REsearchers Directory

  5. 2017 Review of host regions for scientific mobility

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    Last year, the software enabled us to support more than 12,000 researchers in mobility, in the heart of each of our regions

     20 548 Services provided by 69 Euraxess experts

  6. 4th Scientific Council of acc&ss FnAK

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    At the Institut de France on 21 March, with the Ministries and local authorities concerned, this 4th meeting enabled progress to be made on the Conditions for recruiting researchers in mobility and on the conditions for accompanying their stay & career.

  7. Rapport annuel FnAK 2016

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    Our 2016 annual report can be downloaded here. Find here the mobility observatory, with figures from the European Union, the Ministry of the Interior, Euraxess and FnAK, and the usual sections.

  8. ALFRED nouveau

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    Thanks to Juan et Jean, ALFRED* is developing and contributing to the professionalization of the Euraxess network, for a real time accompaniment of mobile researchers in France, for their accommodation, their formalities, their adaptation and that of their families to their new environment; for a smooth landing in our Universities and Research Organizations.

    *Alumni and Foreign REsearchers Directory

  9. 3rd Scientific Coucil acc&ss FnAK

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    Thanks to the French Academy of Sciences, this 3rd meeting took place at the Institut de France, a stone’s throw from the famous dome. Some twenty participants from the Ministries concerned with the mobility of researchers and the recruitment of the best talents, Research Organizations, Universities and local authorities gave an update on the most recent strategic issues.

  10. FnAK’s Annual Report 2014

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    Our annual report can be donwnloaded here (French).

  11. acc&ss FnAK, Scientific Council, 20th Anniversary

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    As part of the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris, FnAK became acc&ss FnAK and established its scientific council in Strasbourg, Alsace, celebrating its 20th anniversary at the Council of Europe.

  12. Cooperation with CNRS to provide its international magazine

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    Collaboration with the CNRS to keep in touch with foreign scientists after they have left France. The CNRS international magazine is sent to thousands of them.

  13. Legal coopération to transpose the researcher’s directive

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    Collaboration between FnAK, the French Ministries and the European Commission to transpose into French law the European Directive on foreign researchers (itself inspired by the French RESEDA Law). Monitoring of its implementation by the EURAXESS network and the préfectures.

  14. ERA-MORE becomes EURAXESS, CPU takes over FnAK

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    As agreed between both institutions, CPU is taking over FnAK and is now coordinating the French network, renamed EURAXESS by the European Commission.

  15. AFII: Creation by FnAK of an observatory on mobility

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    Based on the network coordinated by FnAK, the government agency AFII, which promotes international investment in France, created an observatory to collect statistics on the mobility of foreign scientists.

  16. Coordination of the French ERA-MORE network

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    After the study carried out on behalf of the Commission, the coordination of the French ERA-MORE network is proposed to FnAK by the French Ministry for research for 3 years, in cooperation with the Association Bernard Gregory and the AMUE-CPU (Agence de mutualisation des universités et établissements d’enseignement supérieur et de recherche – Conférence des Présidents d’Universités). 32 Countries are involved.

  17. takeover by CiuP

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    At the request of the Ile-de-France region FnAK prepares a report on the situation of foreign researchers in the Paris area. FnAK meets the officials of the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris (CiuP), willing to cooperate and open an office for welcoming foreign researchers within its walls. This project happens to be consistent with the commitment of the Académie des Sciences to assist FnAK in moving towards self-sufficiency.

  18. Recognition of FnAK as a think tank

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    Recognition of FnAK as a think tank by the Ministries in charge of Foreign Affairs and Research as well as by the European Commission. At the request of the European Commission, FnAK was invited to participate in two groups of experts: Remove obstacles to mobility, then Towards a european netwok of mobility centres, which led to create the ERA-MORE network, an early stage of Euraxess.

  19. Launch of the Guest Researcher Card

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    Following the model of the card issued by the German Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Guest Researcher Card was launched to offer customized assistance to researchers moving to France: more than 25,000 researchers have subscribed to this card since its inception.

  20. Drafting of the « convention d’accueil »

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    At the request of the Ministry of Research and Higher Education, drafting of the protocole d’accueil (Entry Protocol), a form that greatly simplified formalities (visa, residency permit) of foreign researchers moving to France (RESEDA law). This started our legal cooperation with the préfectures, the Ministries and the European Commission. It was imagined by Frédéric Carrière, FnAK’s first legal expert, on the model of the invitation letter sent by universities to their Visiting Professors: a French good practice transposed throughout the EU in 2005.