What is the Charter and the Code
Charter for Researchers and
the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers
are the documents of the European Union that set out the guidelines for
European universities and research centres to improve the employment
and working conditions of researchers, making research more attractive
The European Charter for Researchers addresses the
roles, responsibilities and rights of researchers and their contractors.
Its aim is to ensure that the relationship between the parties
contributes positively to the process of creating, transferring and
sharing knowledge and to the professional development of researchers.
The Charter includes 40 principles describing the rights and duties of
researchers and of organisations employing and funding research. There
are 4 main areas:
- Open, transparent, merit-based recruitment
- Ethical and professional aspects
- Working conditions and social security
- Training and career development
The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers
aims to improve recruitment, and ensure that selection procedures are
fair and transparent. It proposes several means of evaluating merits,
taking into account not only number of publications, but a wider range
of evaluation criteria, such as teaching, supervision of people,
teamwork, knowledge transfer, management and scientific outreach.