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The Charter and Code
The European Commission has adopted a European Charter for Researchers and a Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. These two documents contain 40 Charter & Code principles that are addressed to researchers as well as to employers and funders in both the public and private sectors.
The European Charter for Researchers addresses the roles, responsibilities and entitlements of researchers and their employers or funding organisations. It aims at ensuring that the relationship between these parties contributes to successful performance in the generation, transfer and sharing of knowledge, and to the career development of researchers.
The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers aims to improve recruitment, to make selection procedures fairer and more transparent and proposes different means of judging merit.
The “Human Resources Strategy for Researchers” is a tool that helps employers and funders to put the principles of the Charter & Code into practice. The research institution or funding organisation carries out an internal analysis that is an assessment of rules and practices in place (relevant legislation, current practices) vis-a-vis the Charter & Code principles.
On the basis of the results of this analysis, the participating institution or organisation develops its own HR strategy for researchers which should include a concrete action plan that provides public information on the actions that are needed in order to implement the Charter & Code principles.
In April 2010 Institute of Physics (IP) signed the Declaration of Commitment to The European Charter for Researchers and to The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. Internal analysis was conducted in June 2011. in order to evaluate the compliance of current national legislation and the Institute’s rules and practice with Charter and Code recommendations. The document was subsequently adopted by Scientific Council (SC).
A Human Resources Strategy for Researchers incorporating the Charter and Code – Internal analysis (pdf)
An Action plan has been developed in order to identify necessary amendments and changes (within the framework of national laws) to the Institute’s rules and practice, bodies and services, within the well defined time line.
Action progress will continuously be monitored. The following action plan (point by point) explains in more detail the activities that IP intends to make. The document was subsequently adopted by Scientific Council (SC) in June 2012
A Human Resources Strategy for Researchers incorporating the Charter and Code – Action Plan (pdf)
In December 2014 Institute has successfully accomplished Step 4 of the HRS4R mechanism (Self-Assessment), and thereby retains the HR logo.