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What the PRIDE Network should know about Eurodoc

Who is Eurodoc?

Eurodoc, the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers, is an umbrella organization of national associations representing doctoral candidates and/or junior researchers in Europe. Eurodoc contributes to the European Research Area (ERA), the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), and Open Science policies and aims to create a community of early-career researchers across Europe. Eurodoc envisions an ERA and a EHEA where all researchers are duly recognised for their contributions.

The need to establish a European-wide network of national organizations focusing on early-career researchers was for the first time recognised in 2001, during a meeting of national organizations representing early-career researchers at a conference in Uppsala, Sweden. Following this effort, Eurodoc was formed in 2002 in Girona, Spain and legally established in 2005 in Brussels, Belgium as an international, volunteer, and non-profit organisation.

Main aims

According to its Statute, the main goals of Eurodoc are: (1) to represent doctoral candidates and junior researchers at the European level in matters of education, research, and professional development of their careers; (2) to advance the quality of doctoral programmes and the standards of research activity in Europe; (3) to promote the circulation of information on issues regarding young researchers, organise events, take part in debates, and assist in the elaboration of policies about higher education and research in Europe; (4) to establish and promote cooperation between national associations representing doctoral candidates and junior researchers within Europe.

Member associations

Eurodoc currently has 32 members that are associations representing early-career researchers at national level. In addition, the network has 4 observers. Both Eurodoc members and observers belong to the European Union and/or the Council of Europe . Potential members have to fulfil this requirement too. See Eurodoc members here.

Governing structure

Eurodoc is governed by the national members and, through these, by early-career researchers. The highest decision-making body is the Annual General Meeting, where each national association is represented by delegates. The administration members and national association delegates meet there and discuss the previous year's activities, important topics for early-career researchers, main strategic goals for the coming year, and elect the new administration members. The daily activities of the organisation are run by the Administrative Board, which is supported by a Secretariat (including several working group coordinators and other officers) and an Advisory Board. The Annual General Meeting is usually preceded by an annual Eurodoc Conference focusing on current issues for early-career researchers in Europe.

Yearly conference

The most important and biggest event of the whole year that Eurodoc organizes is the Eurodoc conference, which takes place each time in a different country in cooperation with the national association and supported by local or regional academic communities. The Eurodoc Conference brings together Eurodoc members, early-career researchers, higher education policy makers, universities, funding institutions, businesses, and other stakeholders to address issues relevant to early-career researchers, higher education, and research. Eurodoc Conference 2017 on “Open Science – Challenges and Opportunities for early-career Researchers” was held in Oslo, Norway. Eurodoc Conference 2018 on “Research Career – a Living Dream?” will be held in Tampere, Finland on 18 –19 April. This conference will focus on the challenges of research careers and employment.

Working groups

The working groups are one of the driving forces behind Eurodoc. Much of Eurodoc work is conducted within open working groups focusing on specific topics: Doctoral Training, Employment and Career Development, Equality, Interdisciplinarity, Mobility, Open Science, Policy Research, Mental Health and Accreditation. These working groups are led by a working group coordinator and are open to all early-career researchers and interested experts in the topic. Membership to working groups also provides access to the Eurodoc network. Documents and other outputs provided by the Eurodoc working groups are intended to serve as a source of information for both early-career researchers and stakeholders.


Eurodoc has published many policy papers, peer-reviewed research publications, and statements on different issues crucial for higher education and research development (e.g. “Defining 'Junior Researchers' and Challenges they Face”, “Eurodoc Statement on Framework Programme 9”, “Quality of Doctoral Training and Employability of Doctorate Holders: The Views of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers”). Eurodoc also publishes a regular Newsletter featuring the activities of its members and which bring forward also important topics for early-career researchers, such as “Newsletter #21” prepared by the Doctoral Training Working Group which focuses on doctoral training and career development of early-career researchers across Europe.

Eurodoc has also co-organized events that have been initiated and supported by its national associations as, for example, “International Workshop on Career Development and Interdisciplinarity for Early-Career Researchers” in Hungary, “European Forum of Young Innovators” in Poland, or the public webinar on “Open Access and the Opportunities Raised for Early-Career Researchers in a More Open Educational Environment”.

Delegates from the national associations have taken part in various debates and discussions concerning European Union policy making and implementation of doctoral training in Europe, for example in the ad hoc group on the third cycle of the Bologna Follow-Up Group. They have been also involved in many projects as a partner or advisory board member, such as Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN projects SAF21 and Edulia, Doc-Careers (I and II), DocLinks, PromoDoc, Unike, SuperProfDoc, FOSTER Plus and PRINTEGER project.

Eurodoc conducted several surveys among its members and has furthermore been involved in surveys implemented by the European Commission and other higher education and research stakeholders such as the European University Association (EUA). Eurodoc’s unique strength is the direct communication with early-career researchers through its national associations.

Eurodoc as a EU-stakeholder

Eurodoc officially represents doctoral candidates and junior researchers from 32 countries across Europe and is the de facto stakeholder for the 1+ million early-career researchers in Europe. The flow of information to and from different European nations is crucial for the strengthening of the doctoral training system and the position of both doctoral candidates and junior researchers in the ERA and EHEA. These two pillars  of  the  “knowledge  based  society” underline the key role of doctoral programmes and research training in this context.

Eurodoc’s members welcome the initiative of the PRIDE Network as providing a valuable basis for further development of innovative doctoral training at European, national and regional level. Eurodoc and our members look forward to collaborating with the PRIDE Network and PRIDE members.

Eva Hnatkova
Eurodoc General Board Member & Coordinator of Doctoral Training Working Group
March 2018


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