|Founded in||2005 (2002)|
|Members||34 national organisations|
|President||Slobodan Radicev (Doktoranti Srbije, Serbia)|
Eurodoc is a European federation of national associations of young researchers currently undertaking their doctorate (PhD, doctoral candidates or early-stage researchers) or PhD holders in their first years of their post-doctoral research career (mostly postdoctoral researchers, postdocs, employed on a temporary basis).
As a non-profit organisation, Eurodoc monitors the situation of young researchers in Europe with respect to different parameters (e.g. mobility, labour conditions, career paths, doctoral supervision, and training).
Eurodoc issues policy statements and provides recommendations to academic, corporate and governing institutions on subjects of special relevance to young European researchers (e.g., the Bologna Process or the Lisbon Strategy). In this activity, Eurodoc is in regular contact with major stakeholders in European research and higher education policy, most notably with the Directorate-General for Research (European Commission), and the European University Association.
Each year in Spring, Eurodoc convenes an international conference for young researchers. The aim of this conference is to provide a framework for young European researchers to meet with European political and economical leaders and to engage in a fruitful discussion on the construction of the European Research and Higher Education Area.
Eurodoc Survey I was conducted from 2005 to 2011 and analyses the current situation of 7561 doctoral candidates in twelve countries (Austria, Belgium, Hungary, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden). It was published in September 2011.
In 2001 several members of national organisations for young researchers met at a conference in Uppsala organized by Sweden in the course of the Swedish presidency of the Council of the European Union. They recognised the urgent need to establish a European-wide organisation for young researchers and took the occasion to initiate a network of national organisations. Following these efforts, Eurodoc was founded in Girona in Spain on 2 February 2002. Finally Eurodoc was legally established in 2005 in Brussels as an international non-profit organisation.
In a meeting of ministers responsible for higher education in Berlin in 2003, doctoral programmes were first mentioned in the Bologna Process setting. Since then, Eurodoc has been playing an active role in pertinent Bologna seminars and projects. Its involvement in the Bologna Process has been formally acknowledged in 2007 by the formal status of "partner" to the Bologna Process follow-up group.
Members and observers
There are 34 member organisations representing young researchers from 34 countries of the European Union and the Council of Europe. These are the members which conduct Eurodoc's decisions. In addition, contributions to Eurodoc's activities also include observers as national representatives.
- European Higher Education Area
- European Charter for Researchers
- World Association of Young Scientists
- Actionuni, the Swiss Researchers Association
- Eurodoc Survey I | Eurodoc 2003-2013. Eurodoc.net. Retrieved on 2013-09-05.