Researchers Learn about Career Opportunities in the European Research Area
CEU recently hosted ERA Mobility and Career Day, an unparalleled opportunity for researchers based in Hungary to learn about career opportunities in the European Research Area (ERA). The event was made possible through funding from the European Commission. It was organized in partnership with Hungarian partner institutions Bay Zoltan Nonprofit Ltd and the Association of Hungarian Women in Science (NATE) and brought research employers and presenters to Nador utca for a day of workshops, panel discussions, and information sessions, as well as a fair featuring research employers from both within and outside of Hungary.
ERA Mobility and Career Day was part of a larger project funded by Horizon 2020 and aimed at promoting the EURAXESS network, an initiative of the European Union and its member states which supports mobility and career development while enhancing international collaboration within the European Research Area. With this project, the CEU Careers Office became the first administrative unit at CEU to attract EU funds to the university.
CEU’s Rector and President Michael Ignatieff launched the event at a welcome panel. He was followed by Gabor Zupko, Head of the European Commission Representation in Hungary. Adam Molnar of Bay Zoltan Ltd. shared information about the many resources offered by EURAXESS to researchers seeking opportunities across Europe, regardless of their nationality or field of studies. Emanuela Bellan, Head of Interinstitutional, International Relations & Outreach at the Joint Research Center (JRC) of the European Commission, an important institutional partner for CEU, wrapped up the session with a lively presentation about the JRC and its work.
Highlights of the day included an interactive session entitled “TED-talking your research topic” and a workshop on including horizontal issues in research. Zsuzsa Gabor, the Director of CEU’s Academic Cooperation and Research Support Office (ACRO), ran a workshop on identifying and finding sources of funding, generously sharing details and advice. A panel of researchers including CEU alumna Sara Svensson (POLS ’99, PhD ‘13) discussed their careers and provided tips for early-career researchers. ERA Day participants also learned about the German research landscape and the Marie Skodowska-Curie Fellowship, and had a chance to participate in short, intense CV clinics led by members of CEU’s Careers team.
The event brought together members of the CEU community as well as researchers and employers from other Hungarian and European partner institutions. CEU’s lead on the event, Cristina Balint-Nagy, Career Services Manager, is the university’s specialized career advisor for doctoral students and researchers. Balint-Nagy gave a special shout-out to the team of CEU doctoral students who assisted her, Georgiana Turculet, PhD Candidate in Political Theory, Zsofia Gode, PhD Candidate in Philosophy and Agnes Kende, PhD Candidate in History. “It was a privilege to work with Georgiana, Zsofia and Agnes,” Cristina said. “They were enthusiastic and resourceful and contributed in a positive way to the overall success of the event by bringing in their experience in chairing academic events and in coordinating student teams. They were living examples of researchers practicing transferrable skills that complement their academic training.”