“There is a wide consensus throughout Europe about the need to further enlarge, attract and retain the best talent for research, which has been emerging in terms of the need to foster research careers and increase the professionalisation of research activity in both public or private sectors, through an European approach. By “career” we mean how researchers are recruited, how they are assessed, rewarded and eventually promoted, which are their employment conditions and what are the conditions for their mobility across sectors and countries.
This is one of the priority areas for policy action set out in the recent Commission communication and Council conclusions to revitalise the European Research Area (ERA). This priority will be fully developed and implemented through the “ERA Forum for Transition” that is being set up with all Member States to act as the new R&I policy co-creation platform in Europe. One of the first outcomes expected in 2021 is a “Pact for Research and Innovation” that will be anchored in the values and principles that guide European research and innovation, in particular, as concerns the career of researchers. Overall, Europe needs more scientists!”