LuxDoc is currently represented by its president, Romain Decet, at this year’s Eurodoc 2015 conference in Cluj-Napoca (Romania). His presentation today was focusing on LuxDoc’s cooperations to defend the interests of PhD candidates and junior researchers. 
Here you can find the abstract to the presentation.

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Dear young researchers,

We would like to call your attention to an innovative scientific format for young researchers – the Falling Walls Lab.
The Lab is a platform for excellent academics, entrepreneurs and professionals from all disciplines who get the opportunity to present their research work, business model, innovative project or idea.
Each participant has 3 minutes time on stage.
 
The Falling Walls Lab Luxembourg takes place on the 1 July 2015 at Campus Belval.
Applications can be made through the website www.falling-walls.com/lab.
Application Deadline closes by 7 June 2015.
 
Awards:
1.    Prize: 1.000€ plus:
Qualification for the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin 8-9 November 2015,
Participation at Falling Walls Conference
Hotel and Travel to Berlin for the 8-9 November
2.    Price: 500€
3.    Price: 250€
 
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the Falling Walls Foundation (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
More information on the event can also be found on the University of Luxembourg’s Website: http://wwwen.uni.lu/research/highlights/falling_walls_lab_luxembourg_calls_for_young_talents

The Eurodoc 2015 conference will take place in Cluj-Napoca (Romania), between April 27th and 28th.

The theme for this year's conference is "Empowering Young Researchers in Europe: Engagement and Participation", and it will bring together representatives from several NGOs across Europe to discuss what they are doing to support early stage researchers.

Among others, Eurodoc member organizations will present the work they are doing on behalf of and for early stage researchers. The presentations will focus on their priorities, initiatives and cooperation with relevant stakeholders in the national higher education and research systems.

Please see also the conference programme here.

Apart from Eurodoc member organizations, researchers, members of other NGOs and all those interested in the topic are most welcome to attend the conference. Please feel free to forward this email also to other interested individuals or organizations.

After a first contribution of LuxDoc on the career perspectives of young researchers (article in forum October 2013 by Anne Franziskus, Conny Reichling and Lucie Waltzer), Christiane Kirsch and Lukas Graf have recently published an article, entitled "Precarious Perspectives for Young Researchers: Luxembourg's Labor Law Restricts Development of Knowledge Society", in "forum" (January 2015, edition 347, pp. 17-19).

You can find the pdf under the link http://bit.ly/15ypewW or download it here.

An additional article on the career perspectives of young researchers in Luxembourg was published by Christiane Kirsch and Lukas Graf in Luxemburger Wort on February 7, 2015. You can download it here.

LuxDoc has started the first PhD mentoring program in the country. The idea is to create a support network among PhD candidates, like they already exist in many European countries. The aim of such programs is to ease some of the challenges that are usually faced during a PhD. Among them: I am doing a PhD, now what?, how do I manage my time wisely?, where can I find support?, how do I stay motivated and focused?, how do I manage the relationship with my supervisor, or supervision committee?
 

A diffused feeling is that of being the only one facing such challenges. But, this is usually not the case! And it doesn't need to be this way! Through mentoring, PhD candidates can meet, share information with each other, and acquire the necessary skills and tools in order to make their journey less lonely and stressful and establish themselves in the academic world.

We have received much feedback on our initial ideas from you. Thank you very much for this. As a consequence we believe that group-based sessions might be more interesting and relevant to your needs. By this, we mean a group of young researchers, more or less advanced in their PhD journey, who come together to discuss their problems and share their solutions, or find new ones. Each group would be facilitated by the presence of a discussion leader, a more experienced PhD candidate (or eventually a Post-Doc). The leader would be a trained mentor, and as such be able to guide the meeting in a constructive and meaningful way: to discuss topics relevant to the participants. The sessions would be preferably held in the vicinity of your professional location (e.g., Kirchberg, Limpertsberg, Walferdange, Belval).

Now we need your participation! In order to identify your interest for such sessions and your preferred locations to hold them , we'd like to hear from you. Let us know whether you would be interested in participating, and where you would prefer the meeting to be held. Also, tell us if you would be interested in organizing and guiding such meetings, of course with our support and training. Last, but not least, contact us if you have any other question or feedback.

Please fill in the Google Form at the following link!
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1AT9dekk2xQQxUqgsjT5h8VYTPhn7VDOOD4SHWp3vrCU/viewform

We're looking forward to hearing from you!