Since 2009, because of their double status (student and employee), Luxembourg and EU-countries PhD candidates were eligible to apply for an additional grant (and a loan) given by the Luxembourg government through the CEDIES institution. With this additional grant, PhD candidates could benefit of up to 6 000€ per year which did not have to be refunded to the State.
On March 20th 2014, the Minister of Higher Education and Research, Claude Meisch, has deposited a new Projet de loi (6670) with the goals to promote access to higher education to have a fair system and to save money. In this draft, the CEDIES grant is now split into three parts in addition to the loan:
 
  1. base grant (bourse de base)
  2. mobility grant (bourse de mobilité)
  3. social grant (bourse sociale)
Each part can be up to 2 000€ and the maximum annual amount grant and loan combined is 17 700€. This system should guarantee the autonomy of the student.

Normally, PhD candidates are still eligible for this grant through their student status. However, article 12 states that students earning more than ½ of the minimal wage (and up to 3x the minimal wage) are only eligible to receive the financial aid as a loan, but not as a grant. So, if a PhD candidate needs a financial aid in addition to his or her salary, he or she is free to apply for the CEDIES financial aid which will be granted as a loan if all other conditions are met.
 
Non-EU candidates can still not apply for the CEDIES financial aid. 

On 22nd April, the EURAXESS on Tour’s bus will make a stop at the University of Luxembourg (Campus Limpertsberg) between 10:00 and 16:00.

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Step in the EURAXESS bus and have direct access to information terminals and professionals, ready to talk you through the comprehensive services available and show you how to use them to get your career moving.

Simultaneously, a conference and a roundtable will be organised at the University on the topics of the mobility of researchers in Europe and Human Resources Strategy for Researchers.

Workshops with experts and interactive discussion sessions will also take place near-by, jam-packed with info on job-hunting, careers, mobility, funding and more!

The program can be found here.

For further information, check out on our website www.euraxess.lu.

Who do we think we are? - Identity at Science Café

Science cafés are evening meetings in cafés or bars where experts and interested people meet to talk about science in a jargon-free way. The idea originates from 18th-century cafés where people often had the opportunity to participate in long scientific discussions. Modern Science cafés (or Cafés scientifiques) were established independently in Lyon in 1997 and Leeds in 1998.

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On June 12, 2013, LuxDoc hosted its first Café scientifique in Luxembourg-City. People were popping by Café Konrad to sip a cup of coffee or a cool beer while discussing with invited scientists one of the current issues relevant to all of us living in Luxembourg: Identity. The two guest speakers, Sonja Kmec (historian) and Paul Antony (biologist), led through the evening with an interesting exchange and a very different approach on the concept of “Identity”. We’ve let the evening die out with a drink and an ongoing discussion about “Identity”.
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Greetings from the new committee 2014 :)
 
We hope you had a nice start to the new year and we wish you a lot of success in your work and resarch!
 
In December 2013, during the general assembly, you voted for the new committee and we will do our best to represent you at the national and international level. Furthermore, we will continue our efforts to network and make our contribution to the researcher awareness in Luxembourg.
 
 
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The committee for 2014 is:
 
Christophe Trefois - President (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Fabian Faller - Vice-President (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Conny Reichling - Secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Pascale Esch - Vice-Secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Hella Faller - Treasurer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Maurizio Cortesi - Mentoring (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Laura Lakaff - Cultural Events (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Aravind Tallam - Social Events (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Phu Nguyen - Member
Sébastian Thiltges - Non-voting advisor
 
The activity report of 2013 can be found here.
(Currently it is only in French, but most events have an English news item at our homepage)

LuxDoc (represented by Aravind Tallam) participated in EURODOC 2013 conference and Annual General Meeting held in Lisbon, Portugal from April 4th – 7th 2013. The event was jointly organised by eurodoc (The European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers) and the Portuguese Association of the Grant-holding Researchers (ABIC- Associação dos Bolseiros de Investigação Científica. Delegates from eurodoc member countries (35 national associations of doctorates and young researchers from 34 countries of the European Union and the Council of Europe) have participated in the event.

 

Conference on Europe’s Grand Societal Challenges: The role of Early Stage Researchers

The working conditions of young researchers, their future perspectives and the role of scientific research in society were the main topics debated at the EURODOC’13 conference. One of the main points discussed werethe challenges that young researchers have to face in Europe due to the international economic crisis. Four plenary sessions were held with distinguished speakers from various International, European and national organizations.

I: The EU 2020 Framework Programmes for Research and Sustainable Innovation.

II: Growing in a Healthy Environment: New trends in Research.

III: Working and research within the Framework of a Sustainable Society.

IV: Science, Communication and Social Change.

Our LuxDoc member has participated in one of the workshops entitled “How to design and defend your PhD”. The outcome of this workshop, according to us, is that the European Student’s Union (ESU) right now will not shed more light on research funding but will concentrate more closely on higher education financing concerning bachelor and master students. Also, the European commission now aims at raising around 6-11 billion euros by 2020 to support the young researchers to continue their research.

EURODOC - Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of eurodoc was held for two days after the conference. The meeting started with yearly activity reports of 2012-2013 from the president and treasurer. Then the board discussed on amendments to ESU statutes and standing orders, internal motions proposed by other NOs. ESU policies of commodification, gender mainstreaming strategy were also thoroughly discussed among the board. All the reports have been accepted by voting from member associations. The last day was the elections for the new board for 2013-2014.

The new elected body for 2013-204 is:

1) Slobodan Radicev – President (re-elected).

2) Kristina Majsec – Vice-president.

3) John Peacock – Secretary.

4) Patrick Tuijp – Treasurer.

5) Jovan Shopovski, Marcin Styrna, Ivo Neto as the general board members.

The elections were continued for the coordinators of 10 different working groups of eurodoc and the secretariat co-coordinator. LuxDoc delegate of eurodoc 2013, Aravind Tallam, has been elected as the secretarial coordinator of eurodoc 2013-2014.

Participating at this event and becoming active in the organization of eurodoc shows the commitment of LuxDoc to be involved on European level, at the heart of where it matters.

We thank the University of Luxembourg, through the office of the Vice Rectorate for Research for their financial support, which allows us to participate at the yearly AGM events of eurodoc.

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