Executive Summary of the Office of Science and Technology Austria (OSTA) Exploratory Study
Author: Dr. Jürgen Haberleithner
Since an increasing demand has been identified within the Research and Innovation Network Austria (RINA) to (re-)connect the Austrian research and innovation diaspora with Austria and Europe science and innovation environment, the OSTA launched a study to explore this demand on both sides of the Atlantic and to study possible activities to attend this development. As part of this explorative and empirical approach, a thorough understanding of relevant topics and the development of possible suggestions were necessary. For this purpose, a total of 27 top leading, Europe- and US-based experts with origins from Austria, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain and Turkey were interviewed, as well as EU and EURAXESS representatives in North America.
As a result, a total of 14 critical and relevant topics were defined, discussed and ranked by importance. These topics were: 1. The creation of a pro- and interactive career development platform. 2. The integration of the European dimension in the career development of the target population. 3. The possibility and potential of double (or multiple) institutional affiliations. 4. Dual career perspectives. 5. The potential of mentoring programmes for career development. 6. A sound understanding of the interests and motives of the target population. 7. Mobility as a leading indicator for scientific exchange. 8. Working conditions as decisive elements for any professional development. 9. Brain circulation as a concept driving policy. 10. Migration conditions and formal recognition of non-EU degrees and professional experiences as possible obstacles. 11. Networking as a key element for professional success. 12. Excellence in science as an important indicator and possible synergies with place based approaches. 13. General life quality in Austria and Europe as a pull factor. 14. Lobbying as a collective strategy for success.
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