Ethics and Code of Conduct
The European Commission adopted the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for Recruitment of Researchers , drafting two documents aimed at researchers as well as employers and providers of public and private sector funding. Both documents have become key elements in European Union policy, making research an attractive career and stimulating economic growth and employment in Europe.
Specifically, the European Charter for Researchers outlines the functions, responsibilities and rights of investigators and their employers. The aim is to ensure that the relation between these parties contributes to successful performance in the generation, transfer, and shared use of knowledge, as well as the professional development of researchers from the early stages.
Moreover, the Code of Conduct for the recruitment of researchers was drawn up to improve recruiting practices, so that selection procedures are fair and transparent. The researcher’s merit should be measured not only by number of publications, but also by a wider range of evaluation criteria such as education and teaching, supervision, teamwork, knowledge transfer, management, and public awareness-raising activities.
HR Excllence in research