(Early) career (break) actions

  • In 2014 and 2015, at the instigation of the CERN Diversity Office, social science researchers, namely Dr Klea Faniko, in collaboration with Prof. Naomi Ellemers and Prof. Belle Derks (all currently with Utrecht University (NL)) carried out a research study amongst CERN contributors, examining different factors influencing the career of junior scientists. Interviews and surveys were conducted at CERN with junior and senior scientists, investigating questions such as: How can supervisors support the career of junior scientists? What is expected of a good supervisor? Can mentoring programmes facilitate the career of scientists at an early stage of their career? What is expected of a mentor? How can mentors support junior scientists to advance in their career? What about work-life balance? Are there different perceptions and expectations between men and women at CERN?

  • Thanks to all participants of the research survey on early careers in science for your valuable input!

  • Excellence is a non-negotiable in science, a necessary condition for a successful careers as well as the funding of research projects. Scientific excellence is the sole criterion used by the European Research Council (ERC) to award frontier research grants. However, statistics show that there are still persistent inequalities between men and women scientists in ERC funding success as well as other career outcomes.

  • On the 15th of July 2014, the Diversity programme organised an intergenerational workshop entitled "Forum for discussion: Making a career in science". The aim was to provide a forum where young students / researchers could share their questions about making a career in science with more experienced scientists present in the room.

  • The CERN-Google Networking event on 7th March 2014 was a great moment to share, mingle and learn. Here are some nice souvenirs of the day!