host university:
TU Wien
financial support:
closing address:
Spanish Presidency of the EU


With a number of anniversaries, 2010 is an important year to look back on achievements in the major policy agendas, but also analyse weaknesses and develop new models and approaches for the future.

  • 10 years European Research Area
    The concept of an European Research Area was proposed by the European Commission in January 2000 and endorsed as an objective in the Lisbon European Council in March.
  • 5 years European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. This document collects a set of principles of good practice for researchers, research funding and research performing institutions with the aim to make the European Research Area more attractive. It has been released by the European Commission on 11 March 2005 and presented on the same day at Eurodoc 2005 by Alexandre Quintanilha, Chair of the European Commission’s External Advisory Group on Human Resources and Mobility.
  • 5 years doctoral programmes as part of the Bologna Process.
    Although doctoral programmes were first mentioned in the Berlin Communiqué in 2003, substantial discussions on the role of doctoral programmes in the Bologna process started only in 2005.

The Bologna Process

The European Research Area