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16.10.2006
Влиянието на Европейското изследователско пространство въху младите изследователи

THE IMPACT OF THE EUROPEAN RESEARCH AREA ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF YOUNG SCIENTISTS
19th and 20th October 2006
Conference Hall 2
Bulgaria, Sofia, 11 Krakra st.
Union of Architectures

Working Language: English

Organized by Committee of Young Scientists (CYS), Union of Scientist in Bulgaria (USB), Austrian Science and Research Liaison Office Sofia (ASO)

Rationale of the Initiative

“I love my country.
My dream is to have the
lab from New York – with
the American organization and
technology – in Naples”.
V. Dorello,
postdoctoral fellow,
New York University

The saying says – “travelling broadens mind”, but is it always true? What is the impact of the increasing mobility to the societies and science? Who is the winner after all? Can we consider the mobility policy as an alternative to brain drain? The costs and benefits of the “brain drain” and circulation of talent are hotly debated during the last years. International mobility of skilled workers can generate global benefits by improving knowledge flows and satisfying the demand for skills. The contribution of foreign skilled workers to economic growth and achievement in the host countries, in particular to research, innovation and entrepreneurship in increasingly recognized.

The risk of a “brain drain” damaging rich countries is arguably lower, but it does exist. Nevertheless, the same does not always hold true for the poorer countries or the new market economies. While there is little doubt that highly educated workers in many developing countries are scarce, it is also true that many scientists, engineers, physicians, and other professionals from developing countries work in Canada, the United States, and Western Europe. The phenomenon of “brain drain” was noticed in the 1960s and has become a contentious issue in the debates ever since. One important implication of the “brain drain” is that investment in education in poorer countries may not lead to faster economic growth if a large number of its highly educated people leave the country.

The quality of the two way flow of migration is key, thought it is difficult to calculate weather the loss of a top researcher can be compensated by even several hundred IT specialists. But as skilled migration between advanced countries is often temporary, there maybe a double gain from the circulation of the highly skilled, first from the overseas experience acquainted by their researcher, and second from the constant skilled workers. Still, this is not the case in the Eastern European Countries. How expansive is the “brain drain”? Is there a winning solution for them? How does these issues relay to the knowledge economy goal set by the EU countries?

Main discussion topics
• Brain drain – is it really a problem? For whom?
• Mobility – pro and cons. Mobility as an alternative to brain drain
• Possibilities for networking among young scientists in SEE and EU
• Knowledge management
• Promote the achievements of young scientists in their own countries
• Young Scientists reintegration after mobility and encouragement of the dissemination of the young scientists achievement

All papers presented during the workshop will be published in Nauka (Science) Magazine, bi-monthly publication of the Union of scientists in Bulgaria

19th October 2006, Thursday
13:00 – 13:30 Registration
13:30 – 14:00 Opening Session – Welcome addresses

Moderator: Lidia Galabova, Committee of Young Scientists, USB
Damian Damianov Chairman, Union of Scientist in Bulgaria (USB)
Martin Felix Gajdusek Austrian Science and Research Liaison Office - ASO Sofia

14:00 – 14:45 Plenary Session I – Mobility as an Alternative to Brain Drain
Cornelis Mario Vis Strategy and Policy D.1, DG Research Brussels
Higher Education and Scientific Potential
Angel Popov Vice Chairman of USB

14:45 – 15:00 Coffee break

15:00 – 16:00 Plenary Session II – Solving the Problem of Brain Drain – Approaches
Institutional Level Strategies
Moderator: Elisaveta Gurova Bulgarian Research Mobility Centre, SU
- From Brain Drain to Brain Circulation, Attila Pausits Danube University Krems, Austria
- N.N., Kamen Velev Bulgarian National Science Fund(requested)
- Solving the Brain Drain Problems – an Institutional Level Strategy, Angel Baltov Director of the Training and Development Centre of BAS, Naum Yakimov Chief Scientific Secretary and Vice-President of BAS

16:00 – 16:15 Coffee break

16:15 – 17:15 Plenary Session II – Solving the Problem of Brain Drain – Appropriate Practices Institutional Level Strategies
Moderator: Naum Yakimov Chief Scientific Secretary and Vice-President of BAS
- Romanian Mobility Centre and Other Initiatives for Supporting the Mobility of Young
Scientists, Teodora Rusu Romanian Mobility Centre, Regional Office, City of Iasi
- Europe-wide Assistance of Mobile Researchers, Elisaveta Gurova Bulgarian Research Mobility Centre, Sofia University
- doktorat.at – Austrian Doctoral Candidates and Young Researchers, Michael Wissgott, Helga Kahofer Vienna University, Austria

17:30 – 18:45 Round Table
The Impact of the European Research Area on the Development of Young Scientists
Moderator: Naum Yakimov Chief Scientific Secretary and Vice-President of BAS
A non-formal discussion about “brain drain” and mobility on institutional level.

19:00 – 20:30 Invitation to a buffet

20th October 2006, Friday
9:00 – 10:15 Session III – Possibilities for Development of Young Scientists
Networks as an Alternative to Brain Drain
Moderator: Elisaveta Gurova Bulgarian Research Mobility Centre, SU
- Improving the Matrix by Remodeling the Agents: Can a Network Structure be Effective
Against the Brain Drain?, Nikolay Vitanov USB
- Romania: the Return of the Brains, Monica Alexandru Agency for Governmental Strategies, Romania
- Impact of European Scientific Researchers on Balkan Countries, Ventsislav Shopov Committee of Young Scientists, USB
- Networking as a Tool for Integration of Young Bulgarian Scientific Community in Europe, Marina Encheva, Fanny Koleva, Nadia Kolcheva Association of Doctoral Students in Bulgaria

10:15 – 10:30 Coffee break

10:30 – 11:45 Session IV – Reintegration of Young Scientists after Mobility
Moderator: Lidia Galabova Committee of Young Scientists, USB
- The Young Scientists: Some Problems and Solutions, Ognian Tsanev USB
- Researchers Mobility Policy - EU objectives and national preparation, Karina Anguelieva Ministry of Education and Science, Directorate "Scientific Research", Bulgaria
- Return and Reintegration Mechanisms after Mobility, Alyosha Dakov Foundation “EVRICA”, Bulgaria
- Problems of Young Scientists in Bulgaria, Lubomir Lubenov USB, Committee of Young Scientists, Bulgaria

11:45 – 12:00 Coffee break

12:00 – 13:00 Session V – Mobility and Brain Drain – Practical Experience
Moderator: Nikolay Vitanov, USB
Membership in European Associations: Options for Career Development Antoaneta Yotova Euroscience, Bulgaria
- Brain Drain Trends Among Young Scientists in Bulgaria in the Post-Socialist Period, Todor Galev Bulgarian Academy of Science
- BG Vs. BD  GBG : Or Sketches of my Quasi-practical Experience in Brain Gain, Brain Drain and Glasperlenspiel, Ivailo Dimitrov Institute of Philosophy, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
- Where Have All the “Good” Brains Gone?: In Search of Solutions to the Brain Drain Phenomena, Lidia Galabova Committee of Young Scientists, USB

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
End of the Workshop

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