A global consortium of research staff associations (ICoRSA) gains a non-profit status


Last week, at the Vitae Research Staff Conference in Birmingham the International Consortium of Research Staff associations (ICoRSA) was officially registered as a non-profit organization based in Ireland.

ICoRSA is comprised of national and international associations that represent researchers, and provides the global research community with a collective voice in research policy. A Memorandum and Articles of Association were signed at the event.

ICoRSA was established at Euroscience Open Forum 2012 in Dublin, and included participation from policy makers representing UNESCO, the European Science Foundation, and the European Commission.

ICoRSA seeks to enhance research outcomes through the development of researcher communities worldwide, to inform international research policy, and to build a shared repository of effective and fair researcher working practices. ICoRSA envisions a global community of internationally networked researchers, where researchers establish a collective voice to influence international policy so as to enhance research outcomes and ensure that researchers' contributions are recognised and fairly rewarded through sustainable careers.

The 2013 members of the ICoRSA steering committee are:

  • Gordon Dalton, ICORSA Chair and Irish Research Staff Association
  • Chris Thomson, ICORSA Vice-Chair and UK Research Staff        Association
  • Carlos Acevedo-Rocha, World Association of Young Scientists
  • Andrew Dellis, South African Research Staff Association
  • David Finger, National Postdoctoral Association (US)
  • Miguel Jorge, National Association of Science and Technology
  • Researchers - ANICT (Portugal)
  • Ellen Pearce, Vitae (UK)
  • David Proctor

Other participating members include the Association Nationale des Docteurs (France), Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars, and the World Federation of Scientific Workers.

Also launched at the conference are the Vitae RDF Development Cards (professional development activity cards for researchers) and the bookings for the March  Leadership in Action course.