New Vitae resource looks at mobility of researchers


The Researcher mobility lens on the Vitae Researcher Development Framework is for researchers who want to improve their effectiveness in a new research environment. It is meant to increase awareness of the challenges researchers face and exploration of alternative approaches to support their transition into a new country.

The lens will help researchers to:

raise awareness of their own personal qualities in the context of what is needed to be an effective researcher in a new setting

  • enhance Self-management
  • encourage team working framed within the context of a new setting
  • build professional relationships and communication
  • increase open mindedness in social and cultural issues and scientific approach
  • initiate taking language courses in the first language of the hosting country

The Vitae Researcher Development Framework offers a comprehensive view of a successful researcher. It can be used to review development needs and progress for all researchers as they move forward in their careers.

The purpose of a lens on the Researcher Development Framework is to focus on the key knowledge, behaviours and attributes developed by researchers, and can be used for, or acquired through, particular contexts, such as teaching, enterprise or public engagement. This lens focuses on the knowledge, behaviours and attributes that researchers can use in an international context to improve their effectiveness in a new research environment.

The lens has been produced in collaboration with Euraxess, as part of the ImpactE project, which is looking at the skills researchers need to be most effective in any environment.

Other lenses currently available are Getting started in research, leadership, teaching, public engagement, information literacy, enterprise, employability, engineering, intrapreneurship. Additional lenses in development include knowledge exchange.