Nencki Institute recognized by the European Commission
The Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw is the first research institution in Poland to be recognized with the prestigious HR Excellence in Research logo. It is awarded by the European Commission to research institutions complying with the provisions of the European Charter for Researchers.
The European Commission awarded the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw with the prestigious HR Excellence in Research logo. The Nencki Institute is the first Polish research institution to comply with the guidelines of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, specifying among other the mechanisms for the recruitment of researchers and methods of financing their research.
The European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct, adopted by the European Commission in 2005, specify the role, rights and duties of researchers, their employees and funding agencies. An important goal of introducing such provisions is to popularize research work as an attractive professional career path. To date, only 115 research-related institutions in 22 European countries have been recognized with the HR Excellence in Research logo, which identifies particularly attractive work environments.
“Conditions for conducting scientific research in our Institute turned out to be so favourable, that meeting the formal requirements in order to receive the HR Excellence in Research accreditation generally boiled down to executing a formal check for compliance of the present conditions at Nencki with the European guidelines”, emphasizes Prof. Urszula Sławińska, deputy director for scientific research at the Nencki Institute.
The Scientific Council of the Nencki Institute has adopted the provisions of the European Charter for Researchers in December of 2009. An internal analysis conducted at the Institute showed that some standards have already been met under Polish law such as the Labour Code and the Act on the Polish Academy of Sciences, while other under acts of the Polish Academy of Sciences, such as the Ethical Code. “The remaining guidelines have been implemented under Institute’s internal acts, passed by the Scientific Council, such as those regulating the manner and mode of organizing competitions for research positions”, says Urszula Dziewulska, head of the HR and recruitment department.
An internal analysis showed that at the application stage for the HR Excellence in Research accreditation, Nencki has already implemented the provisions of the European Charter of researchers in 95%. Some of the regulations, such as those governing the availability of checking the outcome of the recruitment process, needed to be expanded to include PhD candidates apart from regular researchers.
The institutions awarded with the HR Excellence in Research logo are subject to control executed by the European Commission every two years. In case of any discrepancies, the right to use the logo may be revoked.
The HR Excellence in Research accreditation holds not only prestigious but also practical significance. As its holder the Nencki Institute has a right, among other, to place its advertisements on European recruitment platform EURAXESS (euraxess.pl).
Before Nencki received the accreditation, the only institution recognized with the HR Excellence in Research logo in Poland was the Foundation for Polish Science.
The Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology of the Polish Academy of Sciences has been established in 1918 and is the largest non-university centre for biological research in Poland. Priority fields for the Institute include neurobiology, neurophysiology, cellular biology and biochemistry and molecular biology – at the level of complexity from tissue organisms through cellular organelles to proteins and genes. There are 31 labs at the Institute, among them modern Laboratory of Confocal Microscopy, Laboratory of Cytometry, Laboratory of Electron Microscopy, Behavioural and Electrophysiological Tests. The Institute is equipped with state-of-the-art research equipment and modernized animal house, where lab animals are bred, also transgenic animals, in accordance with the highest standards. Quality of experiments, publications and close ties with the international science community, place the Institute among the leading biological research centres in Europe.
Prof. Urszula Sławińska
Deputy Director for Scientific Research
Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology in Warsaw
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HR Excellence in Research logo awarded to the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. (Source: Nencki Institute)