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Human Resources Strategy for Researchers

Human Resources Strategy for Researchers

Åbo Akademi University has committed to the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) process of the European Commission.

The HRS4R process has been designed to help institutions of higher education and research develop their activities in line with the principles in the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Charter & Code).

The Charter & Code consist of 40 fundamental principles supporting the creation of attractive research careers and favourable working conditions for researchers throughout Europe. The principles are organized under four thematic headings:

  • Ethical and Professional Aspects
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Working Conditions and Social Security
  • Training and Development

By implementing the Charter & Code, we aim at developing and maintaining a stimulating working environment for researchers to ensure motivated, highly qualified and skilled human resources in research and innovation. This also contributes to creating an attractive, open and sustainable labour market for researchers within the European Research Area.

The HRS4R process at Åbo Akademi University

The Rector has assigned a Steering Group to oversee the HRS4R process and a Project Group to follow-up the implementation of the process at Åbo Akademi University.

Initial phase

During the initial phase in 2019, researchers and administrators have been engaged in an analysis on how the principles in the Charter & Code are currently implemented at Åbo Akademi University through regulations, steering documents and current practice. Based on the analysis, an Action Plan according to the the HRS4R template has been designed to address shortcomings and develop the activities related to researchers’ working conditions and recruitment.

HRS4R Action Plan for Åbo Akademi University 2020-2021

Implementation phase

The first phase of the implementation of the Action Plan is 2020–2021.

The HRS4R process will be implemented according to the scheme below:


Further information:

Pia Le Grand
HR Specialist, International Affairs
+358 50 341 3192


Updated 31.12.2019