On 8 -10 November 2016, PERFORM organised an advocacy training for a group of fourteen young social science researchers in Belgrade. Aim of the training was to equip the participants with basic skills and capacities to perform advocacy work related to improving the framework conditions for young (social science) researchers in Serbia.
This training was only the first step towards developing a fully-fledged advocacy strategy. PERFORM will provide future support to this group of young researchers, in terms of ongoing coaching and follow-up meetings to ensure that advocacy strategies and specific action plans are developed towards the realisation of the tentatively identified advocacy objectives. Once finalised, advocacy objectives will also be presented to a wider group of young academics in order to validate their top priority as well as provide the small group of young researchers the credibility and buy-in from other researchers to forge ahead with their advocacy strategies.
In 2016 PERFORM supported a group of junior scientists from all six WB countries to develop a Joint Opinion on their position in their national science systems, which also included recommendations on how to improve that position. PERFORM also supported participation of young researchers in the Joint Science Conference held in Vienna, in May 2016.
Having in mind final declaration of the ‘Berlin Process’ from the last Summit in Paris (July 2016), the positive feedback of the main stakeholders regarding the recommendations for improving the position of young researchers in the WB, and interest of the EU Commission to provide new mobility programmes for young researchers from the WB, PERFORM wants to support a group of young researchers from Serbia to advocate for speeding up implementation of some of the recommendations under the Berlin Process.