Researchers without borders (#EU4PHD)

The two-day event “Researchers without borders” (#EU4PHD) which took place in Paris on the 11th and 12th of December 2017 was organized by the Association Bernard Gregory (ABG), the French-German University (FGU) and the French-Italian University (FIU) and supported by the European Commission. It brought together representatives of companies, research institutes, mobility funding bodies and career advisors from different European countries to discuss about mobility and career development for PhDs in Europe.

92 participants attended the event which was opened by Dr Vincent Mignotte, Executive Director of the ABG, Prof Dr David Capitant, President of the FGU, Dr Jean-Claude Arditti, Executive Committee Member of the FIU as well as Katrin Fehringer, Euraxess Coordinator. During two days, participants were able to deepen their knowledge of Europe's research landscape, recruitment processes in Europe's academic and industrial sectors, grants and funding for (post)doctoral mobility and career opportunities in Europe through plenary sessions, workshops, individual advisory sessions and a fair. The event was a great success. This was reflected not only in the quantitative evaluation form filled in by the participants, speakers and exhibitors but also in the very positive testimonials in terms of quality.

Mobility and career development for PhDs in Europe, the topics of the event, are issues of current relevance to the FGU. That’s why, in 2017, the FGU conducted a survey amongst 120 young scientists who had done a Franco-German PhD (cotutelle de thèse). The survey showed that many young scientists funded by the FGU had already been internationally mobile even before their cotutelle de thèse. About 20% of them had even already completed a joint degree programme between France and Germany supported by the FGU before being funded for their PhD. After their cotutelle de thèse they are also generally mobile: approximately 70% of them are currently working in an international context. And they are usually quick to find a job: most respondents (63%) had found a job appropriate to their skills and capacities within the first three months following the defence of their cotutelle de thèse. Furthermore, over 40% of them occupy leading positions with significant supervisory or project responsibilities. The survey therefore shows that doing a cotutelle de thèse has an instantly positive impact on employment and career development.

The following contains information material provided by the branch office ABG-FGU (Bérénice Kimpe) about the the two-day event “Researchers without borders”.

Here you can find the press release, the program, the list of speakers and their presentations:

Read – download the press release:



Full sessions  (VIDEOS):

The plenary sessions of the two days dedicated to researchers and their mobility have been recorded. Please click below to live or re-live each detailed video session on ABG’s Youtube channel. Every intervention is accessible through a specific link (in the description section below each video).

December, monday 11th [morning]

Career opportunities in European research institutes: BIST, ICN2, DKFZ, Karolinska Institute, LIH, LISER
Research landscape in Europe (part 1): Germany, Norway, Czech Republic

December, monday 11th [noon]

Recruitment process and mobility in academia; IIT, ICN2, LIH
Doctoral and postdoctoral funding schemes (part 1): DAAD, EU-fellowships, French-German University, French-Italian University
Recruitment process in industry: Novartis, RTDI, Atos, Novo Nordisk
Apéro Doc

December, tuesday 12th [morning]

Mobility challenges and employers’ best practice: Eurodoc, Euraxess, Resaver, University of Copenhagen
Career opportunities beyond academia (incl. international organisations)

December, tuesday 12th [noon]

Research landscape (part 2): Great-Britain, Belgium
Public-private partnerships in Europe: LIST/Goodyear, Atos, ANRT
Doctoral and postdoctoral funding schemes (part 2): fundit, Royal Society, FNRS, EIT InnoEnergy, bilateral programmes from the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs

#EU4PHD in pictures

To live or re-live these two days, you can also take a look at our 2 Twitter stories [Downloadable pdf]:


Researchers mobility is necessary and benefits both at the individual and global scale. In order to explain how, the three organizing actors [ABG, FGU and FIU] have answered a few questions in this series of mini-interviews entitled : Mobility as a PhD and available in a playlist dedicated to mobility and career days # EU4PHD on ABG’s Youtube channel.

Read the interview of partners

To get further information on the event, please consult the website of the ABG…

… or contact us:

Bérénice Kimpe (ABG & FGU)
International cooperation & EU-projects
Tel.: +33 1 42 74 45 46 / +33 6 83 99 69 96
E-Mail: antenne-abg(at)

Eva-Maria Hengsbach (FGU)
Doctoral programs
Tel.: +49 (0) 681/93812-124
E-Mail: hengsbach(at)

Guillaume Castel (FGU)
Tel.: +49 (0) 681/93812-196
E-Mail: castel(at)