From 7-9 September 2018, the “Global mobility of employees” (GLOMO) Kickoff workshop took place in Hamburg, Germany, together with all 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) and the very proud and active representatives of the GLOMO beneficiary institutions, partner organisations and advisory board – all flying in from all across Europe
The meeting aimed at kicking off the recruitment period of the 15 ESRs within the 4 million EU research project GLOMO under the Project leadership of Prof. Dr. Maike Andresen, University of Bamberg, Germany. The GLOMO consortium from across Europe builds an ambitious and unique network of experts in the field of global labour mobility in a longer-term bid to tackle increasing labour and skills shortages in the EU.
We are looking forward to three years of intensive knowledge creation around global mobility and its impact on careers and society while training the 15 ESRs for inter– and multidisciplinary research and also equipping them with practice related skills. During the kickoff-meeting the entire consortium critically discussed the 15 GLOMO sub-projects that will be worked on in the next three years. All researchers highlighted once again the need for a truly international, interdisciplinary approach to deal with the 15 sub-projects.
Within GLOMO 11 women and 4 men from all over the world were recruited: The ESRs come from 13 different countries and are now spread across the beneficiary institutions in 6 European countries (and will soon again be seconded to other institutions and other countries). This mirrors again that mobility of employees not only is the theoretical and thematic focus of the action, but it will also be lived through the action.
Through its structure, GLOMO is an ambitious and unique network of senior and junior scholars in the field of global mobility. All network partners are engaged in a shared topic, which is highly relevant theoretically as well as in practice. Thus, the project does not only thematically but also through its implementation represent “lived Europe”. It is concerned with exchange and network cooperation across many different cultures – be it national, organisational or research field cultures.
We are particularly proud that we also have the AIRBUS Group as corporate beneficiary in our GLOMO network. Airbus hosts one ESR on their premises and will be actively involved in corroborating the empirical findings in the cross-level research framework of the GLOMO international employer audit.
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