Providing a global voice for research staff and postdoctoral scholars
Researchers are a highly mobile part of the global research enterprise. Policy concerning research careers is determined internationally through a variety of global organisations. At present, there is no consistent voice representing research staff and postdoctoral scholars in international policy. The International Consortium of Research Staff Associations (ICoRSA) will provide this collective voice, advocate on behalf of research staff and postdoctoral scholars, and inform international research policy. The UK Research Staff Association
supported by Vitae
, the US National Postdoctoral Association
, and the Irish Research Staff Association
are currently the driving force behind ICoRSA, with increasing involvement from other national and international associations that together constitute the founding membership.
The mission of ICoRSA is to expand its network among existing researcher associations, but more importantly to sow the seeds of formation of new associations in countries where RSA do not yet exist. In the emerging economies in particular, ICoRSA aims to play an ambassadorial role in developing new RSA and promoting research in general.