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Human Resource Strategy For Researchers (HRS4R)


The European Commission's Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) aims to ensure the attractiveness of research careers and to improve the recruitment and working conditions of researchers across Europe.

It provides for the respect, on a voluntary basis, of the principles set out in the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. This approach leads to an improvement in the practices of research institutions in terms of recruitment and working conditions for researchers.


The University of Tours launches the HRS4R approach

The University of Tours has been considering the "HR Excellence in Research" label since March 2019.

After consultation with the various bodies of the institution and a vote by the Administration Council (CA) on 8 July 2019, the University of Tours confirms its support for the HRS4R labelling project by signing the charter and code of conduct. The official letter of intent was sent to the European Commission on 1 October 2019, marking its commitment to the "Human Resources Strategy for Researchers" (HRS4R) labelling procedure.

It should be noted that, due to the Covid-19 health crisis, a request for a 3-month extension was requested and accepted : the deadline for sending a response was set for 1 January 2021.

Formation of the Strategic Steering Committee (SSC) :

- composition of the SSC

- kick-off meeting for the HRS4R action on 12 June 2019

Launch of the Working Groups (WG) around the 40 items, presented in the principles of the Charter and the Code of Conduct, divided into 4 groups :

- professional and ethical aspects (WG1) : meetings held on 11/09/2019, 13/11/2019 and 17/12/2019

- recruitment (WG2) : meetings held on 11/09/2019 and 21/10/2019

- working conditions and social security (WG3) : meetings held on 8/10/2019 and 19/11/2019

- training and Development (WG4) : meetings held on 4/09/2019, 2/10/2019 and 12/11/2019


In charge of the procedure : Jérôme CASAS

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