Mid-Career Development


The EISA takes seriously the challenges of professional development for mid- and advanced-career scholars. Mid and advanced career scholars are all involved in efforts to consolidate and develop research and teaching skills, to formulate and complete research projects, and to lead and develop institutions. The EISA strives to offer spaces with room for exchanging ideas for how these challenges might be handled. At its yearly conference, it therefore organizes workshops, cafés and seminars with shifting foci. At PEC 2019 in Sofia it organizes a Project Café, a writing skills workshop and a special panel on ERC grant applications.



Project Café

How does one live with the ever growing project pressure? Ranging from get ideas about what to focus on, a network to anchor it in, an institutional setting supporting it, a team doing it, publications, outreach related it and the “afterlife” that follows any project. In this café, five scholars with longstanding experience with project development, management and completion informally discuss, demystify and answer specific questions about the tricks of the project trade. The workshop is organized around different project types: EU projects, national research council projects, private foundations, action oriented projects and university based projects. The aim is to generate space for discussion that are specifically tailored to different kinds of grant facilities.



Writing Workshop with Prof. Beate Jahn

As part of its career development initiatives, EISA has decided to offer a workshop on writing. It addresses writing related issues faced by scholars at all stages of their professional life: lack of time, issues of inspiration and motivation, writer’s block, the pressure of deadlines. The workshop offers a systematic understanding of the writing process, concrete strategies for time management, and different types of writing practices.


Participants need to bring a pen and paper.

You can apply for this great workshop  while making your online registration for PEC 2019. The registration for PEC 2019 will be announced soon.

The number of places is limited and they will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.



ERC Lunch Panel

Applying for ERC funding – myths vs. reality.

Simona Abbatangelo from the ERC is organizing a lunch panel specifically geared to discussing the process involved in obtaining ERC funding.

If you have ideas or suggestions for future workshops, seminars and cafes in the EWIS or other activities you would like to see developed, please send an email to anna.leander@graduateinstitute.ch.