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.


Writing Workshop with Prof. Beate Jahn

Date: 11 September 2019

Time: 11:00 - 13:30

Room: Room 2

Convenor: 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.

Please apply for this great workshop  by sending an email to info@eisapec19.org. The deadline is 26 August. The number of places is limited and they will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.


Project Writing Café Workshop

Date: 13 September 2019

Time: 13:00 - 14:30

Room: Room 201

Convenor: Prof. Anna Leander

The project writing café is set up as part of the early and mid-career activities of the EISA. The aim is to share experience and advice about project writing. In contemporary academia everyone is under pressure to obtain funding. Peer discussion and advice is an indispensable complement to the perspective advanced by university research offices and administration. It is also a way of generating support and solidarity in inherently and inescapably divisive competitive funding application processes. The initiative grew out of membership demand. We are gathering people who have a broad experience with grant management of different kinds and in different contexts. Considering your extensive experience it would be fantastic if you would be willing to contribute.

The café begins by each presenter talking about the projects they have run and what they would consider the three most important things to take into account when writing projects (5 mins each). We will then split up into “café tables” so that people can ask specific questions that are relevant to specific contexts and/or funding instruments (40 mins). We will reconvene the panel (unless the tables are so busy talking that they refuse) for a discussion about the link between project writing and running the project.


ERC panel - Supporting creative minds – Funding opportunities at the European Research Council

Date: 14 September 2019

Time: 13:00 - 14:30

Room: Room Conference Hall

Convenor: Simona Abbatangelo

ERC funds the very best researchers from around the world to investigate topics of their own choosing at the frontier of knowledge. Projects supported by ERC should have the potential to substantially transform their scientific area. Scientists with a PhD older than 2 years and willing to work for part of their time at a host institution in the EU or countries associated to the Framework Programme H2020 (e.g. Switzerland, Norway, Israel, Turkey, etc.) can apply. There are no restrictions on research topic, researcher nationality, current affiliation or age as ERC would like to attract the best researchers to come to Europe for projects of up to 6 years with a funding level between 1.5 and 10 million EUR (depending on the call).


In the first part of this session, we will explain how the ERC application and evaluation process works. In addition, International Relations scientists who have successfully applied to ERC will share their experiences of the preparation and evaluation phase. Tips and tricks on how to run an ERC grant will be provided and participants will have the possibility to ask questions.


Please apply for this great workshop  by sending an email to info@eisapec19.org. The deadline is 26 August. The number of places is limited and they will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

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 valeriab3@blanquerna.url.edu.