As an internationally oriented university, the University of Potsdam aims to offer an attractive and stimulating working environment for researchers from Germany and abroad. Against this background, the university has decided to implement the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (in short: Charter and Code). The University of Potsdam has thus committed itself to implementing the Charter and Code in a strategic process and is actively participating in this procedure at the European level.
For this purpose, the human resources management for researchers at the University of Potsdam was analyzed with regard to four thematic core areas, both in the faculties and at the central level of the university:
1. Ethical and professional aspects
(e.g., ethical principles, accountability, contractual and legal obligations, public engagement, dissemination and exploitation of results)
(e.g. selection, transparency, recognition of mobility experience)
3. Working conditions and social security
(e.g., stability and permanence of employment, funding and salaries, gender balance, reconciliation of work and family life)
4. Training and development of early-career researchers
(e.g., supervision, training opportunities)
Based on this analysis, the University of Potsdam developed an action plan to obtain the “Human Resources Excellence in Research” Award and submitted it to the European Commission. In February 2016, the University of Potsdam received the award; in July 2018, the university’s progress in implementing the action plan was evaluated positively by reviewers of the European Commission.
In January 2022, the implementation of the HRS4R at the University of Potsdam was again evaluated by the European Commission, this time in conjunction with a (virtual) site visit by the reviewers to the University of Potsdam. In May 2022, the European Commission renewed the HR Award of the University of Potsdam for a further three years. A milestone on the way to the renewal of the HR Award is the University of Potsdam’s OTM-R strategy, published in July 2021, which is intended to serve as a guideline for open, transparent personnel selection procedures based on aptitude and performance criteria.