Empowering young scientists for their future

While improvements at policy level are a long-term process, PCDI also targets early career researchers directly. By providing information and tools, PCDI empowers researchers to give direction and take charge of their professional development.

The demands society has set for scientists has changed. Excellence in scientific research is no longer the only determinant to be successful. Good scientists also show professional conduct, which includes leadership, the ability to communicate effectively in (multidisciplinary) teams, contribute to knowledge circulation (outreach) and are involved in discussions on societal issues.

PCDI programmes allow scientists self-assessment, create awareness on their present skills and provide training to (further) develop broad professional/transferrable skills. PCDI offers targeted activities that make an impact on researchers’ careers as they channel their career development towards being science professionals – who are equally employable outside the academic research context.

After all, it is known that the majority of PhD researchers who start a PhD will continue their career outside academia. Scientists with broad professional skills will be in demand in an innovation-based economy for their ability to link science to innovative solutions to societal challenges.