GRC Annual Ceremony: Mobility in academia

Years of apprenticeship and travels, as in Goethe's stories of Wilhelm Meister, are common in many career fields. Young researchers must also go on travels, even though they are already experts in their subject area. Stays abroad are demanded of them if they would like to successfully acquire research funds or have the prospect of a professorship. This change of location often takes place in the context of a short-term contract and a modest salary; oftentimes also during a time when many are starting a family. Junior researchers nevertheless take on this challenge, since mobility is seldom questioned or thought about in alternative scenarios.

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