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ESSSI 2016     The VIIth Conference of the European Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction

Integrating Interactionist Traditions: Building Theoretical, Methodological, and Disciplinary Bridges in the Study of Everyday Life

July 4th-8th, 2016, Topola, Bulgaria

The aim of the Conference is to bring together prominent scholars with rich and diverse backgrounds in the field of social psychology and symbolic interactionism from a number of disciplines, countries, and continents. It seeks to expand upon the organizational experiences and successful practices established through the previous conferences that the EU SSSI has hosted in Pisa (2010), Kassel (2011), Rotterdam (2012), Uppsala (2013), Aalborg (2014), and Salford (2015), with the support of the SSSI.

For more information visit http://www.esssi2016.bg/

The Institute for Population and Human Studies was awarded by the European Commission the right to use "HR Excellence in Research" logo

HR 01In May 2016 the European Commission awarded the Institute for Population and Human Studies the use of "HR Excellence in Research" logo. Award will enable the IHPS to join the European research area and to ensure better working conditions and career development of researchers and the free flow of knowledge and open labor market.

The "HR Excellence in Research" logo is an award that identifies institutions and organizations as suppliers and supporters of a stimulating and rewarding work environment or as a financial institution that promotes the provision of such a favorable environment through its rules on funding.

Human resources strategy for researchers (HRS4R) provides support to employers and financing organizations of researchers in the practical implementation of the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of scientists.This is a phased process that enables organizations to effectively integrate these principles in their own human resources policies. The aim is to promote attractive research careers and to improve the conditions of work and employment for researchers across Europe.

The process will be implemented in five steps:

  1. Preparation of the Internal Gap Analysis.
  2. Preparation of the Human Resource Strategy for Researchers and the Action Plan 2015-2017.
  3. Application for the HR Excellence in Research acknowledgement from the European Commission.
  4. Implementation stage and self-assessment every two years after the acknowledgement.
  5. External evaluation and re-application after 4 years of receiving the acknowledgement.

The team who is preparing the internal analysis and the action plan includes: Assoc. Professor Antoaneta Russinova-Hristova (Director of IHPS), Assoc. Professor Tatyana Kotzeva (Senior Researcher from the Department of Demography, HR Logo Contact Person), Assoc. Professor Ergyul Tair (Senior Researcher from the Department of Psychology), Venera Rousseva (Human Resources Employee), Assis. Professor Ilina Nacheva (Junior Researcher from the Department of Psychology), Martin Tsenov (PhD candidate from the Department of Psychology), Elena Yotsova (Chief Accountant).

Internal analysis of conformity assessment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers

HR Strategy

Action plan October, 2015 – October, 2017

Further Informations on the HRS4R:

EURAXESS - HRS4R (official website of the European Commission)

List of HRS4R-acknowledged institutions

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About us

The Institute for Population and Human Studies is an academic centre for theoretical and applied research in different fields of demography and psychology.

The mission of IPHS is to carry out demographic and psychological research aimed at studying regularities and determinants of population and individual development. Analyses of reproduction processes and psychological mechanisms for regulation of behaviour with the purpose of assisting institutions in the implementation of strategies and policies for social and personal growth in the process of European integration and world globalization.

IPHS' key research areas are as follows:

  • Structural changes in population due to falling birth rates, ageing, migration, destabilisation of the family institution, morbidity and other demographic challenges;
  • Demographic behaviour changes: Theories, methodological research and empirical analyses in conditions of economic and demographic crisis;
  • Integration processes and national identity in the context of ethnic, religious, etc. diversity, increased population mobility and globalization;
  • Changes in personal potential for development and lifelong learning and creating practical approaches for improving the quality of life.