Postgraduates' International Network
About the PINET:
PINET was founded in 1998 with compromises of 7 national postgraduate organizations.
PINET is a non-governmental, self-governing organization with registered membership. It operates with its own constitution for all the postgraduate students and researchers.
The main aim of the Network is to encourage and facilitate the communication and co-operation between associations dealing with or representing postgraduate students or researchers. Furthermore, PI-NET intends to provide international forums and publishing opportunities for the postgraduate students and researchers to publish their observations, achievements, and to convey up-to-date knowledge.
Aims of PINET:
a) to encourage and facilitate communication and co-operation between postgraduate organizations and young researchers, in order to convey up-to-date knowledge throughout the world;
b) to facilitate international mobility in the field of postgraduate studies;
c) to encourage and support the international recognition of national postgraduate qualifications;
d) to establish contact with and support the development of newly formed postgraduate education systems all over the world;
e) to encourage the autonomy of institutions of higher education and research;
f) to encourage the national and international flow of information within the scientific and professional world;
g) to provide international forum for the postgraduate students and researchers to publish their observations and achievements;
h) to gather information about the position of postgraduate students and researchers;
i) to help to enforce the Human Rights in the fields of higher Education.
a) to organize the scientific public life;
b) to organize the scientific publicity divided in academic disciplines;
c) to maintain databases in relation with the Network's purposes;
d) to provide an interactive database for postgraduate students and young scholars as a tool for getting information about different national institutions and studying or working possibilities;
e) to maintain an electronic index of researchers divided in academic disciplines;
f) to organize conferences and to publish informational and scientific reviews;
g) to integrate the resources devoted to higher education and research;
h) to make partnerships with important associations of the national and international Academic and Scientific world;
i) to take over the representation of the interest of young researchers and scientist and to provide forums for their opinion;
j) to provide the participation of postgraduate students and researchers in decision-making;
k) to establish contact with civil and governmental organizations dealing with postgraduate formations, with institutions and associations for the reinforcement of the interest of the postgraduate students and researchers.
What does the PINET offer as opposed to other international scientific organizations?
The Network's contacts are not limited to Europe. Our partners are national organizations from all around the world, from Australia through Brazil to Canada. The endeavour of PINET is in accordance with the Statement of UNESCO International Forum of Young Scientists, held in Budapest, Hungary, in 1999: ,,Science can help to reduce the gap between the developed and developing countries by ensuring that scientific information flows freely and to all parts of the world".
PINET is bound to co-operate with UNESCO in order to fulfill the conditions mentioned above.
The PINET currently employs four staff.
Gréta Czene - President
Péter Fülöp - Legal Secretary
Noémi Timár - Office Manager
Csilla Gradwohl - International Coordinator
The First International Conference of Postgraduate Student Organizations was held in 1997. At the final day of the Conference, the Postgraduates' International Network was established by representatives of postgraduate students' associations from 7 countries.
Since then other postgraduate students' associations joined the Network from all around the world.
In 2001, PINET was accepted and registered by the Hungarian court, as a non-governmental organization.
In spite of registration, the international network had no meaningful operations for many years.
The Network was recently reorganized. The upcoming 2011 PINET Conference is also an opportunity to deepen professional relationships with Postgraduates' Student- and Researchers' Association from all around the world, who have already joined or would like to join the Network.
About the 2011 PINET Conference:
The theme of this Conference is ,,The alternatives of the doctoral students' future". It will be held in Budapest from the 16th to 18th of November, 2011.
The Conference will be held together with the outstanding World Science Forum.
The fifth World Science Forum will be organized by the Hungarian Academy of Science in partnership with UNESCO, ICSU, and AAAS in Budapest from the 17th to 19th of November, 2011.
The main theme of the 2011 Forum will be ,,The Changing Landscape of Science - Challenges and Opportunities". World leading scientists and science policy makers would like to present the different aspects of this subject focusing on some of the most important issues of science and global society.
Patrons of the World Science Forum 2011 are: SCHMITT Pál, President of Hungary; José Manuel Dur?o BARROSO, President of European Commission; Irina BOKOVA, Director General of UNESCO and Catherine BRÉCHIGNAC, President of ICSU.
Presenters of the International Conference will be chosen from the renowned scientists of the World Science Forum.
The aim of PI-NET is to encourage and facilitate the communication and co-operation between associations dealing with or representating postgraduate students or researchers. Furthermore, PI-NET intends to provide international forums and publishing opportunities for the postgraduate students and researchers to publish their observations, achievements, and to convey up-to-date knowledge.
The Conference is also an opportunity to deepen professional relationships with Postgraduates' Student- and Researchers' Association from all around the world, who have already joined or would like to join the Network.
Entry into the PINET:
Written application is needed for the entry into the association. Registration fee is 100usd