Since 2017 I am the scientific advisor of ApiTech (www.api-tech.it), an italian startup supporting innovation in SMEs. In September 2018 I joined the Department of Materials Science at the University of Bicocca-Milano (Italy), as tenure-track senior researcher, with support of a Rita Levi Montalcini Fellowship.
Bala Attili, PhD is currently serving as Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA) executive committee member and treasurer. Previously, he was a board member and chair of BeNeLux chapter and active contributor to internal governance and chapter management working group. Dr Attili is currently working at the University of Cambridge and Cancer Research UK- Cancer Institute at Cambridge, United Kingdom. Apart from the above mentioned professional life and qualifications, Bala is also active in non-profit organizations such as iCare (Leuven volunteer organization for old and physically challenged people). Since 2014, Bala is a Mo-Bro: An activist at the Movember foundation campaign for male prostate cancer awareness.
Originally from Portugal, I currently manage clinical research at a children’s hospital in France. I have a large experience on fundamental research, in the field of Developmental Biology, but after my MSCA Individual Fellowship in London focusing on muscular dystrophies I felt the need to move towards clinical. I have been for two years, and until recently, chair of the Policy WG. I am the MCAA representative at ISE (Initiative for Science in Europe), Policy leader at the Research Funding WG, and member of the MSCA advisory group. I like hiking, I love travelling, and I enjoy learning and exchanging ideas.
Pavlo Bazilinskyy is head of data research at a startup SD-Insights and postdoctoral researcher at TU Delft. He finished his PhD at TU Delft in automated driving as a Marie Curie Fellow. He received his Erasmus Mundus MSc in Dependable Software Systems from University of St Andrews and Maynooth University. Pavlo is involved with startups and is a chair of the Bridging Science and Business working group of MCAA.
Simon has contributed to many international conferences and keynoted at the prestigious International Entrepreneurship Educator’s Conference. Current projects include the acclaimed ‘Researcher to Innovator’ programme, and that success led to him designing and delivering ICURe, a sector leading IP exploitation programme.
ICURe has now supported over 300 teams of academics and raised over £200m in investment for the 90+ businesses that have been created.
Simon now works with many UK HEIs and organisations to help academics identify and deliver impact from their research.
Simon is a Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at The University of Wales.
Dr Brian Cahill is a Member of the Governing Board of EuroScience. He was Chair of the Marie Curie Alumni Association from March 2016 to February 2018. He supported the career development of researchers at the Institute for Academic Development of the University of Edinburgh. He studied Mechanical Engineering in Ireland and moved to Germany in 1998 to take up a position with Hewlett Packard. He received his PhD for work in electrokinetically-driven fluid flow from the ETH Zurich in 2004 and subsequently carried out postdoctoral research in colloid and interface science at the University of Geneva. He was a Marie Curie fellow and Junior Research Group Leader at the Institute for Bioprocessing and Analytical Measurement Techniques in Heilbad Heiligenstadt, where his research interests focussed on measurement techniques for droplet-based microfluidics.
Passionate of responsible development and social implications of technology, Ricardo Chavarriaga is highly interested on the translation of emerging technologies onto applications at service of society. Dr. Chavarriaga has more than 12 years of experience in human-machine interaction, brain-machine interfaces, and artificial intelligence.
Dr. Chavarriaga is the head of the Swiss office of the CLAIRE initiative on Human-Centred Artificial Intelligence and fellow at the Geneva Center for Security Policy (GCSP). Dr. Chavarriaga also chairs the IEEE Standards Association working group on Neurotechnologies for Brain-Machine Interfacing
Prof. Dr. Blaženka Divjak is the Croatian Minister for Science and Education. She has been leading four major reform processes since then: curricular reform of general education, reform of vocational education and training, enhancement of relevance of higher education and excellence of research.
She holds a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science and Mathematics and is a Full professor at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Organization and Informatics. She has served as Vice-Rector for students and study programs at the University of Zagreb (2010 – 2014) and she was twice elected Vice-Dean for scientific work and international cooperation at the Faculty of Organization and Informatics. She is the author of 8 books and over 100 scientific and professional papers in the field of mathematics, mathematical education, project management, higher education reform, learning outcomes, e-learning and science communication.
Stéphanie Gauttier is Assistant Professor at Grenoble Ecole de Management. She conducts research at the intersection of information systems, human-computer interaction, and ethics. Stéphanie holds a PhD in management information system, a masters in Political Sciences, and a masters in Communication Sciences. Stéphanie was part of the ITN EDUWORKS and then received an IF for the project GLASNOST. She participated to other European projects such as SATORI and Responsible-Industry. Stéphanie was nominated on the list of 400 women in the NL across all industries in the "bright mind" category in 2018, and have received the Brenner award for my work in Q-methodology in 2019.
Maria Górna is a group leader in structural biology at the University of Warsaw since 2015, when she received an MSCA Individual Fellowship. Previously, she obtained her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge as a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher and later worked as a postdoctoral fellow at CeMM in Vienna. Maria directed projects funded by the EMBO Installation Grant, the Foundation for Polish Science, the National Research and Development Centre, Poland and the National Science Centre, Poland. She currently serves as a MCAA Board Member (2018-2020) and works part-time for a Polish biotech start-up WPD Pharmaceuticals. Maria’s interest is in using three-dimensional models of proteins to explain or design protein function, with implications for drug discovery and health diagnostics. Through her findings and inventions, she would like to help combat viral and bacterial infections or treat human inflammatory disorders.
Gian Maria Greco is Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellow at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain), where he directs the MSCA project "Understanding Media Accessibility Quality". He is also Research Associate at the GALMA research group of the University of Vigo (Spain). His research focuses on foundational and applied issues in accessibility studies. He held university positions as post-doc, research fellow, and honorary research fellow, and has extensive experience as an accessibility consultant for public institutions and private organisations. From 2009 to 2014, he was president of POIESIS, an Italian not-for-profit organisation specialized in cultural and media accessibility. Former president and current coordinator of the Media Accessibility Platform, he has directed and participated in many European projects. He is editor-in-chief of the Newsletter of the Marie Curie Alumni Association.
Renaud Jolivet is a Group Leader at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. His research focusses on the heterocellular complexity and energetic requirements of the brain, and to a lesser extent on brain imaging technologies. His team is supported by various national and European competitive grants. Prior to that, he was a student and a postdoc in Lausanne and Zürich, Switzerland, and then a fellow in London, UK. He has also worked briefly in Japan on two occasions. Renaud Jolivet is active within MCAA since its inception, having participated to various working groups since 2014. In 2017, he was the founding Chair of the Swiss Chapter, and he was elected to the Board in 2018, where he has served since. Renaud Jolivet is also an elected Member of the Board of Directors at the Organization for Computational Neurosciences, and a Policy Advisor at the Initiative for Science in Europe since 2019.
Audry Kaune is a Costa Rican Chemist with a master degree in Sustainable Energy Technology from Eindhoven University of Technology (the Netherlands) and a specialization in Biorefinery from Aalto University (Finland). She has relevant experience in applied research projects, engineering project management and technology entrepreneurship, and she has worked as researcher and project leader in Costa Rica and in the Netherlands.
Currently, Audry is the COO of Surge-on Medical, a Dutch medtech company developing steerable, cleanable and reusable instruments for minimally invasive instruments.
Robin is one of Europe’s leading communication coaches working with CEOs, senior executives, politicians, media personalities and sales teams.
He is a popular keynote speaker and author of the best-selling book ’Speak So Your Audience Will Listen - 7 Steps to Confident and Successful Public Speaking’.
He is a respected media commentator, contributing to a wide range of newspapers from The Guardian and The Telegraph to Radio Times and Huffington Post.
Born in Lancashire, Robin spent 25 years as an actor and has been coaching for the last 15 years. He founded Zone 2 in 2007. Robin’s experience, enthusiasm and sense of humour make him a highly valued speaker and coach.
Dr. Ansgar Koene is Director and co-founder of EMLS RI ltd, a Think-Tank Research Institute for exploring future scenarios based on the interconnection of Mind Life Society. Ansgar is also Global AI Ethics and Regulatory Leader at EY where he supports the AI Lab’s Policy activities on Trusted AI; and a Senior Research Fellow at the Horizon Digital Economy Research institute, University of Nottingham.
Ansgar chairs the IEEE P7003 Standard for Algorithmic Bias Considerations working group, is the Bias Focus Group leader for the IEEE Ethics Certification Program for Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (ECPAIS), and a trustee for the 5Rgiths foundation for the Rights of Young People Online.
Ansgar has a multi-disciplinary research background, having worked and published on topics ranging from Policy and Governance of AI, data-privacy, AI Ethics, AI Standards, bio-inspired Robotics, and Computational Neuroscience to experimental Human Behaviour/Perception studies.
Freelance expert, affiliated with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Main interests and experiences: project/program management, international cooperation, policy analysis development, communication and dissemination of information, organization and delivery of trainings. In the last 10 years I have actively provided support for career development and mobility of researchers through networking, consultancy, and dissemination of information and best practices. As MSCA NCP (for the period 2013-2019) I joined the Net4mobilityPlus project team that has recently conducted analysis and has developed documents related to widening countries’ participation in MSCA (H2020) with recommendations for widening country MSCA NCPs, and to implementation of an effective MSCA promotional campaign in widening countries.
I’m a member of the MCAA Bulgaria Chapter and a member of the MCAA Policy WG.
Roberto Merino Martinez was born in Burgos (Spain) in 1991. He studied aerospace engineering at the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) in Spain and the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2018, he graduated cum laude from his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering (aeroacoustics and aircraft noise as the main topic) at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. He is now a postdoctoral researcher in the same group in Delft University of Technology and a part-time consultant for Peutz BV, a consultancy company in the Netherlands, where he develops an aeroacoustic wind tunnel.
Postdoctoral researcher at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), University of Amsterdam UvA. Her research revolves around the topics of Privacy in the digital society, Explainable Artificial intelligence (XAI) and AI and Ethics, she focuses currently on AI-related technologies used in “personalized” communication and their impacts in the areas of politics, health, and commerce. Nadia obtained her industrial PhD in computer security and privacy in 2018 from the University of Trento within the FP7 Marie Curie ITN funded project SECENTIS held in collaboration with the research foundation Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK) and SAP Next Business and Technology. Her doctoral research focused on privacy risk-aware access control systems. She also worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Milan within the research project Privacy-aware Cyber-security PACS. In 2018 she became the vice-chair of Genders, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (GEDI) Former GEMS Working Group, MCAA.
After graduating in biochemistry (expertise in immunology & parasitology) at Goethe University Frankfurt, I investigated neuronal plasticity as ESR in Paris. Image processing and analysis improved my programming skills. I started working in software development & IT consulting in 2018. Active for 13 years in associative life, I’m currently vice-president of the Young European Biotech Network, activity coordinator of the MCAA-France-Chapter, BOD member of the French Federation FEDEEH for students and young professionals with disabilities. I initiated the ResearchAbility project in 2018 at the interface of my associations aiming to facilitate access to higher education and international mobility in public research and industry for persons with disabilities. I lead the group for researchers with disabilities at MCAA-GEDI-WG and FEDEEH ResearchAbility commission, currently preparing the ResearchAbility-Europe-Tour in the fields of big data and air pollution assessment with disability awareness satellite events to communicate about the need of mobility for all researchers.
Maurice (Mo) O'Brien is a Senior Lecturer in Nursing Studies at the Cardiff University School of Healthcare Sciences and the School's Director for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and well being. Among many interests Mo has developed a well evaluated training programme (and associated project working group) focused on advancing inclusivity of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) people in teaching, learning and research environments in Higher Education. This work has been recognised nationally in the UK and currently is being embraced by Stonewall Equality Limited (The UK's largest LGBT+ support organisation) to become part of their suite of nationally recognised and available empowerment training programmes.
Head of the Research Area at Ca' Foscari University of Venice since 2014.
Focussed on bringing innovation to real life, developing international partnerships, funding the most promising researchers, investing on talents.
Devoted to boosting University's impact on global competitiveness and circulation of knowledge.
15+ years of experience in top italian universities, career development coach, Eu project management trainer.
Research proposal evaluator, Human resources strategy for research - HRS4R - lead assessor.
Honorary Recognition for "outstanding contribution for the development and growth of the Marie Curie Alumni Association"
Giuseppe Porcaro leads the outreach activities of Bruegel, including communications, media, events, and publications, as well as membership relations and the related support to the governance of the organisation. Giuseppe has been at Bruegel since 2014, and until December 2019 served as Head of Communications and Events. Giuseppe holds a Ph.D. in Geography of Development at the University of Naples "L'Orientale". He has been Secretary-General of the European Youth Forum between 2009 and 2014 and previously worked at the World Bank in Kosovo and Paris as well as the European Office of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement. Giuseppe's research interests lie with issues related to technological changes and how they affect policymaking and democracy, as well as European public opinion and discourse analysis. He is also a science-fiction writer, author of a novel about Europe and the future of democracy.
Tania Romacho is the Head of the core lab of komIT, the Competence Center fot Innovative Therapies in Diabetes at the German Diabetes Center in Düsseldorf. She was awarded a Postdoc fellow Juan de la Cierva (Talent Attraction Program) at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). Her research focuses on identifying novel therapeutic targets to treat/prevent metabolic diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes. Tania holds a BSc. in Biology (University of Granada), with Erasmus in Uppsala Universität. European PhD in Pharmacology at UAM with FPU stay at the University of Liverpoool, awarded Extraordinary prize. Postdoc at the German Diabetes Center in Düsseldorf with a Marie Curie-IEF. Young Investigator Award of the Spanish Society of Pharmacology in 2014. The Heinrich Heine University Mentoring Programme SelmaMeyerWISS+ (2014-2016) drove her interest to advocate for Genders Equity in Research and Mentoring Programs. She is Secretary of the MCAA GEDI WG since 2018.
12 years of experience in the MSCA: former Swiss MSCA NCP, coordinator of Net4Mobility; coordinator of Cofund Empapostdocs-II; consultant for the MSCA. Trainer, writer, grants advisor with additional expertise in gender dimension in research and research career development. PhD in media and communication science; trained journalist; German-Swiss double nationality; likes dancing, ice-skating, baking and reading.
Mostafa is a Vice-Chair of MCAA who successfully manages the internal governance & sponsorship of the Association. He led the organization of 2019 MCAA Annual Conference with more than 800 registrations and 24 parallel sessions. He is a founding member of MCAA Austrian Chapter and Research Funding working group. He was Austrian chapter chair from 2017 till 2018. His trainings and expertise include Project Management, Science Diplomacy, Intercultural Competences, and Alumni Relations. He has organized sessions and trainings on Career paths for researchers, Science Diplomacy, Entrepreneurships at national & international events including World Science Forum 2019 and European Open Science Forum 2018. He is a nanotechnology researcher based in Austria. He worked at projects funded by European Research Council, Austrian Science Fund and COST. From his masters’ work in Netherlands and research endeavours in Belgium, he gathered variety of experience and established an effective network of peers.
Dr. David M. Smith is the Director General of the Ruđer Bošković Institute (RBI) in Zagreb. Prior to assuming this position in March 2018, he was Assistant Director of the RBI from 2009 to 2014, the Head of the Division of Physical Chemistry (at the RBI) in 2016 and 2017, during which time he was also a special advisor to the Minister of Science, Education and Sports for Research and Development.
Dr. Smith began his scientific career in Australia, where he completed his PhD in 2000. From 2001 to 2004 he was a postdoctoral fellow in Munich, Germany. As a prominent computational chemist, he has published 65 scientific articles, which have been cited over 1500 times with an associated H index of 20. He has also led and participated in numerous domestic and international projects, including several financed under the European Framework Programs.
As a policy adviser for the Royal Society of Chemistry in Cambridge, UK, I write policy documents and advocacy plans to influence regulation related to research environments, researcher careers and open science. I transitioned to a career in policy after I concluded my Marie Skłodowska-Curie post-doctoral Fellowship at the University of Cambridge, where I worked on the molecular understanding of neurodegenerative diseases. I became an active member of MCAA over three years ago and am vice-chair of the MCAA Policy Working Group since 2018.
Dr Theodoridou holds a PhD in Conservation Science from the University of Bologna (Marie Curie Actions) and a degree in Civil Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Magda has worked as a research and teaching fellow in Italy, Hungary, Cyprus and the UK, with scientific contributions to the design and development of novel construction materials, and the innovative application of micro/non-destructive techniques for building materials’ characterisation. Currently, she works as MSC individual fellow at Cardiff University on biological self-healing mechanisms for sustainable construction and heritage conservation. Magda has dedicated herself to ensure equality and diversity among scientists. Since 2018, she has been the Chair of the Genders, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (former GEMS) MCAA Working Group. She envisions the dissemination of their work to the broader society and the engagement of more people to address equal opportunities in career development in research, as well as a healthy work-life balance.
Lidia is an originator of the session topic and the panel moderator.
Her contributions in the session involve the 14-year professional both academic and industrial or R&D European sector perspectives (3 public universities, 2 multinationals, 1 public research institute, 2 state agencies, 1 private non-profit transfer technology centre), from which she gained the numerous professional intra and inter-dimensional insights.
She is the MSCA-IF-2016 and MSCA-EST-2004 grants recipient. Since 2018, she has been actively involved within Policy Working Group of MCAA.
Regarding her technical competences, Lidia is also a European Commission's Subject matter expert on several interdisciplinary areas: chemical and environmental engineering, civil engineering, waste treatment, circular economy, material engineering.
Since 2017, she has become the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions (MSCA) programme honoured ambassador.
Since February 2018 Esther is chairing the Benelux Chapter which was elected as best Chapter during the General Assembly 2019. She is further supporting the chapter management working group and a number of external collaborations and events.
Christian Weber is a post-doc researcher with the Institute of Knowledge-Based Systems and Knowledge Management (KBS & KM), University of Siegen, Germany. The focus of his PhD was on developing a semantic and structure-aware concept importance measure for concepts within domain ontologies for the scope of technology enhanced learning. His research interests include intelligent systems and semantic technologies, machine learning and industry 4.0 applications - with a strong focus on supporting human centred applications. When he is not in close contact with the industry to find new ways to deploy human-aware AI solutions for a smarter production, he is excited to push the boundaries of PhD education. With the newly funded Erasmus+ strategic partnership for higher education OEduverse, he is planning with a well placed consortium to create a summer school based training curriculum to push more sustainable researcher careers through the lens of open science.
I am a Translation Studies scholar, as well as a translator, and held a Marie Curie Fellowship from 2010 to 2012 at the Sorbonne University - Paris 3, in France. My research project was on translation and gender. I have taught French and English, as well as translation, in several universities in Canada and Switzerland. I studied French and English Literature at the University of Geneva and completed a PhD in Comparative Literature at the Université de Montréal, in Canada. My areas of research and interests are: translation studies, the history of translation, philosophical hermeneutics, literary theory, comparative literature, gender studies and intercultural communication. I am also very interested in women’s writing and have published several articles on Madame de Staël and Nancy Huston.
Patchareerat Yanaprasart, PhD, works at the École de langue et de civilisation françaises and La Maison des Langues, University of Geneva and also teaches at the Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences. Among her research interests and domains of expertise are: language learning and teaching, linguistic integration and migration, language diversity and cross-cultural management in higher education and multinational corporations, intercultural communication and multilingual
Graduated at the Faculty of Philology of the University of Belgrade, Serbia. Master degree gained at the University of Montenegro, in the field of comparative education policy. A UWCAD alumna. After gaining working experience in different sectors: education, business, NGO, she started working in the public administration (Ministry of Education and Science, later Ministry of Science), in 2007. She has led numerous projects in the field of design and implementation of research policies (national, EU, World Bank). Currently, she is carrying out the duty of the general director for innovation and technology development in the Ministry of Science of Montenegro (since June 2018).
With regard to Marie Curie Actions, she has initiated and coordinated the first two Researchers' Night in Montenegro projects (2010 and 2011), whereby she became entitled to be a MCAA member. She is a member of the Western Balkans Chapter of the MC Alumni Association.