Parallel Session 1 - Alumni Engagement- Why and how to become an active MCAA member?

Saturday, 28 March, 2020 - 10:30 - 12:00
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Congratulations! You are now a member of the Marie Curie Alumni Association. You have access to many privileges; the most interesting - and overlooked by most - is to actively participate in the life of the MCAA.
In this session, four active MCAA members coming from different backgrounds and at different stages in their careers will tell you about their experiences. They will discuss the reasons why they got involved in the first place, their path within the association, and how their CV and careers were impacted. And, importantly, they will show how the engagement of its active members makes the MCAA a successful association, in parallel to the member’s personal and professional growth. A very informal chat with the audience will give feedback on how to find a niche for every member to contribute, taking into account the scarce free time available of busy researchers and the effort one is willing to put on volunteering activities. This session will also be an opportunity for MCAA members to give their feedback on how to improve quality engagement.

Speakers

Esther Volz
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.
Fernanda Bajanca
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
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.

Moderators

Fernanda Bajanca
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.