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3rd May: German NCP MSCA Webinar: How to Write a Successful MSCA Individual Fellow Proposal

3rd May: German NCP MSCA Webinar: How to Write a Successful MSCA Individual Fellow Proposal

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On Wednesday, 3 May 2017, the German National Contact Point for the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions will hold a webinar in English on the application for individual fellowships. This is aimed at non-German speaking researchers based in Germany or planning to apply for an Individual Fellowship at a German host institution. The webinar starts at 2 pm and lasts approximately one hour; In the follow-up, you can ask questions. There is no participation fee for the webinar. However, prior registration is required at:

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Wednesday, 3 May, 2017 - 14:00 - 15:00
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03/05/2017 - 14:00 - 15:00
A discussion on Brexit: the impact on science & innovation in the UK and the rest of Europe

A discussion on Brexit: the impact on science & innovation in the UK and the rest of Europe

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EuroScienceAcademia Europaea and the Royal Institution with support from Elsevier are organising an important debate on Brexit: the facts behind opportunities & challenges for both the UK & European Science Establishments.

The event is scheduled on May 8, 2017 on the occasion of Europe Day from 13.30 – 18.00 GMT, at The Royal Institution in London, UK. As you may recall, Europe Day is on May 9, celebrating the 1950 “Schumann Declaration” which was at the beginning of what is now the European Union.

Onsite participation: REGISTER HERE - participation is open for all and free of charge

Cannot attend? Watch LIVE STREAM

Panel one on the impact on Science and Innovation in the UK


  • Mr Clive Cookson, Financial Times


  • Prof Dame Janet Thornton, European Bioinformatics Institute, member of the Scientific Council of the ERC
  • Prof Alex Halliday, Physical Secretary and Vice-President of the Royal Society
  • Prof Nicole Grobert, Oxford University and Williams Advanced Engineering Ltd, Founding Member of the Young Academy of Europe

Panel two on the impact on Science and Innovation in the remaining EU-27


  • Prof Gail Cardew, Professor of Science, Culture and Society and Director of Science and Education, Royal Institution


  • Prof Mark Ferguson, Director General, Science Foundation Ireland, and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland
  • Prof Ole Petersen, Vice-President Academia Europaea
  • Prof Rolf Tarrach, President European University Association

For more information visit the website!

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Monday, 8 May, 2017 - 13:30 - 18:00
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United Kingdom
08/05/2017 - 13:30 - 18:00
MSCA 2017 Conference

MSCA 2017 Conference

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The MSCA 2017 Conference will take place in Malta on the 11th and 12th May 2017 under the auspices of the Maltese Presidency of the EU. The event will be organised by the Malta Council for Science and Technology within the Ministry for Education and Employment, with the kind cooperation of the European Commission.

The overall objective of the conference is to discuss and reflect on the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions with a special focus on ‘Mobility Takes Research Further’. The objectives of the event will be reached by sharing good practices and encouraging a debate on past and ongoing experiences. Experienced and early stage researchers, academics from various universities, European Commission officials, proposal evaluators, representatives of National Contact Points and Programme Committee Meetings of Horizon 2020, will have the possibility to share their views and opinions. The input from the participants will be then elaborated into a conference report.

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Thursday, 11 May, 2017 to Friday, 12 May, 2017, 08:30 - 17:00
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Gender bias in academic publishing

Gender bias in academic publishing

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11 May 2017 - 2 pm until 3 pm BST / 3–4 pm CEST / 9–10 am EDT

What is the influence of unconscious gender bias on academic careers? From job applications to article submissions, quick assessments made by reviewers can become career-defining for those who work in research. Blind reviewing, and other measures taken by publishers, have been put in place to mitigate its effect – often with great success.

In this webinar, you’ll learn to identify and counter unconscious gender bias. You will come away with a good understanding of academic publishers’ efforts to address it, as well as why it is still an important issue today.

Sign up for this indispensable free webinar!


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Thursday, 11 May, 2017 - 15:00 - 16:00
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11/05/2017 - 15:00 - 16:00
3rd Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Workshop for Research Alumni Coordinators

3rd Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Workshop for Research Alumni Coordinators

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Research alumni activities at universities, universities of applied science and research institutions in Germany are at the pioneering stage. Research alumni can be of great assistance to their host institutions in Germany as multipliers, advisors and points of contact abroad on matters relating to internationalization. At present, this potential is still not being properly utilized. In the framework of its activities to support research alumni work in Germany, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is thus organizing workshops for research alumni advisors (initially for the duration of the “International Research Marketing” project). The objective is to pool the information at the disposal of those who deal with research alumni matters at universities, universities of applied science, and research institutions in Germany.


„Research Alumni as Ambassadors, Partners, Friends and Patrons“

Day 1, Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Venue: University of Bayreuth

12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Registration and afternoon snack

2:00 - 2:15 p.m. Welcome Address

Prof. Dr. Stefan Leible, President of the University of Bayreuth
Dr. Ulrike Albrecht, Head of Department Strategy and External
Relations, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Bettina Flegel, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

2:15 - 2:45 p.m. Research alumni as an integral part of international cooperation in research, teaching, and networking
Dr. Arnim Heinemann, Director of the International Office, University of Bayreuth
Research alumni activities are crucial to the success of internationalization. Research alumni play a key role in the networking of partners, the development of new research fields, and the recruitment of students and scholars. These instruments can be used to efficiently develop a consistent and sustainable internationalization strategy, especially for small and mediumsized universities.

2:45 - 3:30 p.m. Towards European Research Alumni – university networks as a platform for pan-European researchers
Dr. Brian Cahill, Chairman of Marie Curie Alumni Association
Peter van der Hijden, Board member of the garagErasmus Foundation
Dr. Gisela Janetzke, former Secretary General of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Dr. Katja Lasch, Head of Department International Research Marketing - K22, DAAD
Prof. Dr. Luciano Saso, President of UNICA, Sapienza University of Rome
Prof. Dr. Jacek Witkoś, President of the SGROUP,
Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznań
Moderation: Dr. Arnim Heinemann, University of Bayreuth
Committing international researchers to national or regional locations in the long term is a major challenge given the specific characteristics of the German higher education system’s infrastructure. Strengthening the identification with the nearby European Research Area might be achieved via the concept of a “European Research Alumnus”. But to what extent can European university networks play a role in this and in the support of national research alumni activities?

3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Coffee break

4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Research alumni activities in practice: working groups
Each working group will be chaired by a research alumni coordinator. A panel of experts will be discussing at the same time.

WG 1: Research alumni as sponsors: experience and methods in Germany
Moderation: Sabine Höhl, University of Bonn; Christin Wannagat, RWTH Aachen

WG 2: The profile of research alumni advisors and the service spectrum of international alumni activities at higher education institutions
Moderation: Susanne Mahler, University of Konstanz; Silke Rodenberg, Heidelberg University

WG 3: The UBT Alumni Network (“Global Bayreuth Identity”) and other best practice examples of international alumni network activities
Moderation: Thorsten Parchent, University of Bayreuth, Frank Hasenstab, University of Cologne; Dr. Julia von Mendel, Technical University of Munich

WG 4: Research alumni as ambassadors and partners in Career Development
Moderation: Prof. Dr. Alexandra Hughes, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Global Engagement, University of Westminster

Expert Panel: Research associations and their contribution to a pan-European research alumnus
Dr. Brian Cahill, Chairman of the Marie Curie Alumni Association
Peter van der Hijden, board member of the garagErasmus Foundation
Prof. Dr. Anke Jentsch, Member of the Bayreuth Centre of Ecology &
Environmental Research (BayCEER), University of Bayreuth
Prof. Dr. Luciano Saso, President of UNICA, Sapienza University of Rome
Prof. Dr. Jacek Witkoś, President of the SGROUP,
Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznań
Moderation: Dr. Arnim Heinemann, University of Bayreuth

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Feedback from the working groups/ from the expert panel

6:45 p.m. Shuttle to dinner location

7:00 - 9:30 p.m. Dinner
Dinner Speech:
Felicity Jones, European Research Development Manager, University of Melbourne
3rd Workshop for Research Alumni Coordinators

Day 2, Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Venue: University of Bayreuth
9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Open Space relating to research alumni activities (with coffee and cookies)
Based on their interests, participants can join various discussion tables relating to aspects of research alumni activities. Contacts for the following areas of research alumni activities will also be present:
1.) research alumni activities in Europe 2.) research alumni activities and scholars at risk 3.) legal issues & network activities 4.) research alumni activities and databases 5.) research alumni activities and research marketing. Moreover, representatives from the working groups of the previous day will be present.

11:00 - 11:45 a.m. From the Excellence Initiative to an excellent alumni network
Prof. Dr. Dymitr Ibriszimow, Dean BIGSAS Graduate School, University of Bayreuth
More and more research projects in the context of Collaborative Research centres (CRC) and Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) are international. Ensuring the sustainability and strategic development of such important research and university networks requires a professional alumni strategy that is incorporated in the concept from the very start. In this regard, graduate schools, in particular, can serve as best practice models.

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Researchers in Danger – Research alumni activities in the
Philipp Schwartz Initiative and the European Scholars at Risk Network
Dr. Hans Abelius (Director of the International Centre, Swedish section of Scholars at Risk, University of Gothenburg), Sinead O'Gorman (European Director, Scholars at Risk), Dr. Barbara Sheldon (Head of Strategic Planning, Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation), Dr. Samer Bachmaf, Dr. Eylem Camuroglu Cig, Dr. Amal El-Obeidi, (Bayreuth PSI scholarship recipients), and Prof. Dr. Christine Hanke, Prof. Dr. Georg Klute, Prof. Dr. Britta Planer-Friedrich (tbc) (Mentors)
Moderation: Dr. Arnim Heinemann (University of Bayreuth)
Researchers at risk are in need of networks in their home country and abroad in order to advance in their careers, support their families, and ensure some security in their lives. In how far can research alumni be recruited for such network activities and incorporated in new research projects jointly planned with scholars at risk?

12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Afternoon snack and end of workshop

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Tuesday, 16 May, 2017 to Wednesday, 17 May, 2017, 12:30 - 14:00
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This high-level networking event attracts decision makers from biotech, pharma and medtech as well as investors, universities, topnotch research institutes, policy-makers and competence providers. In 2016, we welcomed a record number of 1250 attendees from 16 countries. The conference features an exciting programme providing vital insight into the global life sciences’ landscape, B2B Partnering powered by EBD Group’s partneringLITE, a trade fair with 100 exhibitors and a scientific poster area.

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Wednesday, 17 May, 2017 to Thursday, 18 May, 2017, 16:30 - 21:00
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ITN-DCH FINAL CONFERENCE is an international event for the professionals working in the Digital Cultural Heritage domain. The aim of the conference is to bring together experts and leaders from the cultural domain and, addressing the current challenges, start a dialogue that will lay the foundation for the creation of a multidisciplinary community of practice.

Digital Cultural Heritage is a complex domain that requires new competencies and escalating requirements, which necessitate a interdisciplinary education and a multi level collaboration in order to establish best practice and common methodologies, and, therefore, advance our understanding of our common past. It is important to create a forum of discussion where diverse leading academic scientists, researchers, practitioners and educators are brought together to exchange and share their experience, as well as confront each others on the challenges and advancements in each of their domain. The scope of the conference is, therefore, to:

  1. Encourage interdisciplinary and innovative analysis in the cultural domain
  2. Promote synergies and knowledge exchange between the participants
  3. Develop multidisciplinary connections for future development
  4. Disseminate the results of innovative research
  5. Publish ideas and vision that would help shape our current understanding of cultural heritage

For such reasons, we are seeking original and innovation contributions in theoretical and practical applications of digital cultural heritage.

Abstract submission deadline Notification of acceptance Registration (€300) deadline Conference Paper submission deadline
Until 10th March 2017
Until 30th March 2017
Until 1st May 2017
23rd-25th May 2017
Until 1st September 2017
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Tuesday, 23 May, 2017 to Thursday, 25 May, 2017, 09:00 - 18:00
Location City:
Olimje (Slovenia)
EURAXIND Researcher Panel Meeting

EURAXIND Researcher Panel Meeting

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The EURAXIND Project Team invited Brian Cahill, the Chair of MCAA, to take part in the activities of the EURAXIND Researcher Panel.
The two-year EURAXIND project is financed by the European Commission within the EURAXESS initiative.
The EURAXIND project is led by the Careers Research and Advisory Centre - Vitae (CRAC-VITAE) with 6 partners and 6 Third Parties from across Europe.
This project focuses on enabling partner organisations, and the EURAXESS network more generally, to engage more with business, to provide opportunities for collaborations, build strategic partnerships and promote the recruitment of highly skilled researchers. It will also provide resources to help researchers to promote their skills to businesses and demonstrate the attractiveness of a wide range of employment opportunities for researchers.
A Researcher Panel will be formed of selected cross-section of researchers who will be asked to provide their feedback on the project activities in a structured way mainly on-line. They will contribute an important quality assurance role in ensuring the resultant resources for researchers are fit for purpose.

Friday, 26 May, 2017 - 09:00 - 18:00
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26/05/2017 - 09:00 - 18:00
Sopot Science Day (X Sopocki Dzień Nauki)

Sopot Science Day (X Sopocki Dzień Nauki)

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The presentations will be focussing on informing the general public about Marie Curie Actions, MCAA and in general attracting the general public to academic careers

An event organized as a part of the Baltic Science Festival for public outreach and generating public awareness about careers in academia

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Saturday, 27 May, 2017 - 10:00 - 16:00
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27/05/2017 - 10:00 - 16:00
MCAA networking meeting in Krakow

MCAA networking meeting in Krakow

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MCAA meeting in Krakow

When? Thursday, 25th May

Where? Re Pub ul. Świętego Krzyża 4, Krakow

Starting from 6.30 p.m.

Dear MCAA Members,

We would like to invite you to a local meeting of the MCAA Polish Chapter where we network and get to know each other.
We will exchange our experience about science, funding, collaborations and local activities.

After first event in Warsaw we will have next meeting in Krakow.

We include some sponsored drinks for MCAA members, so please join in!
See you there!

Thursday, 25 May, 2017 - 18:30 - 23:30
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25/05/2017 - 18:30 - 23:30