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IWM Mentoring workshop, Vienna, 11-12 May 2018
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The Institute for Human Sciences (Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, IWM), Vienna is an independent institute of advanced study in the humanities and social sciences. Together with the Polish Academy of Sciences (Polska Akademia Nauk, PAN)  and supported by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education (Ministerstwo Nauki i Szkolnictwa Wyższego), the IWM has established a mentoring initiative for applicants for European Research Council (ERC) Starting and Consolidator Grants in the humanities and social sciences from Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. This mentoring initiative is addressed in particular to researchers in the areas of history, anthropology, political science, sociology, science and technology studies, as well as cultural and literary studies aiming to submit in 2018 – 2020.

Internationally established scholars, who have served as members of ERC evaluation panels, or who have held ERC grants themselves will act as mentors during a workshop held in Vienna. The aim is to give a small group of applicants individualised advice regarding the development of their projects’ academic content through intensive discussion with each other and with the mentors. Moreover, the initiative is intended to contribute to the creation of a culture of open and collegial dialogue, as well as to the internationalisation of junior researchers in the humanities and social sciences in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. The initiative’s workshops focus exclusively on the conception and design of the academic research projects and are meant to complement the work of the National Contact Points (NCPs) for the ERC program, who are able to provide detailed information on the ERC grant schemes and the application process.

The next workshop will take place at the IWM, Vienna on May 11-12, 2018. Participation is free; the workshop language is English.

If you are interested in taking part, please send an e-mail with your CV and a 2-5-page project proposal to before 2018-04-01.

As places are limited, please send your application as soon as possible, but no later than 1st April 2018.

Further workshops are planned for November 2018 as well as for 2019.

In case of any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Friday, 11 May, 2018 to Saturday, 12 May, 2018, 09:00 - 16:00
Location City:
Spittelauer Lände 3
1090 Vienna
11 to 12/05/2018, 09:00 - 16:00
Polish Chapter Meeting and Presentation Skills Workshop
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The first Polish Chapter meeting of 2018, combined with a presentation skills workshop, will take place in Warsaw.

The event (including the workshop) is free for MCAA members, but requires registration.

The workshop is open to external participants for 25 PLN fee.

Event Timing: 11th of May 2018

  • 10:30 to 12:00 Polish Chapter meeting,
  • 12:00 to 17:30 Presentation skills workshop

Event venue:

Rynek Starego Miasta 29/31 (Warsaw Old Town Market Square)

Instytut Historii im Manteuffla PAN (The Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences)


10:30 - 11:45 MCAA Polish Chapter internal meeting (MCAA members only)

Presentation skills workshop

12.00 - 12.10 An invitation

12.10 - 12.25 MCAA speaker 1

12.25 - 12.40 MCAA speaker 2

12.40 - 13.30 Sandwich lunch

13:30 - 14.00 Rethinking presentation slides, Robert Lasek

14.00 - 14.30 Visuals: prospects and pitfalls, Piotr Kann

14.30 - 15.00 Bridging knowledge - succesfully communicating to lay people, Lars-Hendrik Schilling

15.00 - 15.30 Coffee break

15.30 - 17.30 Analysis of the presentations of MCAA speakers

Workshop end

After the workshop we may head for an informal dinner at a nearby restaurant (please inform Rohan Soman if you wish to join)

The timing of the event is designed to enable travel to and from Warsaw from other parts of Poland in one day. The Old Town can be easily reached from the Warsaw Central Railway Station by bus number 160.

See you there!

Friday, 11 May, 2018 - 10:30 - 17:30
Location City:
Rynek Starego Miasta 29/31, Instytut Historii im Manteuffla PAN
The Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences
00-272 Warsaw
11/05/2018 - 10:30 - 17:30