2018 MCAA Conference and General Assembly in Leuven, BE | Marie Curie Alumni


The MCAA Annual Conference and General Assembly took place at the University of Leuven, Belgium, on the 2nd and 3rd February 2018.

The Annual Conference took place on the 2nd February 2018 and was open not only to MCAA members, but also non-members.

The MCAA General Assembly took place on the 3rd February 2018, and was restricted to MCAA members! This year, a new Board was elected by MCAA members. 

Registration is now closed.


Leuven is the capital of the province of Flemish Brabant, in Belgium, and is located about 25 kilometres (16 miles) east of Brussels. It is the eighth largest city in Belgium, and the fourth in Flanders.

Nowadays, Leuven has a large student population, mainly concentrated around the city centre. The Faculty of Medicine of KU Leuven has a broad variety of medical and paramedical disciplines, targeted to adolescents and professionals pursuing further education. It also pays a lot of attention to skills-oriented education and internationalisation, always keeping close contact with its extensive alumni network. 

Find more info about the venue and how to get there.



Live streaming

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Annual Conference

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General Assembly

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Join our event and take the opportunity to network with an active community of researchers brought together by past or present mobility experience under the European Commission’s Marie Curie Programme!



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Hotels in Leuven

Although home to a large university, Leuven remains a small town, and does not have a huge number of hotel rooms. Participants are advised to book early to get accommodation in the town itself. There is however a very frequent train service between Brussels and Leuven, so an alternative option (if you cannot find rooms in Leuven) is to stay in Brussels (close to one of the main stations) and ‘reverse commute’ to Leuven (about 30 minutes by train). Those coming by car may find other accommodation in the Leuven area. The event venue has car-parking for registered participants.

Please note that the information below is for guidance only, and the MCAA is not recommending any accommodation in particular. While we have endeavoured to provide the most accurate information possible, the MCAA cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions. It is the responsibility of each participant to make their own bookings and payments. The MCAA will not be responsible for any costs, penalties or taxes incurred by any booking or non-arrival.


 NB: If you find important information to be added or changed here (e.g. establishments closed or full, interesting non-listed establishments, etc.) please send this information to contact@mariecuriealumni.eu and we will update where possible.





Poster submission deadline

Please note that the deadline for poster submission was 8th January 2018. THE CALL FOR POSTERS IS NOW CLOSED, and no futher poster submissions will be accepted.

If you missed this opportunity, make a note in your diary now for the 2019 MCAA General Assembly and Conference in March next year; a similar poster opportunity will be available.

How should I submit a poster?

Please complete the on-line form for 2018 poster submissions (THE CALL IS NOW CLOSED AND THE FORM IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

Please follow the guidelines as closely as possible.

Poster guidelines


A0 (84 x 120 cm) portrait only!

  1. Caption your poster with its title, author(s) and affiliation(s).
  2. All printing should be large and bold enough to be read from 1 m away. Titles should be readable from 6 m away. Therefore, use a clear font and a sufficiently large font size, e.g.:
    • Main text: arial 24
    • Title: arial 80
  3. Arrange material in a sensible fashion. Number each item or use arrows to indicate continuity. Bar graphs and line graphs are preferred to long columns of figures.
  4. Consider the use of another color for emphasis.
  5. Try not to present too much material to avoid your poster to appear cluttered. Try to eliminate unnecessary words.
  6. In addition to your poster, you may have copies of your presentation as a handout during your scheduled authors present time.The poster boards are the property of the decorating firm and are rented from them. Presenters will be held responsible for any damages should they be permanently marred.

    Material to hang up your poster will be provided by the MCAA.
    All posters must be removed in time and may not be left in the display area. Leftover materials will be discarded.
    If you need more information, contact us via e-mail: bala.attili@kuleuven.be or contact@mariecuriealumni.eu






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