"The way of progress is neither swift nor easy"

Marie Curie

 

 

Modern society is at a crossroads.

With technology revolutionising the job market and the internet reshaping people’s lives, it is a time of challenges and opportunities. Today, researchers are expected to utilize technology and information to further their scientific research, to communicate it effectively to the public, and to realise its potential in the market.  At the same time, researchers face the risk of becoming overwhelmed by the diversity of information.

The MCAA General Assembly, which will be held in Vienna, Austria, will address these issues with next years’ core theme being - ‘Research and Innovation beyond the Information Age’.

 

 

Are you ready to embrace the future and discuss the role of research in society?

Join us for a range of keynotes and training sessions aimed at addressing the evolving research environment - from how to write proposals for individual fellowships and European Research Council grants, to starting an entrepreneurship venture, and transitioning from academia to industry.

 

Explore new career paths, discover the opportunities of industry 5.0, and network with international researchers and innovators.

 

Shape the way of progress, now.

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Registration

The MCAA General Assembly will take place on the morning of Sunday 24th February 2019, and will be restricted to MCAA Members.


The Annual Conference will take place across the 24th and 25th February 2019 and will be open to MCAA members and non-members.

 

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Venue

Vienna is the federal capital and largest city in Austria, it being one of nine states in Austria. Vienna is Austria's primary city and is host to many major international organisations, including the United Nations and OPEC. The city is located in the eastern part of Austria and is close to the borders of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary.

 

 

Vienna University

The University of Vienna is a public university located in Vienna, Austria. It was founded by Duke Rudolph IV in 1365 and is one of the oldest universities in the German-speaking world. With its long and rich history, the University of Vienna has developed into one of the largest universities in Europe, and also one of the most renowned, especially in the Humanities. It is associated with 15 Nobel prize winners and has been the academic home to a large number of scholars of historical as well as of academic importance.

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Live streaming

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Annual Conference - open to all

 

 

Total registrations: 827

Number of registrations per country*

Austria 119
Spain 67
Italy 60
United Kingdom 60
Germany 55
France 39
Belgium 33
Ireland 17
Netherlands 15
Switzerland 14
Denmark 13
Norway 13
Poland 12
Portugal 11
Hungary 9
India 9
Israel 9
Sweden 9
Greece 8
Philippines 8
Bulgaria 7
Brazil 6
Croatia 6
Turkey 6
United States 5
Czech Republic 4
Finland 4
Russian Federation 4
Indonesia 3
Kenya 3
Malaysia 3
Pakistan 3
Romania 3
Serbia 3
Afghanistan 2
Argentina 2
Cyprus 2
Egypt 2
Georgia 2
Kosovo 2
South Africa 2
Albania 1
Armenia 1
Bangladesh 1
Canada 1
China 1
Ecuador 1
Estonia 1
Ethiopia 1
Hong Kong 1
Iceland 1
Kyrgyzstan 1
Lithuania 1
Nepal 1
Senegal 1
Slovakia 1
Slovenia 1
Thailand 1
Trinidad and Tobago 1
Viet Nam 1

Number of registrations per Research field**

ENG - Engineering 180
LIF - Life sciences 153
SOC - Social Sciences 150
CHE - Chemistry 110
ENV - Environmental sciences 58
PHY - Physics 54
ECO - Economics 45
MAT - Mathematics 18

 

* Some registrants didn't select a country

** Some registrants didn't select research field

 

 

 

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REGISTRATION

 

Registration is now open for the 6th MCAA General Assembly and Annual Conference 2019.

As an MCAA Member, the General Assembly and Annual Conference in Vienna is free.  If not logged in, please use the option below “Register with your MCAA account”.

For non-members, register by 10th January 2019  to benefit from our ‘early bird’ rates. Please use the option below “Complete the registration form”.

 

 

Terms and Conditions

Any MCAA member unable to attend the GA in person is welcome to appoint another member (who will be there) to act as proxy. Please complete the proxy form and send it to contact@mariecuriealumni.eu. Please note that a member can only represent up to two other members in this way, so please check/agree with the person you want to represent you before sending in the proxy form.

Registration includes:

  • MCAA Members will have access to the General Assembly (morning 24th February).  Non-members will be able to attend Annual Conference, from 11.00am (24th February).  The Annual Conference includes the welcome ceremony, keynote speakers, parallel sessions, posters, access to exhibitors, daytime refreshments and lunch on both days.
  • Conference bag, name tag and program
  • Registration fee does not include dinner or refreshments for the optional social evening activities, additional fees will apply (more details will follow).

 

  MCAA Members Early Bird (payment up to 10th Jan 2019) Regular
Students1 FREE €70 €90
Researchers2 FREE €80 €100
Others3 FREE €150 €200

1 Students - including PhD students

2 Academic Researchers - up to 7 years after their PhD

3 Others - Industry, Commercial, Senior Academic, General Public

 

Invited speakers, sponsors and exhibitors do not need to pay any registration fees but still need to register by completing the "2019 MCAA General Assembly Annual Conference Speakers, Sponsors and exhibitors" form. 

 

Cancellation and refund policy: Paid registrations (non-MCAA members) cancelled until the 7th January have a cancellation fee of 20€. After this date, no refund will be performed. Participants are recommended to have a travel insurance.

 

Visa: It is the responsibility of each individual to take care of all travel arrangements, including VISA, if required. The MCAA is not responsible for any arrangements to obtain VISA for participants and cannot be held responsible in case participants are not able to attend due to VISA issues. In case you need an invitation letter for your VISA process, please contact mcaa.support@inovamais.eu, including your  

  • Name
  • Surname
  • Date of Birth
  • Nationality
  • Passport No.
  • Organisation

 

Personal data: Personal data provided in the registration form will be used exclusively for the purposes of the organisation of the MCAA General Assembly and Annual Conference 2019. For more information, please consult the MCAA Events privacy policy

 

If you would like to register a group on behalf of your organisation and/or pay group fees, please contact excom@mariecuriealumni.eu and mcaa.support@inovamais.eu

 

 

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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

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Keynote speaker
Sunday 24th 

Themis Christophidou is a European public servant who became Director-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture of the European Commission, in March 2018.

She is a civil engineer with 32 years of experience in private and public sector management. 

She joined the European Commission in 2001.  Having held various positions in the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban policy, she worked as Deputy Head of Cabinet of Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for education, culture, multilingualism, youth and sport in 2010-11.  From 2011 to 2014, Themis Christophidou worked as Head of Cabinet of Maria Damanaki, Commissioner for maritime affairs and fisheries, and from 2014 to 2018, she was Head of Cabinet of Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis management. 

Themis Christophidou is an alumna of the civil engineering faculty of the Metsovio Polytechnic University of Athens, specialised in transport infrastructure and urban transport. Born in Famagusta, Cyprus, she is trilingual Greek, French, English.
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Keynote speaker
Sunday 24th 

Prof. Anton Zeilinger has experimentally demonstrated unique and counterintuitive phenomena of quantum physics and investigated their consequences not only for the foundation and interpretation of quantum mechanics but also for the development of potential future applications in the field of quantum communication, quantum information processing and also in biology. The Marie Curie Alumni Association has proudly awarded him with honorary membership for his contribution to the advancement of knowledge. In his 30 minute keynote speech he will present the progress made in our understanding of the foundations of physics and the challenges ahead. 
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Keynote Speaker
Monday 25th 

Sabine Herlitschka is Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer of Infineon Technologies Austria AG.
Her professional career includes industrial biotechnology research, international cooperation and financing in research technology and innovation, Internships at leading organizations in the USA, Fulbright Scholar at George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University/School of Advanced International Studies, as well as founding Vice-Rector for Research Management and International Cooperation at the Medical University of Graz/Austria.
Before joining Infineon Technologies Austria, Herlitschka was Director of the Division European and International Programmes in the Austrian Research Promotion Agency.
For almost 20 years she has been frequently involved in European Research as advisor, project coordinator & proposal \tor, as well as participant and Chairperson in various European & international expert groups. In Febr. 2018 she has been elected Chair of the Governing Board of the 5 bn Euro European Public Private Partnership ECSEL-Electronic Components and Systems for Electronic Leadership.
Herlitschka holds a Ph.D. in Food- and Biotechnology with Postdoc specialization in molecular biology and genetic engineering and an Master of Business Administration. Amongst others, she is member of the Austrian Council for Research & Technology Cooperation, member of the Senate of the German Fraunhofer Society.

 

SPEAKERS & ORGANISERS

 

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Opening Ceremony
Sunday 24th 

Barbara Weitgruber was founding staff member and Director of the Office for International Relations and lecturer at Karl-Franzens Universität Graz, Austria and then Director of the Office for European Educational Co-operation of the Austrian Academic Exchange Service in Vienna, Austria. In December 1994 she joined the Austrian Ministry in charge of higher education and research as Director and later became Deputy Director General for Higher Education and Director General for Scientific Research and International Relations.
Weitgruber holds a "Master" degree in English/American and Interdisciplinary Studies, a Certificate in Mass Media and a Translator´s Diploma in English from Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Austria and a M.A. in Communications from the University of Illinois at Chicago, US, where she started her professional career as a Fulbright Scholarship Holder and Teaching Assistant.
Weitgruber is a member in numerous committees, including the Task Force for Research, Technology and Innovation of the Austrian Federal Government, the Austrian Fulbright Commission, the European “Research Policy Group” and chairs the Scholarship Foundation of the Republic of Austria.

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Mentoring and Outreach Projects
Sunday 24th

Artificial Intelligence: We will fall in Love: P.S. “AI Love You”
Monday 25th

Science Diplomacy
Monday 25th

Matthew DiFranco is Chair of the MCAA since February 2018 after serving two years as an Ordinary Board Member and one year before that as Austrian Chapter Chair. Matthew attended the AAAS Science & Diplomacy Workshop in Washington D.C. in June 2018 and has since been working to develop Science Diplomacy as an interest area for MCAA and its members.

Based in Vienna, Austria, Matthew has a PhD in computer science from University College Dublin and works in the field of biomedical imaging. A native of New Jersey in the USA, Matthew’s career has been an example of mobile research and has taken him to Philadelphia, London, Dublin and Innsbruck before settling in Vienna, where he carried out a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship from 2012-2014 and now works as an imaging scientist at the University of Vienna Department of Neurobiology.
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Behind the scene of a business venture
Sunday 24th

Writing MSCA-IF Project Proposals
Monday 25th

Entrepreneurship: How to start a start-up
Monday 25th

Supporting Researcher Mobility
Monday 25th
 

Mostafa, Vice-Chair of MCAA, is leading the organization of 2019 Annual Conference, Vienna. He successfully manages the internal governance & sponsorship of the Association. He is a founding member of MCAA Austrian Chapter, Research Funding, Events & Networking working groups. 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 on Entrepreneurships, Project Proposal Writing, Supporting Researchers Mobility at national & international events including ESOF 2018. He also provided training on Career Paths for Researchers at universities and research institutions. He is currently working as a Post-doctoral Researcher at ERC funded Project at TU Wien. Previously, he worked at Austrian Science Fund & Austrian Research Promotion Agency and COST Action projects. From his masters’ work in Netherlands and research endeavors in Belgium, he gathered variety of experience and established an effective network of peers.
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Mentoring and Outreach Projects
Sunday 24th

Proposal Writing Workshops (MSCA-IF, ERC, FWF)
Monday 25th

 

Prof. Renaud Jolivet is a physicist and computational biologist specializing on the brain. He has been working in biology and medicine for sixteen years. Since January 2016, he holds an appointment as Joint Professor in Medical Physics at the University of Geneva and CERN. Prior to that, he was a PhD student at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland. He was then a fellow at the Universities of Lausanne and Zürich, a guest researcher at the University of Kyoto and at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute, and then a fellow at University College London. Throughout his postdoctoral studies, he was supported by prestigious fellowships including a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship from the European Commission. He currently leads a team of five scientists (3 doctoral students and 2 postdocs) funded by several grants totaling ~1M CHF.
Prof. Jolivet has an h-index of 17 and his work has been cited more than 1700 times (Google Scholar). He is intersted by how limited energy availability shapes brain frunction, and by how different cell types in the brain interact with each other and with neural networks.
 

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Mentoring and Outreach Projects
Sunday 24th

She's a freelance illustrator and in 2017 she also founded FAI31, a consultancy service for promotion and communication projects based in Milan.
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Mentoring and Outreach Projects
Sunday 24th 

Supporting Researcher Mobility
Monday 25th

Ms. Bodnarova is an experienced Project Manager and Independent Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the public relations and communications industry. Skilled in International Project Management, Analytical Skills, Government, and International Relations. Strong community and social services professional graduated from Metropolitan University Prague. Based in Washington, DC, Viktoria currently manages two big projects: EURAXESS North America and the Joint European Mentoring Initiative (JEMI).
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Mentoring and Outreach Projects
Sunday 24th

Kelly Barrales-Saylor is the editorial director of Sourcebooks eXplore, the nonfiction children's imprint of Sourcebooks Inc. Sourcebooks is an independent book publisher in Naperville, Illinois and one of the top children's publishers in the United States. Kelly has acquired and published numerous books throughout her career—everything from board books to young adult fiction. Most recent bestsellers include P Is for Pterodactyl (The Worst Alphabet Book Ever), The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs by America’s Test Kitchen, and the Baby University series featuring books by Chris Ferrie such as Quantum Physics for Babies, Rocket Science for Babies, ABCs of Mathematics, and the picture book Goodnight Lab.
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Mentoring and Outreach Projects
Sunday 24th 

Joana is the co-founder and director of Native Scientist, an award-winning Europe-wide non-profit organisation that connects pupils and scientists to promote the integrated learning of science and language. She is also Portugal’s Business Development Manager at Smart Separations, a technology company in the field of microfiltration. For 10 years she was a researcher in the field of biomedical sciences, where she holds a PhD from Imperial College London (UK), was awarded an European Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship and authored 10 international peer-reviewed publications. She has a long-standing experience in science outreach and founded Native Scientist while doing her PhD. Joana’s entrepreneurial and outreach work has been distinguished multiple times, including prizes from the Royal Society of Biology, Imperial College London, and MIT Innovator Under 35. Joana loves spending time with friends and food. She dreams of having her own restaurant one day.
 

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Mentoring and Outreach Projects
Sunday 24th 

MIke was for many years the senior policy officer for the Marie Curie Action at the European Commission. His scientific area is large scale envitonmental modelling such as the Severn Estuary (UK), Hong Kong Airport, Qatar Groundwater Management System using the then (new) technology of Computers. Yes, he is that old!. A veteran of 7 Framework programmes for R&D, he was finally the backstop for the official EC Helpdesk which dealt with hundreds of enquiries from YOU every week. He was elected as the first Honoary Member of the MCAA in 2015, and continues to contribute to the flow of news and information and advice.
 

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Entrepreneurship: How to start a start-up
Monday 25th

Mrs. Birgit Reiter-Braunwieser, MA
ABA- Invest in Austria https://investinaustria.at/
Mrs. Reiter-Braunwieser is Director for Startups and Central and Eastern Europe at ABA-Invest in Austria, the investment promotion agency of the Austrian Ministry of Digital and Economic Affairs. In this role she advises and supports foreign companies seeking to start business in Austria. From 1997-2003 she worked at the World Bank Group in Washington as expert for foreign direct investment.
She holds a Masters degree in political science from the Paris-Lodron University of Salzburg, as well as a Master of Arts in International Economics and International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies (S.A.I.S.) of the Johns Hopkins University.
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Entrepreneurship: How to start a start-up
Monday 25th

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.
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Entrepreneurship: How to start a start-up
Monday 25th

Supporting Researcher Mobility
Monday 25th

Nikolaas Bellens is founder & CEO at Kazi. Kazi is a Belgium-based HR Technology company founded in 2015 whose technology bridges the expectations gap between talent and their employers & education providers. An economist by education, in his eclectic professional life he has always focused on technology and how it interacts with other key stakeholders - in contexts ranging from finance and consulting to education and HR. Nikolaas is a passionate keynote speaker and MBA guest professor at the AOG School of Management (University of Groningen; NL) on topics ranging from corporate venturing and strategic value creation to value creation in sports.
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Entrepreneurship: How to start a start-up
Monday 25th

I am currently managing a grants program in the field of applied research for one of Vienna's main funding agency - the Vienna Business Agency. Our main goal is to strenghten the city as top notch R&D location in Middle Europe. It goes without saying that this is approach is strongly tied to R&D businesses ranging from big players to promising start ups or innovative SME's. Check us out here.
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Entrepreneurship: How to start a start-up
Monday 25th

Ingrid Kelly is a patent attorney and technology transfer expert. After working for several years in the pharma industry she joined the University of Vienna technology transfer office in 2012, and moved to the Institute of Science and Technology, Austria in 2018. In her daily work she assesses early stage academic technologies, optimizes intellectual property protection, and seeks suitable avenues for commercialization. She has accompanied a number of academic start-up teams during establishment of their companies.

Ingrid holds a PhD in molecular biology from the University of Cambridge, is a European patent attorney and is qualified as a registered technology transfer professional (RTTP).
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Behind the scene of a business venture
Sunday 24th
Writing MSCA-IF Project Proposals
Monday 25th

Dr. Yuliya Shakalisava is a researcher at Leiden University. Yuliya held a Marie Curie fellowship and now is a project coordinator at Leiden Academic Center for Drug Research where she is developing novel analytical methods for metabolomics research. Yuliya has worked in multidisciplinary research teams, management and administration in The Netherlands, Ireland and France. With her non-academic activities, Yuliya has extensive experience developing and writing research proposals in different disciplines – with a particular focus on Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowships. She is a proposal evaluator for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions of Horizon 2020.
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Career Paths for Researchers
Sunday 24th

Fran is an innovator, author and social justice advocate. Previously at Google, now at Salesforce as Strategy Director, based in London. Fran began his career as a Scientist in industry and academia with a Marie Curie Fellowship. Fran obtained a Master's from HEC Paris, France, Exec. Education from Harvard, USA, and a Ph.D.
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Career Paths for Researchers
Sunday 24th

Florian studied physics in Leipzig, Germany and Marseille, France. In Leipzig, he then did his PhD in the field of biological physics. The main focus of his work was on the spatial and functional self-organization within living cells. He moved to Amsterdam in 2012 where he continued with related research projects as a postdoctoral researcher at AMOLF, and later at the TU Delft. Throughout all those research activities Florian always worked in-between computer simulations and experiments that he developed, performed, and analyzed.
After his postdoc Florian felt that it was time for a change. He founded a small company (KÄNDI) in Amsterdam to develop and manufacture sustainable, high-quality sweets. In 2018, after two years of doing very analog work as a profession and digital work in his free time (machine learning, visualization), he hence decided to switch the order and rather keep the analog part for his free time.
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Career Paths for Researchers
Sunday 24th

Career transitions are more in the spotlight of researchers’ career progression. Due to the limited amount of academic jobs and career opportunities the majority of doctoral candidates, postdocs and tenure track researchers will need to find and maintain employment outside of academia. These transitions require the mastery of certain soft skills (e.g. critical thinking, leadership, communication) critical to thrive in the job market: (1) essential in at least two-thirds of all openings by 2030 (WEF, Deloitte); (2) strategic for employability and future-proofing (hard to acquire and to automate) (3) strategic in a new reality of commoditization (MIT) The aim of the session is to breakthrough everyone’s potential by driving awareness (what mastery looks like, how far can take you) and inspire action to develop them. Our speakers will share their stories and decisions behind their career transitions, and on the other hand highlight soft-skills that were instrumental to their success.
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Career Paths for Researchers
Sunday 24th

Joachim Seipelt holds a PhD in biochemistry, gained industrial experience at Boehringer Ingelheim and academic experience at the Medical University Vienna as an independent group leader. He was Vice-president of AVIR Green Hills Biotechnology from 2002-2012, where he was in charge of third party funded projects and business development. Dr. Seipelt was project manager for European Commission projects with a grant volume of € 13,2 Mio, involving 12 partner institutions across Europe. On the business development side, Dr. Seipelt was involved in licensing activities that resulted in the formation of a spin-off company and several license agreements. From 2013-2017 he was Head a Business Unit at the Austria Wirtschaftsservice GmbH (aws), Austria’s funding bank. He was responsible for programs that support startup companies and creative industries with an annual budget of € 35 Mio. and a headcount of 53. Currently, he is COO of BlueSky Vaccines in Vienna.
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Career Paths for Researchers
Sunday 24th

Frauke Kersten works as Scientific Manager at the University Hospital of Bonn, responsible for research management and funding at the Eye Hospital. She studied History, Pedagogy and Law in Darmstadt and Salamanca and did her PhD in Oldenburg and Seville on the history of Spanish fascist women. She worked for several projects at German and Spanish Universities, a science communication agency, the German Federal Agency for Civic Education and the European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations (KoWi) in Bonn. In MCAA she’s Board Member of the German Chapter and member of the WG Gender Equality for Mobile Researchers and of the WG Research Funding.
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Researchers Ability
Sunday 24th 

Trained as a biochemist at the Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany, I graduated with a work on the “Characterization of putative apoptosis modulating proteins in Leishmania parasites”. Passionate about neurobiology and microscopy, I became a Early Stage Researcher at IBENS, Paris in the ITN ExtraBrain investigating “Extracellular Matrix and synapse dynamics” in a cell culture model. Image processing and data analysis motivated me to improve my skills in statistics and programming. Interested in the private sector, I started working in software development & conception for an international IT services corporation in 2018. After 12 years in associative life, I’m currently president of the Young European Biotech Network & activity coordinator of the MCAA France Chapter. In cooperation with the French Federation for handidynamic students, FEDEEH, I initiated the ResearchAbility project for researchers with different abilities which aims to facilitate international careers in public research and industry for persons with chronical diseases and different abilities.
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Researchers Ability
Sunday 24th 

I had my doctorate in computer science in June 2018, currently I am a researcher at the University of Lille in the section of computation intensive and high performance. During my thesis I realized the first Tour of France in wheel in a scientific context (3006Km) which allowed me to make several scientific contributions.

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Researchers Ability
Sunday 24th

Gian Maria Greco is MSCA Individual Fellow in Accessibility (UMAQ 2017-2019) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and Research Associate at the University of Vigo. Former president and currently coordinator of the Media Accessibility Platform, he is accessibility coordinator of the Creative Europe project CENTRIPHERY (2018-2022) and the SAC Porta d’Oriente (2015-2019). Former president and currently scientific director of POIESIS, an NGO specialised in accessibility, he has extensive experience as accessibility consultant for public institutions and private companies. He holds a MA and a PhD in Philosophy, an MA in Accessibility to Media, Arts and Culture, a PGD in Disability Rights, and a Certificate in Disability Management. He held various positions as post-doc and research fellow, and has directed many projects on accessibility. His research focuses on foundational and practical issues in Accessibility Studies. A member of the MCAA Communication WG, he coordinates the work on the MCAA Newsletter.
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Researchers Ability
Sunday 24th

Elmar Fürst, born 1974 in Vienna, Austria, is Associate Professor for Transport Management and Economics and Logistics at WU Vienna. He is also Chairman of the Bort of the Hilfsgemeinschaft, Austrian Association Supporting the blind and visually impaired. His research focus lies in the field of accessible mobility.

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Researchers Ability
Sunday 24th 

Mrs. Madina Karsakpayeva - disability activist from Almaty, Kazakhstan. She served as coordinator on work with disabled people at Almaty City Society of People with Disabilities and other disability related NGOs through volunteering, translation and teaching English/computer literacy for children and young adults with disability. During the work in Kazakhstan, Madina conducted several events dedicated to International Day of People with disabilities such as: an introductory seminar for teachers, directors and other professionals of more than 10 schools of Almaty. She also became the first staff member of British Council Kazakhstan organization and worked as an administrative assistant and Equal opportunities coordinator.
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Behind the scene of a business venture
Sunday 24th 
Entrepreneurship: How to start a start-up
Monday 25th
Supporting Researcher Mobility
Monday 25th

Dr Bala Attili is currently serving as MCAA treasurer and contributor of Financial Affairs working group. Previously, he was board member and chair of BeNeLux chapter and active contributor to internal governance and chapter management working group.

Dr Attili is currently working at University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, honorary scientist at Department of Nuclear Medicine NHS trust. He has completed his PhD in 2018 from Laboratory for Radiopharmaceutical Research, KU Leuven-Belgium. During his doctoral research, Bala has been successful in developing scientific collaborations with national and multi-national pharmaceutical companies alike. Prior to his position at KU Leuven, he worked as an analyst in a European based pharmaceutical company. Since 2014, Bala is a Mo-Bro: An activist at Movember foundation campaign for male prostate cancer awareness.
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Behind the scene of a business venture
Sunday 24th

Workplace harassment 
Sunday 24th 

Team Leaders Mental Health
Monday 25th
Psychologist and researcher in psychology and criminology. Worked within hospitals, prisons, and forensic science bureaus. In 2016 founded RUMO (www.rumo.solutions), a mental health platform that provides online services for people in mobility in 12 countries.
Francisco has +50 academic publications (scientific journals, conferences), and 11 academic and entrepreneurship awards (+€200.000) such as:
- Graduation Dean Award (University of Leicester);
- Best Social Sciences Poster (University of Leicester);
- MSCA Bridging Career Paths (European Commission);
- Best Overall Presentation (National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, Portugal);
- PhD Researcher @ University of Leicester (UK)
- Research collaborator @ ISCTE-IUL (Portugal)
- Invited Lecturer and Supervisor at the IPEBJ (Brazil).
Currently Francisco contributes for different initiatives of the Marie Curie Alumni Association, specifically within the Policy Working Group, where he has been promoting actions on the topic of mental health within academia.
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Behind the scene of a business venture
Sunday 24th

Dr Scott Harrison is an academic currently working in Frankfurt for the Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education, but his background is Economics and statistics. Importantly, Scott has a rich history of supporting student initiated startups through the Enactus organisation, helping develop business models and strategies for creating meaningful enterprises.
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Behind the scene of a business venture
Sunday 24th

Dr. Mohammad Rezaei is the chair of the Marie Curie Alumni Association Austrian Chapter and a postdoctoral researcher in Johannes Kepler University Linz. He is the founder of Leading Voices. Leading Voices is a success thought leadership platform that provides critical insights from best-selling business authors, world-class leadership scholars, thought leaders, and industry captains. We share lessons from inspiring leaders to help audiences achieve more fulfillment, success, and happiness in life. Mohammad is a passionate, creative and inspirational explorer who brings excitement, focus and leadership to open-minded, engaged and curious audiences.
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Behind the scene of a business venture
Sunday 24th
Entrepreneurship: How to start a start-up
Monday 25th

Patricia is a marine scientist and entrepreneur, co-founder of Oceanogami (www.oceanogami.com). She has a marine science research background, with a Ph.D. In biodiversity and evolution (Marie Curie ITN training network). Over a decade, she managed projects and collaborated with NGOs, the private sector, and academia in different marine science fields and internationally in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Middle East. Over the last year, Patricia has started a new step in her career learning to be an entrepreneur by co-founding and leading Oceanogami, a marine science consultancy, which aim is to liaise and promote awareness with public and private sectors to find solutions for ocean sustainability and responsibility.
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Workplace harassment
Sunday 24th

Dr Stéphanie Gauttier is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the philosophy department of the University of Twente (the Netherlands). She received an individual fellowship in 2018 to research the links between ethical consideration and acceptance of human enhancement technologies in the workplace. She has received her PhD from the University of Nantes (France) in Information Systems, and holds a masters' in Political Sciences from the Institute of Political Studies of Rennes. She has extensive experience of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, as she also worked on an ITN project ( Eduworks). Stéphanie has worked on European projects related to RRI (Responsible-Industry; Satori) and on projects exploring ways to valorize research in ethics for policy and industry. She joined the policy working group of MCAA in 2018 and leads the task force on RRI, ethics, and gender.
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Workplace harassment
Sunday 24th

Claudine Hermann (born 1945) is Honorary Professor of Physics at Ecole Polytechnique, the most renowned French engineering school. She is alumna of Ecole Normale Supérieure de Jeunes Filles and her PhD (1976) was in Solid State Physics. She was the first woman ever appointed Professor at Ecole Polytechnique (1992).
Claudine is very active in promoting science for girls. She was a member of the EU expert group producing the 'ETAN report' on Women in Academia in Western Europe (2000) and a French member of the Women and Science ('Helsinki') Group at DG Research between 1999 and her retirement in 2005. She was the co-founder and the first president of the French Femmes & Sciences (Women and Science) association, of which she is now President of honour. A founding member of the European Platform of Women Scientists EPWS, she was its Vice-President (2009-2017) and is its President since 2017.
 

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Workplace harassment
Sunday 24th

Ting Ting Cui is originally from Montreal, Canada and has a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and a Master’s degree in Biology. She moved to Germany in 2016 to pursue her PhD degree in diabetes research. However, due to bullying in the academic field, she decided to become a documentary filmmaker giving voice to people that cannot and speaking up about injustices in the workplace. Having previous experience in filmmaking in Canada, she and her business partner have created a documentary film website focusing on positive social change.
She is also currently in the pre-production phase of her first feature length documentary film ‘’Silent Struggle’’, in which students are being interviewed on their experiences of being bullied by either their supervisors or peers. Expert testimonials will explain why this issue is so prevalent and provide possible solutions to end bullying once and for all.

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Workplace harassment
Sunday 24th

Gerhard Wagner holds degrees in International Business Administration as well as Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy from the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Having worked in Vienna's Gender Mainstreaming Department, he recently started his new job as consultant at Deloitte, focusing on equal pay among other topics. In his spare time, he is socio-politically involved in many different topics and member of various associations and initiatives dealing with feminism, gender equality, homelessness and social security. As self-proclaimed and proud feminist he co-founded the association HeForShe Vienna, which he has proceeded since the beginning. HeForShe Vienna aims at achieving gender equality through awareness-raising and knowledge-building activities as well as encouraging men in particular to get active and speak up for gender equality.
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Widening Participation in MSCA
Sunday 24th
Open Science
Monday 25th

Dr Maja Mise works in Archaeological Science with emphasis on the ceramic material and ancient trade connections in the Pre-Roman Adriatic basin. In her work Dr Mise is combining Classical Archaeology and Anthropology with analytical methods draw from the Natural Science, such as geology and chemistry. Maja is currently Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the UCL’s Institute of Archaeology. Her current work includes provenience studies of the ancient amphorae, and reconstruction of the ancient Adriatic trade connections. She is advocate for Open Science and her work at the Institute of Archaeology also includes work on the open archaeological ceramic database.
Maja Mise is the founding Chair of the Croatian Chapter of the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA) and the leader of the task force Open Science of the Policy Working Group of the MCAA.

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Widening Participation in MSCA
Sunday 24th
Evaluation of Research Careers under the EU Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Action
Monday 25th

Fernanda is the chair of the Policy working group of the Marie Curie Alumni Association. She is also a member of the Horizon 2020 Advisory Group for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions and collaborates with the H2020 NewHoRRIzon project aiming at developing strategies to successfully integrate RRI into research projects.
In 2010 she was awarded a Marie Curie Intra-European Career Development grant for an interdisciplinary project on the assessment of gene therapeutics for Muscular Dystrophy at King’s College London. She is currently based in Toulouse, France, host city of the ESOF 2018, for which she acted as project officer for the MCAA.
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Widening Participation in MSCA
Sunday 24th

- Teaching and research coordinator at Faculty of Informatics, Independent University Banja Luka
- Business consultant at Europrojekt centar Banja Luka
- H2020 NCP and Programme Committee member from Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Academic background: PhD students in Information systems
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Widening Participation in MSCA
Sunday 24th

Dr Radenka Krsmanović Whiffen is a current Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellow, whose project “ZnS Wurtzite Nanotextured Ceramic Materials for Pyroelectric Energy Harvesting” is hosted by ENEA C.R. Casaccia. She holds a Masters degree in Scanning Electron Microscopy from the University of Salento and defended her Doctorate at the Department of Physics at the University of Antwerp in 2006. From December 2006 to September 2018 she was employed at the Vinca Institute, University of Belgrade; she was appointed a Research Professor in 2016. Immediately prior to her MSCA IF, she was the Science and Technology Manager for the Electron Microscopy Unit of the Madeira Chemistry Research Centre at the University of Madeira.
In her ongoing MSCA IF she is investigating energy harvesting materials, focusing on designing new bulk forms for ambient energy harvesting using the pyroelectric effect. She is a co-founder and manager of the MCAA Western Balkans Group.
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Widening Participation in MSCA
Sunday 24th

Sandra Vidović (female) has a background in Political Sciences and holds a degree of university specialist for Foreign Policy and Diplomacy. She has been working with the Agency for Mobility and EU Programmes in Department for Mobility of Researchers since 2014 as Horizon 2020 National Contact Point for Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions. Besides dealing with mobility issues and NCP function, within the Department for Mobility of Researchers Ms Vidović currently most actively participates in Net4Mobility+ project, but also contributes to the NCP Academy2 and EURAXESS T.O.P projects.

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Mental Health of Researchers
Sunday 24th

Role: MSCA Researcher at University College Dublin; MCAA Task-force leader for Mental Health for (Early Stage) Researchers
Project: Integrated computer games and mobile apps to support structured delivery of mindfulness-based CBT
Supervisor: Prof Gary O'Reilly
Short Bio: Darragh was awarded a MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology from the University of York, U.K. and obtained a Higher Diploma in Psychology and B.A. Hon. Sociology & Social Policy from University of Dublin (Trinity College Dublin), Ireland.
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Gala Dinner
Sunday 24th 

Martin B. Kalinowski is Head, Scientific Methods Section in the International Data Centre (IDC) Division of the Provisional Technical Secretariat of the CTBTO PreCom. Prior to this, he was Chief, Capacity Building and Training Section in the IDC. 2006 to 2012 he was Professor for Science and Peace Research at University of Hamburg, Germany, and director of the Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker Center for Science and Peace Research. In 2005, he served as Assistant Professor for Technology and International Security in the Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr Kalinowski first joined the IDC in 1998 as Fusion and Review Officer. Prior to this he was scientific assistant for a decade in the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Science, Technology, and Security (IANUS) at Darmstadt University of Technology, Darmstadt, Germany. He co-founded the International Network of Scientists and Engineers Against Proliferation (INESAP).
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Mental Health of Researchers
Sunday 24th

Role: MSCA Research at the University of Glasgow
Project: Prevention and emotional support in complex co-morbid cases involving acquired brain injury
Supervisor: Prof Stephen Brewster
Short Bio: Aris is undertaking a PhD in HCI. He holds a MSc in Information Technology from the Tampereen Teknillinen Korkeakoulu, Greece. Aris also holds a BSc in Informatics and Telecommunication from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
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Mental Health of Researchers
Sunday 24th

Role: MSCA Resercher at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and University College London
Project: A community-led and co-produced intervention to support and promote resilience in schools and services
Supervisor: Dr Julian Edbrooke-Childs
Short Bio: Bettina holds a MSc in Clinical Neuropsychology awarded by Maastricht University. She also holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of Groningen, Netherlands. Bettina is undertaking research for a PhD in Psychology.
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Mental Health of Researchers
Sunday 24th

Role: MSCA Researcher at the University of Glasgow
Project: Automatic Assessment of Child-Parent Attachment
Supervisor: Prof Stephen Brewster
Short Bio: Alberto is undertaking a PhD in Human Computer Interaction. He has a Masters degree in Biomedical Engineering with the University of Barcelona, Spain. His undergraduate degree in Electronics Engineering was taken at the Universidad Politecnica de Cartagena, Murcia, Spain.
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Mental Health of Researchers
Sunday 24th

Franziska was awarded a MSc in Interaction Design from the Malmö University, Sweden and holds a BA in Fine Arts and Multimedia with a Minor in Media Informatics from LMU Munich, Germany.
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Mental Health of Researchers
Sunday 24th

Mark joined the Trinity College Dublin Student Counselling Service in 2011. He attained a Higher Diploma in Psychology and a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, both through Trinity College Dublin. Prior to studying psychology he studied economics and philosophy to degree level. He meets with students for individual counselling as well as facilitating workshops and groups and co-ordinating the service training programme. He has gained experience working therapeutically with people of all ages from a wide variety of backgrounds and across a wide variety of settings. Mark practices as an integrative therapist drawing on humanistic, emotion-focused, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural frameworks. He has a particular interest in how we make meaning of our experiences of painful emotion.

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Mental Health of Researchers
Sunday 24th

Role: MSCA Researcher at the Psykiatrisk Center København and University of Copenhagen
Project: Electronic behavioural smartphone-based biomarker for depression and bipolar disorder and integration with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Supervisor: Prof Lars Vedel Kessing
Short Bio: Sigurd received an MD and MSc in Medicine from the University of Tromsø, Norway and is currently undertaking a PhD in Psychiatry with the University of Copenhagen.
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Project CONSENSUS - MCAA goes AI: Our role in scalable evidence-driven policy-making in the post-truth era
Sunday 24th

Artificial Intelligence: We will fall in Love: P.S. “AI Love You”
Monday 25th

Stavros Skouras is the task-force leader of the conSensus project, coordinated by the MCAA Policy Working Group. He is affiliated with Pompeu Fabra University as an Adjunct Associate Professor and with the University of Bergen as an Associate Research Fellow. He is also a Director of EigenStruct, an international data science agency, and has worked on several pro-bono projects, mainly in the field of special needs education. He holds a BSc in Artificial Intelligence & Psychology (Edinburgh University), an MSc in Cognitive Science (Athens University) and a PhD in Affective Neuroscience (Free Berlin University). During his MSCA-IF, he was selected for the MEP-Scientist pairing scheme at the European Parliament, where he started developing the ideas that led to the formulation of conSensus.
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Keynote 2
Sunday 24th

A Systems Approach to Circular Economy
Monday 25th

The Quantum Frontier: from Foundations to Technologies
Monday 25th

 

Dr. Marco Masia is Innovation consultant for SMEs, not-for-profit organizations, and start-ups. He holds a MSc in Chemistry, PhD in Physics and Master's of Business Administration. He has been vice chair of MCAA from 2016 to 2018, chair of the Policy for Successful Researchers Working Group from 2015 to 2016, and board member of the German Chapter from Its inception until 2018. From February 2016 he has represented MCAA in the Marie Slodovska Curie Actions Advisory Group at DG-EAC. From 2006 to 2016, he has been employed as Assistant Professor of Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Sassari (Italy). His primary expertise resides in computer modelling of complex chemical systems. In December 2011 he was awarded the UNESCO prize Chemistry in South East Europe for the UN International Year of Chemistry. He has been Marie Curie International Ougoing Fellow at Frankfurt and Boston Universities from 2012 to 2015. In 2016 he has been working with the Science Policy unit at EMBO as visiting researcher.
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Writing MSCA-IF Project Proposals
Monday 25th

Supporting Researcher Mobility
Monday 25th

Lil Reif graduated from Humboldt University (Russian, Portuguese and Law) and holds a PhD from the University of Klagenfurt with a dissertation on language policy in Latvia. Since 2015, she works for the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) as expert for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, supporting clients from academia and business in proposal preparation and project implementation, and is involved in EURAXESS, for which FFG acts as one of the two Austrian Bridgehead Organisations. Before joining FFG, Lil was a researcher and project manager at Danube University Krems, has been working as a lecturer at Ventspils Augstskola and as consultant for Riga Graduate School of Law, Latvia, and was a tutor for autonomous language learning at the Language Centre of Humboldt University Berlin. She is a pool member of the EUA Institutional Evaluation Programme, a service to support HEIs in developing strategic leadership and capacity through voluntary institutional evaluations.

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Writing MSCA-IF Project Proposals
Monday 25th

Therese Lindahl graduated in Nutritional Science and after some work experience in the private sector, she joined the Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG in 2004. She has been acting as National Contact Point for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions since FP7/2006. Previous duties include the EURAXESS initiative, consultancy for applicants in “Food quality and safety” and project management for the EU funded project SMEsforFOOD (both FP6). She has also been actively involved in several MSCA NCP projects (People Network, People Network+, Net4Mobility) and is currently task leader in the recently started project Net4Mobility+. Since 2011, she is external lecturer at the Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Vienna, with a seminar on third party research funding and EU policies.

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ERC Project Proposal Writing
Monday 25th

Ylva Huber is a geneticist by training and joined the Austrian Research Promotion Agency
(FFG, Division of European and International Programmes) in 2004. She acts as National
Contact Point (NCP) for the European Research Council (ERC) since 2011 and coordinates
FFG's contribution to the EURAXESS initiative. She is also member of FFGs permanent
working group on Human Resources. Previous functions include the NCP for Health and the
Knowledge Based Bio-Economy in FP7 as well as consultancy on the Innovative Medicines
Initiative (IMI). She has been involved in several FP7 projects aimed at fostering cooperation
and mutual “cultural understanding” between the private and the academic sector, including Fit for Health, the Health-NCP-Net or EURAXIND. Since 2004 she also serves as external lecturer at the University of Vienna.

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Keep Project Proposal Writing Workshop – FWF
Monday 25th

Simone Recchi is a trained astrophysicist. After receiving his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Trieste, Italy, he spent 12 years doing research (in Germany, Austria, and Italy) in the field of formation and evolution of dwarf galaxies. He joined the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) in 2016 as scientific project manager for the natural sciences. His responsibilities include the supervision of applications for the mobility and women’s programmes and support for the applicants. Since September 2018 he is member of the core team for workshops and information events at the FWF.

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Future of Research
Monday 25th

Graduated in Physics from the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain and has a PhD in Material Science by the Basque Country University in San Sebastian, Spain. He was Postdoctoral Associate and Teaching Assistant of Semiconductor Processing Technology in the Department of Material Science and Engineering at MIT, Boston, USA. He has worked at Philips and NXP Semiconductors in the areas of Micro/nano-electronics and Biotechnology. He has been Programme Manager at the Aerospace and Defense Industry Association of Europe. He is participating actively in EC Innovation Initiatives and Funding Programmes. More than 50 scientific papers in top international journals and conferences, and more than 10 international patents. He has received among others the NXP Semiconductors Golden Patent of the Year award. At CERN he has been Knowledge Transfer (KT) Liaison Officer. Now he is section head of the CERN EU Office developing new EU funded projects and initiatives.
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Future of Research
Monday 25th

With a background in particle physics and computational neurosciences, I work at the University of Geneva’s Rectorate where I am in charge, among others, of strategic planning and foresight. In this position, I developed the university MOOC program in 2013. I authored "Les MOOCs, cours en lignes et transformation des universités" (PUM) to reflect about this experience. I am currently Senior advisor to the rector and provide analysis and support on many different topics.
I am also co-founder of the start-up Ayaru, a spin-off of the University of Geneva and MMOS that helps universities to integrate teaching and research online.

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Future of Research
Monday 25th

Dr. Martin Etzrodt has a background in chemistry and biomedical research and trained in Munich, Heidelberg, Lausanne and Boston. As a postdoc at ETH Zurich he most recently focussed on stem cell differentiation and building lab-on-a chip devices to study cell signalling events at single cell resolution. During his time as a postdoc he got increasingly concerned about the currently prevailing antiquated infrastructure for scientific communication and the wrong incentives for most of his fellow scientist colleagues as well as the high entry barriers for the public to access scientific information. He currently holds a positions as principal researcher at the Akasha Foundation, which aims at building advanced global knowledge architectures based on Ethereum and the interplanetary file system.
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Future of Research
Monday 25th

Deputy Director, Dementia Research Institute at King's College London and the Van Geest Chair of Dementia, King's College London.

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A Systems Approach to Circular Economy
Monday 25th

I am an economist with a focus on environment and circular economy. Based in Berlin, I am working as a Business Analyst for EIT Climate-KIC, the European knowledge and innovation community working to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy.
Throughout my professional career in both the private sector (CITCO) and European and International organisations (EU COM (DG ECFIN), the European Biodiesel board (EBB), Prestocentre), I have been working on various interconnected areas: risk management, fund accounting, innovation, EU projects, community building and stakeholder engagement. I also had the opportunity to work with different system actors (academia, business, government, NGOs) that equipped me with a wide lens for looking at societal challenges – what is called a ‘systems perspective’.
I am looking forward to discussing with you ‘A Systems Approach to Circular Economy’.
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A Systems Approach to Circular Economy
Monday 25th

Founder of refurbed, the online marketplace for refurbished electronics & former McKinsey consultant
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A Systems Approach to Circular Economy
Monday 25th

Lorenzo Rieg studied Geo-ecology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and continued with a PhD in Geography at the University of Innsbruck, where he investigated climate change consequences in the mountain cryosphere.
He is now working as research manager at Montanuniversitaet Leoben, where he is mainly involved in projects aiming at reducing industry emissions and working towards circular economy.

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A Systems Approach to Circular Economy
Monday 25th

I am an Early Stage Researcher working on the impact of extreme climatic events on aquatic ecology

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A Systems Approach to Circular Economy
Monday 25th

Gwendolyn Bailey is a PhD candidate at KU Leuven University studying Sustainable Materials Science with a concentration on Rare Earth Elements. Gwendolyn received her MSc degree in environmental management and sustainability from
Universite Catholique de l’Ouest in Angers, France in 2015. Since then, she has been working in KU Leuven’s Department of Materials Engineering and Metallurgy as a Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellow focusing on life cycle assessment, life cycle costing and other sustainability assessments. She is involved in the project DEMETER which is a Horizons2020 project on recycling of rare earth permanent magnet motors.
Gwendolyn is also involved in the coordination and life cycle research management of a EIT Raw Materials funded project called GloREIA, or Towards a Global Rare Earth Industry Association.

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Mind the Gap - Equality and Diversity for Leadership in the Research/Academic environment
Monday 25th

Magdalini Theodoridou holds a PhD in the interdisciplinary field of Conservation Science (Marie Curie Actions-EPISCON project, Italy) and has a background in Civil Engineering (Greece). She has worked as research and teaching fellow in Italy, Hungary, Cyprus and the UK, with major scientific contributions to the fields of porous materials characterisation, decay mechanisms, composites optimisation with advanced technologies and innovative use of micro/non-destructive techniques. She was recently awarded a H2020-MSCA individual fellowship (Cardiff University) researching on the application of biotechnology for self-healing geological construction materials and structures. Magdalini has dedicated herself to ensure equality and diversity among scientists. Since 2018, she has been chair of the GEMS Working Group of the Marie Curie Alumni Association. She envisions the dissemination of GEMS WG work to the broader society and the engagement of more people to address equal opportunities in career development in research and science, as well as a healthy work-life balance.
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Mind the Gap - Equality and Diversity for Leadership in the Research/Academic environment
Monday 25th

Maurice (Mo) O'Brien is a Lecturer in Nursing Studies in the Cardiff University School of Healthcare Sciences and also has the role of being the School lead for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Since 2013, Mo (and colleagues) have formed an interdisciplinary project group, and developed (and evaluated), a successful training programme, delivered University wide, which provides participants (students, academic and professional support staff), with tools, techniques and confidence to develop and deliver teaching and learning that promotes inclusion for LGBT+ people at our university. One of the main outcomes of the working group model, and the training programmes learning platform and content, is that the former has been sustained and membership continues to grow, and the latter has inspired and equipped many of the programme attendees, to go back into their specific disciplines, and develop positive achievable actions that enhances LGBT+ people’s representation and visibility.
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Mind the Gap - Equality and Diversity for Leadership in the Research/Academic environment
Monday 25th

My research focuses on identifying therapeutic targets to treat/prevent vascular damage due to metabolic diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes. Postdoc fellow (Talent Attraction Program) at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). BSc. in Biology at University of Granada, Erasmus in Uppsala Universität. European PhD in Pharmacology at UAM with stay at the University of Liverpoool, awarded Extraordinary prize. Postdoc at the German Diabetes Center in Düsseldorf. Marie Curie-IEF in 2013 and Young Investigator Award of the Spanish Society of Pharmacology in 2014. Active member of Marie Curie Association Alumni and CERFA (Spanish Researchers in Germany). Mentee of the Heinrich Heine University SelmaMeyerWISS+Programme. Organizer of the 2016 CERFA symposium “Women in Science”. Secretary of the MCAA GEMS Working Group since 2018. If we aim to build a fair society, being Science part of this society, Gender Equality and Diversity should be a transversal issue to defeat the "gender gap”.
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Mind the Gap - Equality and Diversity for Leadership in the Research/Academic environment
Monday 25th

Mantombi Ngoloyi, a co-founder and leader of Black Women in Science (BWIS), a South African non-profit organisation, obtained her Bachelor of Science Honours and Master of Science degrees in Environmental Science at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the Université Toulouse III Paul Sabatier in France. Her research focus is on the reconstruction of fossil hominin site Kromdraai in UNESCO World Heritage Site the Cradle of Humankind (South Africa), using 3D digitization techniques and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
Mantombi would like to use her international platform to contribute to the facilitation of strong academic relations between South African and international universities, particularly exposing women to more academic opportunities abroad and encouraging collaborations. She would like to promote self-empowerment amongst women in Africa, and to foster the emancipation of young previously disadvantaged females through education, business and entrepreneurship.
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Mind the Gap - Equality and Diversity for Leadership in the Research/Academic environment
Monday 25th

Daniel Conley held a European Union Marie Curie Chair at Lund University from 2007-2009, where he is currently a Professor in Biogeochemistry at the Department of Geology. His research focuses on perturbation of nutrient cycles by human activities and the responses of marine ecosystems to changes in human impact and climate. He is engaged in research on the spread of dead zones in estuaries and coasts, and the impact of low oxygen upon biogeochemical cycles. He carries out research on the global biogeochemical silica cycle and has shown that the Si cycle is dominated by biological processes along the land-sea continuum. Daniel uses statistical data as evidence to ensure gender balance at all stages of a career in research and innovation.
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Mind the Gap - Equality and Diversity for Leadership in the Research/Academic environment
Monday 25th

Klaus Höckner, born 1966, is member of the board of the Hilfsgemeinschaft based in Vienna. With more than 4650 members, the Hilfsgemeinschaft is the leading privately funded organisation helping visually impaired persons in Austria. He is member of the board of the Austrian Disabilty Forum and vice president of the Austrian Computer Society, as well as sitting in IAAPs Global Leadership Council. Klaus has an ICT background. He studied at the University of Economics in Vienna and has a degree as well as a PG in WebAccessiblity and Fundraising. Klaus is working for more than 15 years in the field of Accessiblity, especially regarding to ICT and standardisation in the context of an european (i.e. in the European Disability Forum EDF) and inter/national level.
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Artificial Intelligence: We will fall in Love: P.S. “AI Love You”Monday 25th

He received diploma in Physics and had McS degree in Solid State Physics. He worked in different positions in different institutions as an expert or researcher.
After obtaining his PhD, he became a multitasking researcher who developed skills on experimental physics, chemistry, materials science and instrumentation.
He organizes and regularly attends academic and industrial workshops, seminars and conferences.
He was the founder&CEO of Enerins Ltd. that develops custom based measurement instruments and wearable thermoelectric power generators.
He had his two years Marie S. Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship at Orsay Molecular Chemistry and Materials Institute at University of Paris Sud 11, Paris
He is currently Assistant Prof. at Erzincan University, Turkey.
As a responsible scientist, he is volunteering at Marie Curie Alumni Association as a Secretary of ExCom.
Learning whole life.
He does aikido, learning violin and guitar. For pleasure, drawing is one of the oldest habits of his life.
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Artificial Intelligence: We will fall in Love: P.S. “AI Love You”
Monday 25th

Born in Australia and raised in Austria, Stephanie gained a very personal insight into intercultural differences from a young age. She studied Cultural- and Social Anthropology in Austria and the Netherlands.
All her 20's she was involved in the national and international Startup Ecosystem. Already empowering startups back in 2010 with the STARTup Live Vienna (now Pioneers Festival). This led her to coach startups in organisational and team dynamics. She's driven by fostering innovation and connecting her passion for entrepreneurship and education. ​
She’s also the co-founder of TEDxDonauinsel and Chancen:reich, the largest career fair for refugees in Europe.
2017 she got elected, among only a few under the age of 30, into the Austrian Parliament and is now Member of Parliament and trying to disrupt the way policy is made in the Austrian Parliament and beyond with her hands-on mentality. Her focus is digitalisation and education.

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Artificial Intelligence: We will fall in Love: P.S. “AI Love You”
Monday 25th

Georg Langs is Associate Professor at the Medical University of Vienna, and director of the Computational Imaging Research Lab at the Department of Biomedical Imaging and Image-guided Therapy. He has a Research Affiliate appointment at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) at MIT, where he spends about 2 months per year. Before that he was a Research Scientist at CSAIL, MIT, a post-doctoral Assocaite at the Applied Mathematics Laboratory of the Ecole Centrale de Paris. He has a PhD in Computer Science (Graz University of Technology), and a Master in Mathematics (Vienna University of Technology). His research focus is on machine learning and computer vision in the context of medical imaging, disease and treatment response prediction.
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Artificial Intelligence: We will fall in Love: P.S. “AI Love You”
Monday 25th

Clemens Wasner is CEO of EnliteAI, an Austrian company specialized on applying AI to real world business problems, as well as founder and CEO of AI Austria, an independent think-tank to promote AI and ensure Austria’s competitiveness in that field. Before starting his own company he spent more than 10 years in Asia from where he oversaw the business expansion as a partner in a managing consulting firm.
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The Quantum Frontier: from Foundations to Technologies
Monday 25th

Marcus Huber leads a group at the interface of theoretical and experimental physics at the Institute of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna. The topics being investigated by his interdisciplinary team include quantum foundations and mathematical physics as well as applied quantum optics and thermodynamics. After his PhD in the group of particle physics at the University of Vienna, he continued as a MSCA fellow at the University of Bristol and the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, a Juan de la Cierva fellow in Barcelona, as well as an AMBIZIONE grantee at the University of Geneva. In 2015 he received the START Prize from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), enabling his return and the start of his group in Vienna. He is one of the founders of QUANTUM, a community run journal that aims to remove all financial barriers and incentives in scientific publishing.
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The Quantum Frontier: from Foundations to Technologies
Monday 25th

Dr. Rupert Ursin is a group leader and senior scientist at the IQOQI. His main field of research is to develop quantum communication and quantum information processing technologies, mainly for free-space, but also for fibre-based systems. The scope of his work ranges from near term engineering solutions for secure key sharing (quantum cryptography) to more speculative research (de-coherence of entangled states in gravitational fields). Experiments on quantum communication and teleportation using entangled photon pairs is also among his interests, with the long- term goal of a future global quantum network based on quantum repeaters. He has been experimentally active in numerous international collaborations in Germany, Italy, Spain, USA as well as in China and Japan. Lead several ESA funded projects as well as on the national and EU level.
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The Quantum Frontier: from Foundations to Technologies
Monday 25th

Yelena is a theoretical physicist and completed her PhD at the University of Bristol under the supervision of Prof. Sandu Popescu in 2016. The emphasis of her studies was in the foundations of quantum mechanics, with topics ranging from non-locality to causality. She then moved to Vienna as a postdoc to Marcus Huber's group and continued to pursue research in quantum information and quantum thermodynamics.
In 2018 she was awarded the Young Independent Researcher Group (YIRG) fellowship by the Austrian National Science Fund and will co-start a research group between the University of Vienna and Austrian Academy of Sciences.

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The Quantum Frontier: from Foundations to Technologies
Monday 25th

My background is quantum information theory with focus on quantum correlations, exploring both its fundamental aspects and its applications to cryptography. I received my PhD degree in physics from Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), in Brazil, where I originally come from. During the PhD I have worked mostly on the fundamental aspects of quantum nonlocality.
For the past three years, as a post-doctoral researcher within QuTech-TU Delft, my research has been mainly focused on applications of quantum nonlocality to security proofs in very adversarial scenarios, and in exploring multipartite correlations for the design and analysis of protocols for the quantum internet.
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Evaluation of Research Careers under the EU Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Action
Monday 25th

Katrien Maes is an expert in EU research, innovation and HE policies. She is the current chair of the EC's Horizon2020 MSCA Advisory Group. A former academic in the US, she has worked since 2004 for and is currently Deputy Secretary-General of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), a network of 23 European research-intensive universities, which promotes the role of research universities in the knowledge society across Europe and beyond. LERU’s objective is to advocate these values, influence policy and promote good practice through exchange of experience. Katrien has worked on many issues for LERU, including assessment, doctoral education, research careers, professional development, gender equality and diversity, research integrity, and more. She has overseen the development of many LERU policy papers, e.g. about women in academia, open science, and societal impact. Katrien has a PhD in linguistics and was a tenure-track assistant professor at the University of Delaware (1986-2002).
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Researcher career evaluation under RRI - Widening the definitions of (academic) success
Monday 25th

Jean-David Malo studied in the Institut National Supérieur des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (Paris) and the University of California (Berkeley).
He started his career as Head of internal control management in the Comité Professionnel de la Distribution de Carburants in France before joining ARMINES, a body managing contractual research and innovation for French engineering schools (Ecoles des MInes, Ecole Polytechnique, ENSTA, …). He joined the European Commission in January 2001. On February 2017 he has been appointed as Director of the Directorate in charge of "Open Innovation and Open Science". The European Innovation Council, the Pan-European Venture Capital Fund(s)-of-Funds Programme, the RDI dimension under the European Fund for Strategic investments, the European Open Science Cloud, the long-term sustainable investments for Research Infrastructures, the monitoring of the ERA Roadmaps, etc… are among the various files he is in charge of or contributing to.

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Evaluation of Research Careers under the EU Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Action
Monday 25th

Anne Loeber is an associate professor at the University of Amsterdam in public policy and governance. In her research, she explores the relation between knowledge and the organisation of knowledge production, policy and governance. The methodological and institutional challenges of evaluating system transformative efforts have her particular interest. Empirically, she focuses on public engagement and stakeholder dialogues on sustainable development, agriculture and health. Her research is currently centred on designing the evaluation of concerted action dedicated to promoting the uptake of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in research funding schemes, in particular H2020, conceptualised as system innovation. This research is organised in a European Collaboration and Support Action (CSA) project, NewHoRRIzon, in which she is also responsible for a Social Lab on RRI in MSCA. In addition she engages in advisory work for governments, such as for the Dutch Delta Commissioner on evaluating water safety and climate adaptation policies.
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Researcher career evaluation under RRI - Widening the definitions of (academic) success
Monday 25th

Gareth O'Neill [https://twitter.com/gtoneill] is president of the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers (Eurodoc) [http://eurodoc.net]. He is interested in science policy for researchers and in improving the implementation and skills training of Open Science across Europe. Gareth was involved in the Dutch National Plan for Open Science, is an expert on Intersectoral Mobility and Open Science for the European Commission, and is a member of the H2020 Advisory Group on Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. He lives in Amsterdam and can often be seen sailing in a traditional Irish boat on Lake IJsselmeer.

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Researcher career evaluation under RRI - Widening the definitions of (academic) success
Monday 25th

Dr Katie Wheat is Head of Higher Education Engagement at Vitae, the global leader in supporting the professional development of researchers, experienced in working with institutions as they strive for research excellence, innovation and impact. Katie’s responsibilities include engaging with Vitae’s community on policy and provision for researcher development, through to delivery of training and events. She is a passionate advocate for the importance of career development and equality of opportunity and fulfils this passion through relationships with researcher networks. Particular areas of interest include wellbeing, independence, and intersectoral mobility. Katie was a postdoctoral researcher in psychology at Maastricht University.
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Evaluation of Research Careers under the EU Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Action
Monday 25th

Pro-Vice-Provost of the University College London (UCL) Doctoral School - the role is to lead the strategy for early career researcher development (doctoral and postdoctoral) at UCL. UCL has over 5,500 research students and 3500 postdoctoral researchers. Chair of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) Doctoral Studies Policy Group and member of several advisory boards for early career researcher development in Europe including currently at the University of Zurich and RWTH Aachen, and previously for the Luxembourg National Research Agency, the University of Vienna, and the Doctoral Training Group of European Research Area Working Group on Human Mobility and Resources. Lead author on three LERU policy documents on Doctoral Training. He recently chaired a review of the UK’s Concordat for the Career Development of Research Staff.
Professor of Chemical Engineering at University College London (UCL) with research interests in Process Systems Engineering and Systems Biology.

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Evaluation of Research Careers under the EU Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Action
Monday 25th

Dr Karen Stroobants is a policy adviser on open access at the Royal Society of Chemistry. She previously worked on the research culture programme of the Royal Society, covering themes including diversity, inclusivity, integrity, collaboration, and broadening the definitions of academic success.
Karen moved to the UK initially to conduct research on the molecular basis of Alzheimer’s disease at the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge for which she received a Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellowship and a By-Fellowship at Churchill College. Prior to this she obtained her PhD in chemistry at KU Leuven in Belgium.
Throughout her career, Karen has been an active volunteer in the science policy space and she is currently vice-chair of the policy WG of MCAA. She was president of Cambridge University Science and Policy Exchange in academic year ’17-18 and was featured as one of the Cambridge women campaigning for gender equality in the same year.
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Refugees and Higher Education - What can you do to support academic refugees to enter academia and the labour market?Monday 25th

A Highly motivated and enthusiastic researcher in the field of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology with Master degree in Pharmaceutical and Industrial Biotechnology from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany.
Recently I am in the end stage of my research to get a PhD degree in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology. After a long journey among industry, academy and clinical work, it is the perfect time now to pursue my path in a new position where it is possible to exploit skills that are refined over 15 years experience of organized work, flexibility and being efficient and productive to my teams of work.
Education profile:
- 01.10.2015 - Present PhD candidate, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale) (Germany)
- 01.10.2010 - 31.03.2013 M. Sc. Pharmaceutical and Industrial Biotechnology, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale) (Germany)
- 01.10.1998 - 31.07.2003 B. Sc. in Pharmaceutical sciences, Mosul University, Mosul (Iraq)

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Refugees in Higher Education: What can you do to support academic refugees to enter academia and the labor market?
Monday 25th

Eleni Andrianopulu is the Acting Director of the International Office of Bielefeld University. She has worked as a member of the Executive Board and the Board of Trustees of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) (2006-2012). She has since 2015 a leading role in the development and the acquisition of third party funding of projects for refugees and international researchers at UNIBI, like Horizon2020 (BRiDGE and BRiDGE Step II), Humboldt-Foundation (PSI 2nd, 3rd and 4th round), Mercator Foundation (Refugees), DAAD (STIBET-Doktoranden) and Total E-Quality Add On Diversity 2017. She is involved in several steering groups such as for the Diversity Audit at Bielefeld University by the Stiferverband, and for the Initiative “Bielefeld2000Plus, Research Projects for the Region”. She has been a member of the Bielefeld working group “Integration in the labour market” in the project “Shaping Immigration” a model project in North Rhine-Westphalia by the City of Bielefeld.
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Refugees and Higher Education - What can you do to support academic refugees to enter academia and the labour market?Monday 25th

Andreina Laera is a Phd candidate in Advanced Biological Waste to Energy Technologies, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Joint Doctorate Programme since December 2015. The main aim of her research activity is to investigate the speciation of trace elements (e.g. cobalt, nickel, iron, lead) in digestate, a by-product of anaerobic digestion of organic wastes, before land application.
Beyond the scientific research, she is leading the task-force “ Refugees and Higher education” of the Policy Working Group of MCAA, where she is coordinating activities to increase awareness of existing best practices to integrate refugee scholars into higher education institutions in Europe.
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Refugees and Higher Education - What can you do to support academic refugees to enter academia and the labour market?Monday 25th

Dr. Miguel Antonio Lim is Lecturer in Education and International Development and Research Coordinator at the Manchester Institute of Education at the University of Manchester. Previously, he was EU-Marie Curie Fellow at Aarhus University, Denmark. He has worked on international partnerships for Sciences Po-Paris and taught at the London School of Economics (LSE). From 2010-2012, he was the Executive Director of the Global Public Policy Network Secretariat.
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Refugees and Higher Education - What can you do to support academic refugees to enter academia and the labour market?Monday 25th

Nuria Diez Guardia has a degree in Economics from Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) and an MSc in Economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona (Spain). I also studied Political Science and I am now studying Anthropology at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (Spain). I worked at the Centre for European Policy Studies over the period 1998 to 2001 and then I joined the European Commission and worked in areas of employment and social affairs, education, gender equality, migration and integration. I am currently a policy officer working on integration in the Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs of the European Commission.

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Science Diplomacy
Monday 25th

As a Mercator Fellow on International Affairs, Dr. Yoran Beldengrün analyses the potential of science diplomacy in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and contributes to cross-border science projects in the region. From Oct-Dec 18 he worked therefore in Boston at the Swiss Science Consulate, swissnex, and since January 19 he works in Israel with EcoPeace Middle East and other local science diplomacy projects.
He completed his PhD in the field of Nanomedicine at the IQAC-CSIC in Barcelona and holds a MSc in Biomedical Engineering and a BSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences, both from the ETH Zürich. Yoran is the founder of the Scientists Dating Forum, a grass-roots organization which aims at encouraging scientists to engage at the interface between science and politics, society and economics. Moreover, he headed the organization of the March for Science Barcelona. During an internship at UNESCO in Paris, Yoran gained experience in science policy and capacity-building.
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Science Diplomacy
Monday 25th

Angela Sarcina is Junior Professional Officer within the Division of Science Policy and Capacity Building at UNESCO, dealing with global programmes in Science Technology and Innovation Policy, Science Diplomacy, and Science-Policy-Society linkages.
Before joining UNESCO, she was Research Fellow at the University of Salento, working on innovation policies and ecosystems in Europe and China. She was Visiting Research Fellow at Jinan University, studying technology transfer dynamics among Chinese firms within a MSCA funded project.
She obtained a PhD in Industrial Economics and Policies from the University of Ferrara and South China University of Technology, defending a thesis on territorial unbalances in the Chinese industrialization process. She holds a BSc in Economics of Public Administration and International Institutions and MSc in Applied Economics and Economic Policies from University of Ferrara. She studied at the UCLA and the University of Birmingham, and she worked at UNIDO and the Italian Embassy in Zambia.

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Science Diplomacy
Monday 25th

Katharina T. Paul is senior research fellow at the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Vienna. She is an expert in policy analysis and her current research focusses on vaccination policy in the EU context. She leads a Work Package on Health Diplomacy in the H2020 funded project InsSCiDE and an Elise Richter project funded by the FWF - Austrian Science Fund.
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Mentoring and Outreach Projects
Sunday 24th

Open Science
Monday 25th

Micaela Crespo holds a Master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Barcelona (Spain) and a PhD in chemical engineering from EPFL (Switzerland). She subsequently obtained a Marie Curie Fellowship for a post-doctoral stay at the University of Cambridge during which she obtained a project management certification and chaired the policy working group of the Marie Curie Alumni Association (2016-2017). Micaela is now Open Access coordinator at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) where she’s in charge of developing and implementing an Open Access strategy for the University.
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Open Science
Monday 25th

Ivo Grigorov holds a PhD in Marine Science, currently fundraising for Denmark`s National Institute of Aquatic Resources at DTU. He advocates for applying Open Science, Knowledge Transfer and Science Literacy principles to marine & climate research, for both individual career benefit as well as institutional visibility and greater societal impact.
As part of H2020 FOSTER+, IG runs the “Open Science Clinique” advising public funds grant applicants how to gain a competitive edge with Open Science-Knowledge Transfer-Science Literacy, and optimise the synergies between full disclosure of public-funded research and traditional Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) practices.
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Open Science
Monday 25th

Dr Ayris is Pro-Vice-Provost (UCL Library Services). He joined UCL in 1997.
Dr Ayris was the President of LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries) 2010-14. He is Co-Chair of the LERU (League of European Research Universities) INFO Community. He chairs the OAI Organizing Committee for the Cern-Unige Workshops on Innovations in Scholarly Communication. He is also Chair of JISC Collections’ Content Strategy Group. On 1 August 2013, Dr Ayris became Chief Executive of UCL Press. He is a member of the Provost and President’s Senior Management Team in UCL.
He has a Ph.D. in Ecclesiastical History and publishes on English Reformation Studies.
 

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Open Science
Monday 25th

Ben McLeish is Director of Outreach & Engagement for Europe at Digital Science, where he divides his time between the Dimensions research intelligence service and Altmetric. He has worked across academic publishing sales, search and discovery services and research systems and services for 15 years, although he only vaguely remembers some of the early years.
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Open Science
Monday 25th

I am an Italian islander with a great passion for Coffee, Big Data & Open Knowledge. I have a PhD in Bioinformatics from Ghent University, Belgium, and currently work as a Data Scientist for a for-profit corporation.
In my free time I do as much as I can Open Science things: I am part of the Civic Lab Gent, busy with the development and testing of the Open Science MOOC (https://opensciencemooc.eu/), and always advocating for equal opportunities and free knowledge.
I hunt unicorns, talk a lot and I am crazily in love with George Costanza.
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Branding yourself
Monday 25th

Science Comedy Night
Monday 25th

Experimental physicist graduated from the University of Catania, PhD candidate in biophysics at the University of Dundee, space pirate currently based on planet earth.

I love looking for creative ways to communicate science and physics, taking advantages of the new media and channels nowadays available.
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Branding yourself
Monday 25th

Science Comedy Night
Monday 25th

Nehama is a senior lecturer at the Department of Communication, University of Haifa, and head of the MA program in Strategic Communication and Public Relations. She was born and raised in Melbourne Australia but has spent the last 20+ years in Israel and in the U.S. In addition to her academic research in health communication and persuasion, Nehama is Chief Behavioral Officer at Medorion, a company specializing in tailoring interventions to increase patient engagement. She serves as a board member of MCAA, and on the Management Committee of a COST Action (Sexual Medicine Network). Nehama is also an expert reviewer for ITN proposals.
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Branding yourself
Monday 25th
 

Science Comedy Night
Monday 25th

If you ask Valerie to describe herself in three words, she would say: tall, nerdy and clumsy (not necessarily in that order). Clearly not bound to one country – or side of the world – she was born in the US, grew up in Belgium, and has studied in France and Scotland. She recently finished a PhD in biophysics and is currently working in a chemical engineering startup working on conductive plastics and teaches LEGO robotics.
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Branding yourself
Monday 25th

Martijn Peters is a Science Communication Officer at Hasselt University (UHasselt), Belgium. His Ph.D. revolved around the design fluorescent nanoparticles to study brain diseases like Multiple Sclerosis. Yet during this period he also discovered a new passion, science communication. Over the past years, Martijn received multiple prestigious awards for his many outreach efforts and was the first one ever to receive the year prize in science communication twice from the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and Arts. His main specialization is public speaking and the use of social media for branding yourself as a researcher and building your academic profile. He has gained a following of over 10,000 people on both Twitter and Instagram. So be sure to check out his profiles!
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Team Leaders Mental Health (Pre-registration required)
Monday 25th

Sara has been a Career-Track Principal Investigator in Cell and Developmental Biology in Barcelona since 2011. She is also an independent public funding consultant, working with foundations, companies and academic institutions. Experienced in managing teams, projects and budgets and developing partnerships and collaborations with non-governmental organisations and academic institutions. Sara was awarded a PhD by the University College London (UCL), followed by post-doctoral work in the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York. Her work has dealt with basic questions of Cell Biology, such as tissue organisation and cell motility, within the 3D complex and dynamic in vivo embryonic system. Within MCAA, apart from currently serving in the Board, Sara has been a co-chair of the Portugal-Spanish chapter and is an active Policy WG member.

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Supporting Researcher Mobility
Monday 25th

I got my degree in biology and specialized in fundamental biology. After a year of working abroad and learning English I did an MBA in biotechnology focused on business at Aliter International Business School in Madrid. After a first employment as field technician gathering data for the research project "anthropometric measures of the female population in Spain" at the Institute of Biomechanics of Valencia I joined the staff of the Genoma España Foundation (a public foundation financing projects and different initiatives for the promotion of biotechnology, genomics and proteomics). In this foundation I worked as R+D+I project (and calls) manager for 5 years. Later I joined the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology where I have worked as European project manager, and in bibliometric data analysis, science diplomacy, organization of scientific events of different kind, and in the promotion of science Spanish in international environments.
In early 2018 I was appointed MSCA National Contact Point right after starting my collaboration with the EURAXESS Spain network as portal administrator and responsible for the promotion of HRS4R in Spain. I am responsible with the activities related with the collaboration with researchers networks within the Net4Mobility+ project; a project of collaboration among MSCA NCPs.
 

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Supporting Researcher Mobility
Monday 25th

Yasmin Dolak-Struss graduated in Physics at the Vienna University of Technology, where she also obtained her PhD in Mathematical Biology. After doing research as a Post-Doc at the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the University of Vienna, she joined the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) in 2007. Yasmin Dolak-Struss has worked at FFG as an expert for different European programmes, since 2013 for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions in Horizon2020. She has been actively involved in several European projects and is certified as trainer for adult education. Core part of her work at FFG is counselling and training of researchers regarding European research proposals and projects.

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Supporting Researcher Mobility
Monday 25th

Elwin Reimink is Data and Impact Analysis Officer at the COST Association. He holds an MSc in Psychometrics and a PhD in Political Science. Currently, he works on the convergence between data analysis on the one hand and political and organisational processes on the other hand. At the COST Association, he is responsible for the implementation of the COST Impact Model, as well as for managing collaborations with academic partners. His main interest is analysing the perspectives of individual researchers on impact, and how bringing people together can create additional impact.

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Science Comedy Night
Monday 25th

Born 10. July 1973 in Linz (Austria)
1983-1991: Bundesrealgymnasium (secondary comprehensive school) Linz Auhof
1991-2001: Studies in Technical Mathematics at Johannes Kepler University Linz, graduated as Dipl.-Ing. (with distinction)
2001-2009: Work in the field of computational fluid mechanics at the IMCC (Johannes Kepler University Linz) in cooperation with the company AVL (Graz, Austria)
2009: Joined the project 'Mathematical Algorithms and Software for ELT Adaptive Optics' with the European Southern Observatory (ESO)
2017: Dr. in technichal sciences (with distinction), Johannes Kepler University Linz, PhD Thesis: New Reconstruction Approaches in Adaptive Optics for Extremely Large Telescopes.
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Science Comedy Night
Monday 25th
Branding yourself
Monday 25th

Dr. Matthew Murtha obtained his PhD in molecular biology from The Ohio State University in the vast emptiness of the American MidWest. As a postdoc in New York he developed a novel way to annotate genomic regulatory elements. His work then took him to the coasts of Catalonia for a postdoc in cancer epigenetics in Barcelona, Spain.

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Science Comedy Night
Monday 25th

Blanca Guasch is a PhD researcher in the Scientific Communication Research Group of Universitat Pompeu Fabra and she is involved in the Smart and Advanced Materials Research Group of Elisava School of Design and Engineering of Barcelona. She is specialized in the communication of nanoscience and nanotechnology, especially graphene.

She graduated in Industrial Design Engineering, where she specialized in Product Engineering and she won the “Ei!” Award for the best academic records. After that, she studied the Master’s Degree in Design and Communication (MUDIC) and specialized in Art Direction. Her job experience involves working as product design engineer (Benedito Design), graphic designer (Diferentis), materials specialist (Materfad), communicator (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), reviewer (Common Ground Research Networks), and university teacher (Elisava).
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ACCOMMODATION

 

Vienna has a wide selection of accommodation, some suggestions are below (please note this list is not exhaustive).   We have also got some special rates from some hotels, so please feel free to use these.

Of course you are welcome to make alternative accommodation arrangements to suit your needs.

 

Warning: Please notice that scammers have been spotted approaching attendees to try to obtain information about their stay in Vienna. The MCAA advises extra caution when providing your personal and travel data to 3rd parties.

 

 
 

 

 

VENUE & TRANSPORT

Venue

The University of Vienna was founded by Duke Rudolph IV in 1365.  Being one of the oldest universities in the German-speaking world, it is associated with 15 Nobel prize winners and the academic home to a large number of scholars of historical and academic importance.  The following maps provide further details to assit you in getting to/from the University (maps courtesy of Universität Wien).

Further details of accessibility, including elevators can be found here (please note this doucment is in German)

 

Getting to Vienna

There are a number of options to get you to Vienna, by air, rail or road.

 

Getting into and around Vienna

Vienna is approximately 16km north-west of the Vienna International Airport; with its extensive transport system, Vienna city centre can be easily accessible.

 

 

SOCIAL EVENTS

The MCAA  have organised a number of evening social events and would very much like you to join them. 

These events are an ideal opportunity to network, connect and continue conversations under a more 'relaxed' atmosphere, so please come along and extend your MCAA experience.

 

 
 
 

Are you looking for Abstract & Poster submission details? The submissions are now closed. The deadline for submissions was 31st January 2019. 

 

 

PARTNERING

Established by the EC in 2012, the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA) is today a thriving organisation, with 11,000+ members and growing. These are all current or past beneficiaries of a Marie Curie research grant, working and living across five continents.

MCAA members are among the best researchers in the world. They are mobile, industry experienced and well trained in different fields including life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, humanities, economics and many other areas.

To keep this community thriving, and making the most of the opportunities presented by our global network, the MCAA has geographic chapters and issue specific working groups. It also holds its Annual Conference and General Assembly each year. At these events, members meet in person, talk to peers and industry, exchange knowledge, and make the most of this incredible network.

The 2019 event will take place at the University of Vienna, Austria, on the 24th and 25th of February. Dating from 1365, the University is one of the oldest in the German-speaking world. With its long and rich history, the University of Vienna is associated with 15 Nobel prize winners and offers a structure and visibility tailored to the vibrant network of the MCAA.

 

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When supporting the GA, you become eligible for a 25% discount on our social media options (see below); This offer increases to 50% if you opt for the Platinum option

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