"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.

 

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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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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

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.

 

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Keynote Speakers

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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 evaluator, 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 & Organizers

 

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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

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 

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 

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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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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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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Behind the scene of a business venture
Sunday 24th

Workplace harassment 
Sunday 24th 
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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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

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

- 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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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

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

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

Supporting Researcher Mobility
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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Proposal Writing Workshops (MSCA-IF, ERC, 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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A Systems Approach to Circular Economy
Monday 25th

Edgar has been manager for Sustainable Production Systems at EIT Climate-KIC since 2017, where he manages the Innovation Portfolio on circular economy and carbon neutral industries. He previously worked in the Climate and Energy department at WBCSD, where he led the implementation of the below50 campaign - a global initiative on sustainable alternative fuels within the Low Carbon Technology Partnerships Initiative (LCTPi). He also worked in the environmental department for Toyota Motor Europe, in the GoGreen department for Deutsche Post DHL, and in environmental services for Adidas. Edgar holds a BSc and a MSc in Environmental Engineering from the Faculty of Sciences and Technology, New University of Lisbon, Portugal.

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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

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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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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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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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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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 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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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

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

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.
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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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Team Leaders Mental Health (Pre-registration required)
Monday 25th

Mark joined the Trinity College Dublin Student Counselling Service (SCS) 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, facilitates workshops and groups and is currently co-ordinating all training requests made to the SCS. This involves writing, developing and delivering trainings on such topics as supporting students in distress, self-care and resilience and perfectionism. 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 therapy (EFT) and psychodynamic frameworks. He has a particular interest in EFT and how it can best be used in a Student Counselling setting.

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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.

 


 

 

 

 

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).

 

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.

 

 

ABSTRACTS & POSTER INFORMATION

 

Members of MCAA are encouraged and welcome to present their research work at the General Assembly and Annual Conference. A Poster Session is planned to give members a chance to share their discoveries and experiences with other members attending this event!

Abstract deadline

Please note that the deadline for abstract submission is 31st January 2019

Specifics

Hardcopy Poster: Posters should be provided in A0 format (width 841 x height 1189 mm), although smaller posters will be also accepted. Members are responsible for designing and printing the poster, and for bringing it to the event.

Posters MUST include Title, Author(s) and Affiliations.

Digital Poster

For the first time, the MCAA is introducing digital poster presentation. You can upload your poster in PDF format via conference app. Among all submitted digital posters, the top posters will be selected, and the author will be given the chance to present it (mini oral presentation).

Set-up and Presentation of Posters

When arriving at the venue, please contact the organisation staff, who will help you displaying the poster in the proper place. Authors are expected to be ‘on duty’ near their posters during the poster session to answer questions from the attendees.         

At the end of the General Assembly, members must collect their materials with the support of the organisation staff. Any posters remaining after the end of the event will be destroyed.

Book of Abstracts

After the General Assembly, the MCAA will produce a Book of Abstracts, following the assessment of poster submissions made by members during the General Assembly 2019.

You can consult the Book of Abstracts from 2018 General Assembly here.

 

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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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PARTNERS

 

 

Do you want to become a partner? Contact us either by e-mail or by using the contact form

 

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Speaking at MCAA conference

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Short interview

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Name an award

(Outstanding contributor/Career award/or suggest yours!)

       

Your logo in the event’s Book of Abstracts, Agenda and participants’ folder

       

Banner + Job posting on MCAA web-portal

(Two weeks banner, job posting widget provided by sponsor)

       

Exhibition booth at the Career Fair

       

Sponsor the Welcome Pack:

- provide sustainable item to the welcome package

       

- co-branding of the conference bag

   

 

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CSR sponsorship

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Social Media option

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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Sponsorship options Basic Advance Premiere

Price for 1 year - three months prior to the Annual Conference and nine months afterwards

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50% discount when sponsoring all other MCAA events -  MCAA Working Group events and MCAA Local Chapters events.      

- Your organisation’s name and logo posted on our Twitter account

- Your organisation’s name, logo and short presentation (100 word profile) posted on our Facebook account

     

One half page publication* in MCAA newsletter

     
4 publications* of half page each, in 4 newsletters      

One full page publication* in the MCAA’s Irradium Magazine (published once in a year)

     

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