Research Culture and Career Perspectives

Title: Research Culture and Career Perspectives
Speaker: Group of Expert Speakers, details below

Audience: MCAA members  
Format: Hybrid

When: Friday, 14th October 2022 @14:00 - 18:00 CET
Where: Online [Zoom] and In-person Darmstadt: location


The German and the Middle East Chapters have the pleasure to invite you to the Hybrid event about research culture and career perspectives. We will hear from different experts about major topics that matter to all researchers, such as mental health in research, research culture, science policy, and more.

It has been a long time for in-person networking for the chapters’ members, so it will be a great opportunity to gather again - for those who are in Germany - as much as the Corona regulations allow. It will also be a great chance for the two chapters’ members to discuss those topics and share ideas.

Below you can find the full Agenda of the event, in addition to a short Bio for our speakers.
JOIN US! and register HERE!

The zoom link and details will be shared before the event for all registered participants.
You may also invite colleagues - MCAA members-  who might be interested in participating in the event.


Event Start Date
14 Oct 2022

Event End Date
14 Oct 2022



  • 14:00-14:05   |   "Welcome and Orga"
  • 14:05-14:20   |   "MCAA board - Welcoming Message",   by Fernanda Bajanca, the MCAA Chair.
  • 14:20-14:30   |  " Introduction By Chapters", by Chapters' Chairs.
  • 14:35-15:00   |   "Regain real agency for your mental wellbeing: How the OEduverse idea helps to create healthier, sustainable research careers", by Christian Weber.
  • 15:05-15:30   |    "Should I stay or should I go? - Brain drain, remote work and more",  by  Scott Harrison.
  • 15:35-16:05   |     Coffee Break - Networking
  • 16:05-16:30   |    "Entrepreneurship as a career option",   by Marco Masia.
  • 16:30-16:55   |    "Achieving impactful change in science policy and advocacy as an early career scientist",  by   Adriana Bankston.
  • 16:55-17:20   |    "Towards a more positive research culture and improvement of researchers' mental health", by  Karen Stroobants.
  • 17:20-17:45   |    "On Research consultancy",   by  Sara Ricardo
  • 17:45-18:00   |    "Closing Remarks and Feedback",  by Chapters' Chairs.

Very short Bio about some of our Speakers:

Christian Weber is a researcher with the Institute of Knowledge-Based Systems and Knowledge Management (KBS & KM), University of Siegen, Germany. He is continuously researching the exploitation of evolving knowledge maps for an ongoing industrial, educational and medical digitalization using AI and is active for that in national and international funded research projects (DFG, BMBF, H2020, Erasmus plus, and many more) but also direct industrial collaborations, as well as supporting the next push of tech-startups. He believes that any digital solution has to have a human factor and so does academia.

Sara Ricardo has a Ph.D. in Biology and Former PI with extensive experience in Academia in leading institutions both in Europe and the USA; MCAA Board Member 2018-2022; Business Development experience in the health-tech industry. Currently, Consultant Director at SIRIS Academic, leading the design, development, and consulting of evidence-based strategic analysis in the Health and Life Sciences for the non for profit sector. A long-standing interest in science, policy, and systemic issues. Specifically in how these can intersect and actors work together, practically and pragmatically, for ultimately systems' improvements, taking the best advantage of existing resources.

Marco Masia, Ph.D. MBA Expert in Academic Entrepreneurship, is a technology transfer manager at the University of Vienna. He is also the founder and managing director of MARMAS GmbH, a company working at the intersection between research, innovation, and policy.

Adriana Bankston is a scientist, advocate, and mentor at the intersection of research, higher education, science policy, and workforce development. By day, Adriana is a Principal Legislative Analyst at the University of California Office of Federal Governmental Relations in Washington, DC, where she serves as an advocate for the university with Congress, the Administration, and federal agencies.

Karen Stroobants is a policy adviser and consultant on research policy, strategy, and evaluation. She manages a portfolio of activities, combining roles as a lead policy advisor on research landscape & economy for the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK). As a freelance consultant, she works on drafting a European agreement on reforming research assessment for the EU Commission’s Directorate-General for Research & Innovation; and providing expert advice on the EU project (SOPs4RI).

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