FINAL Agendas of the MCAA General Assembly and MCAA Conference 2017, Salamanca, 24th and 25th March

Date: Thursday, 2017-03-23, MCAA Board meeting:

Event restricted to the members of the MCAA Board

10h00: Welcome

10h00 to 12h30 : Morning session (agenda to be defined)

12h30 to 14h00 : Lunch

14h00 to 16h30: Afternoon session (agenda to be defined)

16h30: End

Evening (probable): Working dinner, with social meeting of Chapter Chairs to discuss operation of the new Chapter Management Working Group

Date: Friday, 2017-03-24, MCAA General Assembly:

Event restricted to MCAA Members

09h00: Registration and Reception of Members

09h30 to 11h00: Administrative procedures

Opening Speeches

  • Brian Cahill, Chair of the MCAA Board
  • Odissefs Panopoulos, Policy Officer DG EAC.C3 - European Commission
  • Prof. Juan Manuel Corchado Rodríguez, Salamanca University, Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer

Approval of the minutes of the General Assembly 2016

  • Maria-Antonietta Buccheri, Secretary of the Board of the MCAA

Report on 2016 Activities and Approval of Annual Accounts 2016

  • Maria-Antonietta Buccheri, Secretary of the Board of the MCAA
  • Kiran Kumar Chereddy, Treasurer of the Board of the MCAA

Appointment of the Chairs of Working Groups and Chapters

  • Marco Masia, Vice-chair of the Board of the MCAA

11h00 to 11h30: Coffee-break and networking

11h30 to 12h45: Enhancing Collaboration Among Members Part I

  • Parallel sessions for Working Groups to present their work to a smaller audience: Communications; Career Development; Gender Equality; Bridging Science and Business; Events and Networking; Policy; Finance

12h45 to 14h30: Lunch break and networking

14h30 to 15h30: Poster Session

15h30 to 16h30: Promoting Engagement of Membership within MCAA

Chair: Brian Cahill, Chair of the MCAA Board

  • How to Contribute to the MCAA
  • Suggestions to MCAA board and open floor for Q&A​

16h30: Closure session

17h00: City visit – walking tour (+/- two hours) - will include: the University; Casa de las Conchas; the Cathedral; the Clerecía; the Plaza Mayor

20h00: Evening Event with Science Slam Science Slam presenters are: Yoran Beldengrün; Constantina Theofanopoulou; Dominika Bijos; Valerie Bentivegna; Elizabeth Evenden-Kenyon

Date: Saturday, 2017-03-25, MCAA Conference:

09h00: Registration and Reception of Participants

09h30 to 09h45: Opening Speeches

  • Brian Cahill, Chair of the MCAA Board
  • Maria Angeles Serrano, Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation, Salamanca University

09h45 to 11h50: Plenary Session: Protecting Freedom in Science

09h45 to 10h35: Part 1 - Keynote speech 1

  • "The role of scientists and researchers in society", Sophie Beernaerts, European Commission Head of Unit DG EAC – B3: Innovation in Education, EIT, and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

10h35 to 11h00: Coffee-break and networking

11h00 to 11h50: Part 2 - Keynote speech 2

  • "Facts, truth and objectivity today.", Mats Rosengren, Professor of Rhetoric, University of Uppsala

11h50 to 12h50: Parallel Sessions: Science and Business

Session A:  panel discussion: science to business: researcher to employer

Chair: Marie-Antonietta Buccheri, MCAA Board Secretary

Session B: Pensions for Mobile Researchers

ChairMike W. Rogers, MCAA Honourary Member

  • Delicia Hofmann, Claudia Wegner-Wahnschaffe Findyourpension.eu Project
  • Indi Seehra, Director of Human Resources at the London School of Economics, representing the RESAVER Pension Fund consortium

12h50 to 14h30: Lunch break and networking

14h30 to 15h30: Panel discussion: International Cooperation and Mobility of Scientists

Chair: Miia Ijas, Employment and Career Development WG Coordinator of Eurodoc

  • Margaux Kersschot, Adoc Talent Management, former president of Eurodoc
  • Fiona Colligan or Martina Mallett, jobs.ac.uk
  • Izaskun Lacunza, Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT)
  • Apiyo Okwiri, President of Erasmus Mundus Association

15h30 to 16h30: Parallel Sessions: Skill portal

Session A: Business communication skills: pitching with song, music and dance

  • Kiran Kumar Chereddy, Treasurer of the Board of the MCAA
  • Rita Ribeiro (BeNeLux Chapter Chair)
  • Scott HarrisonEduworks ITN

Session B: Mentoring and Networking

MCAA Academy – MCAA’s mentoring scheme

  • Francesco Grassi, Ordinary Board Member of MCAA,
  • Dario Pellizzon, Head of the Research Office at Ca' Foscari University of Venice 

Practical example of how Mentoring helps career development

  • Frauke Kersten, Scientific Manager University Eye Clinic Bonn
  • Natalia Balcazar, CEO of ENVIROpro

16h30 to 17h00: Coffee-break and networking

17h00 to 17h30: How can MCAA help displaced researchers?

ChairNeil Howard, Post-doctoral research fellow at the Institute of Development Policy and Management (IOB) at the University of Antwerp, Senior Fellow at the UNICEF Office of Research

  • Sinead O’Gorman – European Director of 'Scholars at Risk'

17h30 to 18h00: MCAA Awards Ceremony

  • Brian Cahill, Chair of the MCAA
  • Marco Masia, Vice-Chair of the MCAA
  • Amit Zodge, Vice-Chair of the MCAA

18h00: Closure of the MCAA Annual Conference, announcement of Venue for GA 2018, and open call for the 2019 GA venue.