Dear Ireland Chapter members,
We invite you to vote in the Ireland Chapter Chair elections. The poll will be open until the 20th November 2020 by 5 pm Brussels time (CET).
We sincerely thank candidates for volunteering for this role and for the commitment to the MCAA Community. Below are the candidate's manifesto.
“I was a MSCA-funded postdoctoral researcher in Madrid, Spain, where I researched sustainable energy technologies and electricity grids from 2013-2016. Since then, I have found a permanent academic position in Ireland, and I now lead a growing research team at UCC, which includes two postdocs and three PhDs. Over the last few years, I have gained experience in areas relevant to the MCAA, including organising of research events, administration, and fundraising. I have been a MCAA member for 6 years, and while in Spain, I was one of the founding members of the MCAA Spain and Portugal Chapter.
If elected as Ireland Chapter Chair, I will focus on the two issues that I believe are the most important to MCAA members: (1) securing high quality, stable jobs in academia/research; and (2) finding research funding. I will use my previous experiences in research grant applications, and in the academic job applications in order to further develop MCAA’s knowledge sharing and mentoring processes. I will work to raise the profile of the MCAA and the Marie Sklodowska-Curie programmes amongst universities and research funding bodies in Ireland. Finally, I want to develop the Ireland Chapter through social events and other networking opportunities.”
“Ireland is a special little country. The MSC-IF I received afforded me the opportunity to live, work, thrive and remain in Dublin. I have enjoyed the events organized by the Irish MCAA chapter. In 2019, I launched our Twitter account which connects members in Ireland but furthermore connects us to MCAA chapters across the globe. I also organized a few happy hours in 2019. We had our largest turnout in December with 10 people. It was fabulous to connect and revive the chapter for stress-free socializing. Unfortunately, with the pandemic, all social activities ceased in 2020. If elected chair of the Irish chapter, I would launch monthly zoom happy hours and continue to update our followers on Twitter. I would also organize online events, perhaps a webinar. For example, last year, some of us discussed creating an event to advise on entrepreneurship. Given the precarious nature of research contracts and lack of available research positions, MCAA members must consider entrepreneurial opportunities to flourish in their careers. As chair, I would pursue that webinar idea and other topics after listening to our members regarding their interests. Thank you for your consideration.”