Italy Chapter

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The Italy Chapter is part of the MCAA.


We encourage local networking and recruitment to attract new members to the Association and enhance Italy's MCAA image.


The MCAA Italy Chapter is for MCAA members residing, regular business contacts in Italy, and Italian citizens living worldwide.


The membership of the Italy Chapter is open to all MCAA members, and it is free!


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Next Events


MCAA Scicomm Series 22

April 21st at 13:00 CEST

Registration  HERE - (deadline April 15th)


The workshop will present unique writing techniques that will get you closer to the fundamental features of excellent research writing, regardless of the particulars of any one discipline: clear, concise, fluid, organized, convincing, and engaging. 

You will be guided through the process of creating a compelling story of your research journey that can sustain the reader's attention to ensure continuous reading of your paper. In addition, you will learn how to keep your story moving forward using such a great attention-getter as change. With each change, you will understand how your story progresses, widens, narrows, or jumps. You will learn how to do your research writing appropriate for an international peer-reviewed journal, but you will also learn how to use compelling twists in the story plot and mighty shouts that call the reader's attention. Finally, you will learn how to reintroduce tension and suspense in your paper to sustain the initial attention of your motivated readers as they plough through the challenging parts of your paper, where the attention drains fast. Since your reader's attention is not deserved but earned through hard work, it is time for you to practice!

When ideas stop moving, the story lengthens, making your paper unnecessary long, complex, and as a result, tedious. The workshop will also teach you to avoid story-killers (e.g., lakes, whirlpools, omega meanders, and counter-currents). These proven story-killers, which create a chaotic and repetitious flow of ideas, contribute to the never-ending paragraphs that stretch over one entire column of a journal and depress the reader even before reading your paper. 


Join us!!!


After summer, we restart with the Chapter activities.


Next Chapter activities

The Chapter will come back soon with new activities such as a new Science Communication talk series, Gamification series, Webinar Women Empowerment, meeting industrial and non-academic partners, the Re-touch meeting ... the Chapter after COVID, the European Researchers' Night ... and much more. We are always open to your proposals!


Riccardo Biondi

on behalf of MCAA Italy Chapter (07/10/2021)



Past Events


Overskilling dei Dottori di Ricerca: Stories di Hard Sciences (Event in Italian)


>>> Tue, Mar 1, 2022, 4:00 PM  CEST - Watch here

>>> Tue, May 3, 2022, 4:00 PM CEST - Watch here

Event by Find Your Doctor






Creative Problem Solving Workshop 


>>> 18 March 2022 at 13:00 EST/10:00 PST


The MCAA North America Chapter organizes the "Creative Problem Solving Workshop" to gain the critical skills to transform the disputes into value-creation opportunities so that you can move away from conflict toward collaboration.

With certified mediators and negotiators Dr. Cristina Florea and Jean-Pierre Peinado in a hands-on session moderated by Dr. Sergio Crespo-Garcia and Dr. Almudena Estalrrich Albo. 



MCAA Italy Chapter Internet Cafè


>>> 19th of March at 10:30 CET - An opportunity to meet other MCAAIC members and to talk about different topics.



Webinar Womans' Empowerment in Woman20

The Women20 Recommendations and their adoption in the G20 Leaders' Declaration 


Event co-organized and supported by the Italy Chapter. 

Organizers: W20 Italy 2021, the Italian association of inventors and innovators (ITWIIN), the Gender and Talents Observatory (GETA), and the European Research Center for Sustainable Innovation (CREIS).


W20 Seminar YouTube Video

Watch here


 MCAAIC Local Groups 


We managed to organize Local Groups in the following cities:

Padova - at the moment 5 members, please refer to Ana Paula ( and Jonathan ( or the group email

Milano - at the moment 5 members, please refer to Laura (

Bologna - at the moment 5 members, please refer to Rossella (

Venezia - at the moment 7 members, please refer to Mauro ( and Anna(

Please, keep in touch with the reference person of your city if you are interested in organizing some event or socializing.


In all the other cities, unfortunately, we have not received more than 1 request.

If you are in Roma, Firenze, Trento, Modena, Genova, Palermo, Londra, Messina, Pisa, Campobasso, Brescia, Salerno and Peshawar, please be aware that there is some other MCAA waiting for you! ;o)

If you did not take part in the survey but are still interested in joining our local groups or creating new ones, you can write to us at any time!



 Collaborations - Looking for proposal partnership


A Member of the MCAAIC is part of a consortium preparing a proposal for the new call MCAA Doctoral Network.

They are looking for an industrial partner: GYRATION (Gas-hydrate storage and sequestration in adsorbed to nano-engineered surfaces) is a project for the Doctoral Network MSCA (Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie Actions, HORIZON Europe 2021, call deadline: 16th of November). GYRATION is based on an international consortium of academic and industrial partners working on the storage of hydrogen and polluting gases in porous ice-based media (hydrate).

The consortium is looking for more industrial partners to optimize the technology transfer process. Both consulting activities and engineering implementation design are of interest to the consortium. Please, contact Prof. Niall English, for information. 

If you are interested, directly contact Prof. English, or if you know someone who could be interested, just forward this message.

CASSINI Hackathon 


2nd CASSINI Hackathon, scheduled for 5-7 November - Making the most of EU Space data in the Arctic Region
With the mission of creating new travel routes, safeguarding wildlife, assisting native human communities, and preserving natural habitats, teams will be presented with 3 challenges that will test their creative skills from day one: 

  • Safe passage at sea: Participants will design products, devices, or services that enable container ships, cruise liners, and fishing trawlers to navigate safely across Nordic Seas.
  • Life on land: Participants will design products, devices, or services that enable human societies, plants, and wildlife to better adapt to the Arctic climate.
  • Caring for our wildlife: Participants will design products, devices, or services that could help protect biodiversity and the natural habitats of wildlife in the Arctic.

The organizer, ComoNExT – an Italian start-up incubator that hosts more than 150 tenant businesses, including many national tech firms and  SMEs will greet the Italian winner and offer them access to a coveted place on a 3-month pre-incubation programme valued at 10,000 Euros. Following this, the runner-up will also be offered a place on a 3-day pre-incubation placement valued at 3,000 Euros, and the 3rd place team will take home an incubation session worth 1,000 Euros.

All the details here



Past Events



PHDtoB, l’evento organizzato da ART-ER all’interno dell’importante fiera R2B on AIR

Quando? 16 e 17 Giugno 2021 dalle 10.00 alle 17.00

Un grande evento che mette in contatto i migliori dottorandi, dottori di ricerca e ricercatori early stage a livello nazionale con le Aziende della Regione Emilia-Romagna.

Durante le due giornate avrai modo di incontrare le imprese, conoscere i team HR e la funzione R&D, partecipare ai webinar e mettere in mostra le tue competenze presentando il tuo progetto di ricerca.


Iscrivetevi qui per avere tutti i link a convegni e talk.  




Data - 30th of June 2021

Ora - 18:00 - 20:00 CEST

Location - Online - you will receive the zoom/meet link after the registration

Considerato l’eccellente risultato ottenuto da Angela Bellia, Luisa Corrado e Valeria Pettorino, tre ricercatrici italiane premiate dalla Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA) nel 2020 e 2021 per il loro impegno scientifico e per il contributo alla ricerca europea, il MCAA Italy Chapter celebra questo importante risultato con un webinar che si svolgerà mercoledì, 30 giugno dalle ore 18:00 alle 20:00 nei canali del nostro chapter. La giornata sarà l’occasione per riflettere sull’apporto fornito all’avanzamento scientifico e all’affermazione del ruolo femminile nello spazio europeo della ricerca anche grazie alle ricercatrici italiane vincitrici di progetti europei del pilastro Excellent Science.


Registration here 

Details here


“The Marie Curie Alumni Association Italy Chapter and Italian Universities meet industrial and non-academic partners.”


Connecting people engaged in research and in business to foster innovation and new opportunities. The three online meetings will be focused on:


● Enterprises and research excellence - 10th May 2021, 15:00-17:30
How can companies speed up innovation, growth, and return on investment by leveraging the excellent skillset acquired by researchers during their careers? Improving communication and networking between enterprises and the research excellence of the Italian Universities and MCAAIC to create jobs, business, and innovation opportunities. Sharing best practices, success cases, and challenges.


● Life outside academia - 20th May 2021, 14:30-16:00
Personal insight and story from researchers who transitioned to a non-academic career with Eva Ratti, co-founder of FindYourDoctor, host.


● Discovering new career paths - 3rd June 2021, 14:30-16:45
Learn how to identify the available job opportunities and future perspectives, evaluate the match between your profile and the work requirements, and adequately highlight your hard & soft skills towards a successful job application.


Event organized by the Italy Chapter MCAA in partnership with FindYourDoctor, the University of Florence, University of Pisa, University of Milan, and University Ca' Foscari Venezia.


More details here!




Webinar “Good practices in Open access to scientific publications and research data management”

7 May 2021 - Andrea Solieri

Presentation available here.

Video registration is available here. 




Board 2020/2022



The MCAA Italy Chapter board works to develop new strategies to foster collaboration among members, improve the working and living conditions of the members, and support their career development. We mainly focus our activity on:

  • Organization of workshops and seminars;

  • Organization of career development events;

  • Collection of helpful information and contacts;

  • Science communication.


Aims and objectives


  • Support for young alumni;

  • Boost the career of experienced alumni;

  • Improve networking and communication;

  • Improve the impact of MCAAIC on national policies.



Membership of the Chapter is free

But we hope you will contribute your energy and enthusiasm to support our activities



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Riccardo Biondi

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Vladislav Gavryusev

Vice chair
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Elena Fiorin

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Francesca Faedi

Communication Manager
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Maria Romano

Events Manager
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Mariana Oliveira

Social Media Manager

Latest Events

Virtual live event on OVERSKILLING in Hard science PhD | 3 may 2022


Dear MCAA Italy Chapter Members, Next 3rd of May 2022 at 16:00 there will be a virtual live event on the Overskilling issue that may affect the job search process for PhDs and researchers, focused on Hard sciences. The event is free and will be held in Italian. The event is organized by Find Your Doctor in collaboration with the MCAA Italy Chapter and ADI and it will be in the FYD social media channels. Free registration (not compulsory, but useful to get a reminder and links):

Virtual live event on OVERSKILLING of Soft science PhD | 1 march 2022


On 1 march 2022 at 16:00 there will be a virtual live event on the Overskilling issue that may affect the job search process for PhDs and researchers. The event is free and will be held in italian. The event is organized by Find Your Doctor in collaboration with the MCAA Italy Chapter and ADI and it will be in the FYD social media channels.

PhD to Business (PHDtoB) Digital Talent Fair


A great event that connects the best doctoral students, research doctors and Early Stage researchers at national level with companies from the Emilia-Romagna region. During the two days you will have a way to meet companies, know the HR teams and R & D function, participate in webinars and showcase your skills presenting your research project.



In questo seminario racconterò il mio progetto artistico One Planet One Future. Dal 2013 viaggio nei luoghi più remoti della terra per documentare con le mie opere i danni che l’uomo crea al pianeta nella nostra nuova era, l’Antropocene.

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