1st Virtual MCAA Swiss Chapter Meeting 13/12/20 at 18:00


1st Virtual MCAA Swiss Chapter Meeting Agenda 13/12/20 (18:00-20:00) 


18:00 - 18:20 Introduction of Speakers & MCAA Swiss Chapter Members

(Chair & Round Table) (20’)


18:20 -18:35 MCAA Overview 

(MCAA Secretary: Marina Rantanen) (15’+5’)

18:40 - 18:55 MCAA Swiss Chapter (Scope, Organization, Future Plans)

(MCAA Swiss Chapter Chair) (15’+5’)

19:00 - 19:15 Communication WG Activities 

(Chair of MCAA communication WG: Valerie Bentivegna) (15’+5’)

19:20 - 19:35 Policy WG Activities 

(Chair of MCAA Policy WG: Stéphanie Gauttier) (15’+5’)

19:40 - 20:00 Discussion 

(All) (20’)



MCAA Secretary

Dr. Marina Rantanen

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MCAA Overview

Marina Rantanen is the secertary of the MCAA since April 2020 and was previously the chair of the German chapter.

Marina received an MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in 2013 and an MSc degree in General Management from SSE Stockholm School of Economics in 2011. She worked as a thermography teaching assitant at FLIR Systems in 2007-2009 and was the editor in cheif of the KTH magazine Osqledaren in 2009-2010. She was selected for a young professionals’ program at HiQ/Scania in 2012 where she worked with test automation and driving simulator development. She then moved on as a graduate robotics engineer at the European Space Agency in the Netherlands from 2013 to 2015 working on the European Robotic Arm and the Multi-purpose-End-To-End-Robotic-Operations-Network. In 2015-2016 she was a research engineer at the Smart Mobility Lab at KTH developing visualizations of connected mobility. Since August 1st 2016 she has been part of the process dynamics and operations group at Technische Universität Dortmund as a doctoral candidate focusing on comprehensive modeling of Cyber Physical Systems.

Her thesis "A differentially steered drive unit for autonomous stage wagons" was awarded first prize in Automation Region's contest Automation Student 2012. Marina has been on the jury of Automation Student since 2014 and contributes continuously to science outlets, most recently with a blog on the online publication Tidningen Curie of the Swedish Research Council. 

MCAA Swiss Chapter Chair

Dr. Theodota Lagouri

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MCAA Swiss Chapter

Experimental physicist, working since 20 years in the high energy physics experiments at CERN. Marie Curie Fellow - experienced researcher in different programs, individual, return fellowship and reseach network. Author/co-author of about 200 papers with hundreds of citations each, published in top peer-reviewed scientific journals and also in international conference proceedings. Member of the ATLAS experiment since 1996 and of CERN personnel since 2006. Chair of MCAA Swiss Chapter and communication TF of MCAA GEDI WG. Previously, secretary and founding member of GEMS (Gender Equality and Mobility in Science) WG and MCFA m-WiSET (Women in Science) group of MCFA. Member of the Hellenic High Energy Physics Society (H-HEP) and the American Physical Society (APS).   

Communication WG Chair

Dr. Valerie Bentivegna

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Communication WG

Valerie has pursued an interdisciplinary academic path, starting with a Bachelor’s degree in Bioscience Engineering at the KULeuven. Subsequently, she participated in the Erasmus Mundus programme in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, spending her final year in Grenoble, France at the Université Joseph Fourier. She received a Master’s degree in Bionanotechnology and Civil Engineering title Magna Cum Laude, after completing a thesis on the topic of “Theranostic Use of Gadolinium Nanoparticles on 9L Glioma Tumor Model; Study of the Intratumoral Distribution of the Nanoparticles and its Relationship with Survival Efficiency” at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble.

Valerie joined the University of Dundee as a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher on the project PHOtonic tools for Quantitative imaging in tissUeS (PHOQUS) on the topic of mechanical properties of gut tissue in health and disease, under joint supervision of Inke Näthke and Sandy Cochran. She explored new techniques for the mechanical characterization of cells and tissue to study the changes that occur during early cancer onset, combining experimental and computational techniques.

Recently, she worked as a research associate for a chemical engineering startup in Seattle, working on conductive polymers and has just started as operation lead at Camps for Curious Minds, a summer camp organized by the Pacific Science Center (Seattle). She wrote for Inking Science, an art/science book about inspirational scientists, researchers, engineers, and inventors.

Policy WG Chair

Dr. Stéphanie Gauttier

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Policy WG




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Topic: 1st Virtual MCAA Swiss Chapter Meeting 
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