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The Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA) will join European Union policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and citizens to debate how research and innovation policy and funding can pave the way to a green, digital and resilient future

From 22-24 September, the MCAA will participate in the European Research and Innovation days, the European Commission’s flagship event for discussing the future of research and innovation in Europe and beyond. MCAA members will participate is in the following sessions:


1. “Skills for resilient researchers”, 22 September, 12.30-13.30: Fernanda Bajanca will be part of the panel


2. “Researchers at risk”: Brian Cahill will moderate the 15-minute discussion; the video will be displayed during the three days within the Policy hub


3. “Career development and entrepreneurship”, 24 September, 9.30-10.30, Mostafa Moonir Shawrav


The first annual European Research and Innovation Days took place in 2019, bringing together researchers, industry representatives, citizens and policymakers in more than 100 panels and discussion sessions. This year, the success will be repeated and moved to an online format, featuring three days of interactive debates, policy co-designing, and matchmaking opportunities.

Paving the way for a green, digital and resilient future

For years to come, 2020 will be remembered as the year of the unprecedented global health crisis that fundamentally changed the way we live, work and interact. Research and innovation will play a crucial role in bringing Europe back on track and ensuring that the transition to a post-COVID society is sustainable, inclusive and resilient.

The European Research and Innovation Days 2020 will take stock of achievements in the global response to the pandemic. Europe’s role in supporting and initiating science for global health, social and economic recovery will be among the many topics taken up by the participants. Other key areas of focus include clean energy transition, halting biodiversity loss, artificial intelligence and robotics, forging stronger research collaborations within Europe and abroad, building climate-neutral cities and smart cities and societies – and much more.

Towards Horizon Europe

2020 marks a watershed for European research and innovation in more than one respect: it is also the year before the launch of Horizon Europe, the next research and innovation programme that will build on the achievements and success of Horizon 2020. The most ambitious research and innovation funding programme in the world, Horizon Europe will strengthen EU science and technology and foster competitiveness in delivering solutions to challenges that affect the quality of our daily lives.

Through its participation in the European Research and Innovation Days 2020, MCAA will contribute to the ongoing discussions on the future of Europe and how an ambitious research and innovation agenda can lead to sustainable tools and strategies for building healthy, prosperous societies.

For more information, please see the official website.


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