Speakers

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Barbara Abraham

Head of Academic Affairs, Institute of Science and Technology Austria

WS A.3: MSCA enhancing societal impact of researchers
October 1
13:45 – 16:00

Barbara Abraham is Head of Academic Affairs at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria. After studies in Germany she worked in a civil society project of the Bosch Foundation in Hungary and on the Balkans before moving to Vienna to work as a research manager for the IWM, an institute for advanced studies in the social sciences and humanities. She joined IST Austria as grant manager back in 2009.

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Zorana Barišić

Croatian Ministry of Education and Science

Chair
WS A.3: MSCA enhancing societal impact of researchers
October 1
13:45 – 16:00

Ms Zorana Barišić is the project manager of The new International Fellowship Mobility Programme for Experienced Researchers in Croatia – NEWFELPRO. Being the 100th Marie Curie Sklodowska COFUND and the first COFUND which has been implemented in Croatia and South-eastern Europe, it bares enormous importance and the much needed impetus both for Croatia and the SEE region in regards to research and development. It financed 76 fellows in outgoing, incoming and reintegration schemes and over 450 international evaluators with their finest expertise were included in the selection process of our fellows extracting the best of the best project and fellow wise. Ms Barišić has worked on the preparation various Horizon 2020 project proposals along with the Croatian Seal of Excellence programme. Currently, she is also contributing as a policy analyst within the Ministry of Science and Education. 

​Klaus-Günther Barthel

European Commission

Chair
WS B.1: Nurturing Excellence through Mobility - FELLOWSHIPS
October 2
10:45 – 12:15

Klaus-Günther Barthel is Head of the Unit for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks at the European Commission’s Research Executive Agency. Before this he had been in charge of the MSCA Individual Fellowships and COFUND. He joined the European Commission in 1991 and worked in DG Research and Innovation and DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture on various parts of the EU Research Framework Programmes, from Marine and Environmental Sciences, Biotechology and Life-Long Training to administrative issues. He studied at the Universities of Münster, Kiel and San Diego and obtained in 1986 a PhD degree in Biological Oceanography from the Institute for Marine Research in Kiel.

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Felix Beckendorf

DLR

WS A.2: MSCA as a facilitator for mobility of researchers
October 1
13:45 – 16:00

Felix Beckendorf has been working at the Project Management Agency of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) since 2015 and acts as head of the “German Coordination Point for International Researchers´ Mobility”. His position includes the lead of the German National Contact Point for Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions and EURAXESS Germany, as well as close collaboration with the EU Bureau of the BMBF (Federal Ministry for Education and Research), also based at DLR. Moreover, he is actively engaged in committee work on a national and European level, e.g. as a German expert for the Programme Committee MSCA

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SOPHIE BEERNAERTS

Head of Unit, European Commission

Keynote: MSCA - Driving Excellence under Horizon Europe
October 1
11:45 - 12:15

WS B.2: Fostering New Skills – NETWORKS
October 2
10:45 - 12:15

Closing Speech
October 2
13:00 – 13:15

Sophie Beernaerts is the Head of Unit in charge of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. Before that she has been responsible for supporting school education policy development in the EU Member states and was in charge of the implementation of the Erasmus+ programme in the school, vocational and adult education sectors. She has also been in charge of the Europe for Citizens Programme that aims at strengthening European remembrance and enhancing capacity for civic participation at the Union level. She graduated from Solvay Business School in 1987 and holds a postgraduate in European economics from the University of Brussels.

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Professor David Bogle

Pro-Vice-Provost of the University College London (UCL)

Keynote: Perspectives on European Early Career Researcher Training
October 2
12:30 – 13:00

Pro-Vice-Provost of the University College London (UCL) Doctoral School - the role is to lead the strategy for early career researcher development (doctoral and postdoctoral) at UCL.  UCL has over 5,500 research students and 3500 postdoctoral researchers.  Chair of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) Doctoral Studies Policy Group and member of several advisory boards for early career researcher development in Europe including currently at the University of Zurich and RWTH Aachen, and previously for the Luxembourg National Research Agency, the University of Vienna, and the Doctoral Training Group of European Research Area Working Group on Human Mobility and Resources.  Lead author on three LERU policy documents on Doctoral Training.  He recently chaired a review of the UK’s Concordat for the Career Development of Research Staff.

Professor of Chemical Engineering at University College London (UCL) with research interests in Process Systems Engineering and Systems Biology. Scientific Vice President of the European Federation of Chemical Engineers.  Fellow of Institution of Chemical Engineers and elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2005.

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Jan van der Boon

University of Leiden

WS A.1: MSCA and the impact on career development

October 1
13:45 – 16:00

Jan van der Boon is Director of Administration at Leiden University in the Netherlands. His responsibilities include Planning and Control, Finance, Human resources and Information Management. Previously he worked for  the European Organisation for Nuclear research, CERN, in Geneva, Switserland, as Head of Human Resources and as Director of Administration, and in various positions at the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).  Jan van der Boon is the lead author of Delivering Talent: Careers of Researchers inside and outside academia, a position paper of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), published in June 2018. The paper gives a broad perspective on the careers of researchers, not solely focusing on career pathways in academia. Core ideas in the paper are that career pathway of researchers can be varied, that there are plentiful interesting employment opportunities in a multitude of job destinations and roles in society, and that the universities and other research stakeholders such as funding agencies must engage together in (better) supporting careers of researchers.  Jan van der Boon studied Law (LLM) at Leiden University and has a MBA from the University of Rochester (USA).

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Jennifer Brennan

Director of Research, Development and Innovation at the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA)

WS B.4: Improving and facilitating Synergies – SYNERGIES
October 2 
10:45 - 12:15

Dr. Jennifer Brennan is Director of Research, Development and Innovation at the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA). Prior to joining THEA, Jennifer was Ireland’s National Contact Point for the European the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) funding programme. She represents Ireland’s interests in the MSCA programme as National Delegate to the MSCA Programme Committee. Jennifer has a background in research and has worked in academia in the UK, USA and Ireland. She is particularly interested in researcher career development, gender in research, and responsible research & innovation and is the Deputy Chair of the National Forum on Research Integrity.

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Morgane Bureau

Institut de la santé et de la recherche médicale (INSERM)

Keynote
October 2
09:45 – 11:00

After a licence of Applied Foreign Languages in 2008 (including one year in the framework of the Erasmus Programme), she obtained her Master Degree in European Affairs in 2010 from the Sorbonne University (Paris, France). Since 2011, she is working at Inserm (French National Institute of Health and Medical Research), the only public research organisation in France entirely dedicated to human health. She is in charge of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie projects in the Institute.

Since the beginning of H2020, she is also an active member of the French MSCA National Contact Point (NCP).

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Brian Cahill

Member of the Governing Board of EuroScience

WS A.4: MSCA and their innovation potential
October 1
13:45 – 16:00

Chair

WS B.3: Strengthening Human Capital and Skills Development - EXCHANGES
October 2
10:45 – 12:15

Dr Brian Cahill is a Member of the Governing Board of EuroScience. He was Chair of the Marie Curie Alumni Association from March 2016 to February 2018.  He studied Mechanical Engineering in Ireland and moved to Germany in 1998 to take up a position with Hewlett Packard. He received his PhD for work in electrokinetically-driven fluid flow from the ETH Zurich in 2004 and subsequently carried out postdoctoral research in colloid and interface science at the University of Geneva. He was a Marie Curie fellow at the Institute for Bioprocessing and Analytical Measurement Techniques in Heilbad Heiligenstadt and was leader of the Junior Research Group at the same institute, where his work focussed on droplet-based microfluidics. He will take up a position of Project Manager of the Train@Ed MSCA COFUND project at the University of Edinburgh from the beginning of October 2018. The Train@Ed project aims to support the career development of postdoctoral researchers by providing opportunities to engage with industry and by providing a dedicated skills development programme designed to help the Fellows in establishing a career in research.

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Stijn Delauré

Policy Officer, European Commission

WS B.1: Nurturing Excellence through Mobility - FELLOWSHIPS
October 2
10:45 – 12:15

Stijn Delauré is Policy Officer in the Unit in charge of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. He is responsible for the Individual Fellowships action for postdoctoral researcher training and mobility in ‘Horizon 2020’, the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. He is MSCA’s desk officer for cooperation with Australia, Canada, USA, and New Zealand. Stijn currently coordinates the MSCA developments in the post-2020 Framework Programme ‘Horizon Europe’.   

Stijn obtained his PhD in Biotechnology in 2003 at Ghent University on a DNA repair and recombination project in collaboration with Bayer Bioscience, after which he worked as researcher at Bayer Bioscience and at the Centre for Microbial and Plant Genetics in Leuven. Before joining the European Commission in 2017, Stijn worked as European research policy officer for KU Leuven and established and chaired the European research project managers policy and advocacy group of the League of European Research Universities (LERU). He was active in the Flemish Europaplatform and university council VLIR, and member of several research managers and administrators associations including EARMA, Vision2020, and BESTPRAC COST; he was invited expert in smart specialisation strategy conferences and regional widening participation events and projects across Europe.

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​Matthew DiFranco

Chair of the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA)

WS A.2: MSCA as a facilitator for mobility of researchers
October 1
13:45 – 16:00

Matthew DiFranco is the Chair of the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA) and has previously served as Austrian Chapter Chair and Ordinary Board member of the MCAA. MCAA is an international non-profit organization representing current and former beneficiaries of MSC Actions, and currently has over 11,000 members across the globe. MCAA provides networking and career development opportunities to its members, promotes the interests of researchers and research careers, and engages with policy makers at the national and EU level on matters of science and research policy. Dr. DiFranco obtained his PhD in Computer Science from University College Dublin before being awarded a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship, which he carried out at the Medical University of Vienna.

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​Yegor Domanov

Head of Skin Biophysics Group at L'Oréal R&I

WS A.4: MSCA and their innovation potential
October 1
13:45 – 16:00

Yegor Domanov is a biophysicist, research manager and scientific expert currently heading the Skin Biophysics Unit at L’Oréal Research & Innovation. Born in Ukraine, Yegor graduated in biophysics and got his PhD at Kharkiv National University. He continued his research work at the University of Helsinki, where he won a Marie Curie fellowship to study the interactions of lipid membranes with peptides in view of their role in the mechanisms of innate immunity and in some pathologies related to amyloid deposition. He then worked at the Institut Curie in Paris, studying the diffusion of lipids and proteins in highly curved biological membranes to understand how membrane shape modulates the transmission of information in neuronal synapses.

Yegor’s interests in science policy area are centred on researcher mobility (international and inter-sectoral), strengthening the private-public cooperation in research and structuring and expanding the European Research Area, especially within the Eastern Partnership countries. He served as Secretary General of the Marie Curie Fellows Association in 2008 and 2009. Having worked in academia, industrial research and an NGO around Europe, Yegor has a rich experience of research mobility between disciplines, sectors and countries. Since 2011 he serves as an independent expert assisting the EC with the evaluation of research proposals under FP7 and Horizon 2020.

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​Ana Mafalda Dourado

International Promotion Director, Portuguese Innovation Agency (ANI)

WS B.1: Nurturing Excellence through Mobility - FELLOWSHIPS
October 2
10:45 – 12:15

Ana Mafalda Dourado is an anthropologist,  she is now the International Promotion Director at the Portuguese Innovation  Agency, ANI – Agência de Inovação as well as National NCP Coordinator and has been national representative at several European boards, namely  Strategic Configuration for H2020, ERA-Related Group and ERAC Group on Human Resources and Mobility. For several years she has been  Delegate and responsible for FP7 and H2020 themes such as Regions, ERC, MSCA, among others. 

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Guillaume Fusai

Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (INSERM)

Keynote
October 2
09:45 – 11:00

In 1996, Guillaume Fusai received his Master of Science in the field of microbial genetic from the University Paris XI and the French Institute of Agronomical sciences. In 1996, he started his PhD at the French atomic energy and alternative energy Commission, CEA. In 1999, he earned his PhD in the field of Biochemistry about new bacteria Enzyme. Then he got his first position in CEA in the Communication field. He was involved in the dissemination of science to non scientific audience and especially to the young people. Since 2006, he has sought a new professional challenge and started a career in European Affair Division, and he had responsibilities for the FP7 programmes 'Health' (Cooperation), People and Ideas. He wrote two successful proposals (Cofund MSCA in FP7 for 7 M€) He was also involved 3 French NCP consortia for health, people and ideas.

From September 2012 to September 2018, he worked for the French Ministry of research in France as Programme Committee member for Marie SKLODOWSKA-CURIE, ERC, FET (Future Emerging Technologies) and Health, demographic change and wellbeing. He participated actively to the negotiation of Horizon 2020. Since September 2018, he has been working as European Affair Manager at Inserm. Founded in 1964, Inserm is a public scientific and technological institute which operates under the joint authority of the French Ministries of Health and Research. The institute is dedicated to biomedical research and human health, and is involved in the entire range of activities from the laboratory to the patient’s bedside. It also partners with the most prestigious research institutions in the world that are committed to scientific challenges and progress in these fields.

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Cristina Gomez

Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT)

Chair
WS B.2: Fostering New Skills – NETWORKS

October 2
10:45 - 12:15

Cristina Gomez joined the International Projects Unit of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) in 2009 to coordinate EURAXESS at national level and also carry out the monitoring and support to other FP7 and international projects. In January 2014, she was appointed National Contact Point and Expert at the Programme Committee for Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, becoming part of the European Office, whose objective is to encourage the participation of Spanish Institutions in Horizon 2020. She has over 9 years of experience in national and European research landscape, with a focus on career development and mobility of researchers.

As an MSCA NCP since the beginning of Horizon 2020, Cristina participates very actively in the international NCP network and contributes to the promotion of the programme by delivering a large number of informative and hands-on training sessions in Spain, Europe and worldwide. Besides, she offers direct support to researchers and institutions, including personalized pre-screen service of MSCA proposals. As part of FECYT European Office communication Strategy, she has widely contributed to the promotion of Spanish institutions funding offers (MSCA and others).

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Ulrike GUÉROT

Professor for European Policy and the Study of Democracy, Danube University Krems

Keynote
October 1
10:30 - 11:00

Since 2016 Ulrike Guérot is professor at Danube-University Krems and head of the Department for European Policy and the Study of Democracy. Furthermore, she founded the Berlin based think tank “European Democracy Lab” (EDL). By connecting research, advocacy and culture, the EDL generates innovative ideas for Europe.

Prior to her work in Krems and Berlin, Ulrike Guérot served as Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and lectured at various internationally renowned universities, such as Bucerius Law School Hamburg, John Hopkins University, INSEAD Singapore and Europa University Viadrina in Frankfurt.  In addition she conducted research at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) on the topics of democracy and democratization.

In April 2016 her first book “Why Europe needs to become a republic! A political utopia” was published by Dietz. The principal idea of the book is the creation of an ‘European Republic’ based on the concept of equality in front of the law in a union of citizens. Her latest work “The new civil war – the open Europe and its enemies”, published by Ullstein was a bestseller in Germany and has been translated into various languages. In this cutting edge book she describes the great divide throughout the European societies.

She has been publishing widely in German, English and French on European, transatlantic and global issues in various newspapers, journals and books. In times of turmoil and crisis, Ulrike Guérot aims at creating a sustainable blueprint for Europe in the 21st century, which puts the citizen first. 


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Andrea Handsteiner

Director of Human Resources Development at University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU)

WS A.2: MSCA as a facilitator for mobility of researchers
October 1
13:45 – 16:00

BOKU is an almost 150 year old university, that connects natural sciences, engineering and economic sciences in order to make a considerable contribution to the conservation and protection of resources for future generations. It has more than 12.000 students and 1.500 employees.

Andrea Handsteiner has worked for BOKU since 2005 in the field of Human Resources Management. She finished an education for coaching and developing organizations and deals with scientific career development, leadership development, staff training and internal knowledge management (BOKU training passport).

Andrea is the contact person and key responsible for the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers at BOKU. In 2011 BOKU actively started to enforce its efforts to meet the requirements of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. After an internal gap analysis, BOKU started with its first action plan in 2012 and achieved the right to use the logo "HR Excellence in Research". In 2017 BOKU has been successfully re-certified. 

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VIVIANE HOFFMANN

Deputy Director-General, European Commission

Keynote
October 1
10:00 - 10:30

Viviane Hoffmann joined the Commission's Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture as Deputy Director-General on 1 May 2018.

Since October 2014 she has served as Director in the Commission's Directorate-General for Communication where she was notably in charge of the Commission's Citizens' Dialogues. Previously, she served as Deputy Head of Cabinet of former Vice-President and Commissioner Viviane Reding (Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship). She also served Commissioner Reding as Deputy Head of Cabinet during her previous two mandates as a Member of the European Commission, for Information Society and Media (2004-2010) and Education and Culture (1999-2004).

In 1997-1999, Viviane Hoffmann worked as an assistant to the Director-General for Health and Consumer Protection in the European Commission. In 1996-1997, she was an assistant to the Secretary-General of the European Commission, after having worked in the Commission's Secretariat-General since 1988. Viviane Hoffmann studied political science and international relations at the "Université Libre de Bruxelles". She speaks Luxembourgish, French, German and English.


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Koen Jonkers​

Deputy Head of the Knowledge for Finance, Innovation and Growth Unit at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission

WS A.1: MSCA and the impact on career development
October 1
13:45 – 16:00

The Unit supports the formulation of EU policies in collaboration with other JRC Units in a wide range of areas e.g. EMU, taxation, employment, education, innovation, regional policies and digital transformation. The Unit represents the JRC in several European Semester country teams of the European Commission. 

Recently, it has assessed the challenges of the EU innovation ecosystem, the impact of financial instruments on high growth innovative companies, assessed the publication behaviour of Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellows, developed a framework for the assessment of the impact of Universities on innovation, mapped the drivers and barriers of European University partnerships, and is currently working on topics such as the future of education and work as well as the analysis of the Chinese R&I system.

Before joining the European Commission, Koen worked as a Ramon y Cajal Fellow at the CSIC Institute for Public Goods and Policies. He holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, and master degrees in both engineering and the social sciences from different European Universities. The last two years he was a Cambridge Science and Policy Fellow. 

Koen has made around 40 publications on Research and Innovation related policy issues.To this end he has carried out extensive fieldwork in China, Japan, Latin America and various European countries. His present activities include the aforementioned research lines of the JRC unit. 


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ENIKȌ KÁLLAY

Dept. Pathophysiology and Allergy Research, Medical University of Vienna

For more Information of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mag. Enikö Kallay download her CV below. 

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Gabriella Kemény

Director of Human Resources at Central European University (CEU), Budapest

WS A.2: MSCA as a facilitator for mobility of researchers
October 1
13:45 – 16:00

Gabriella Kemény is Director of Human Resources at Central European University (CEU) in Budapest and has been involved with the RESAVER Project since 2011. (CEU is a research-intensive university, accredited both in Hungary and in the U.S., and among the top tier of universities successful in applying for EU research grants in the field of Social Sciences.)

In her capacity as Director of Human Resources, Gabriella is familiar with the challenges of ensuring fair treatment – such as offering a competitive pension plan – to mobile employees, and spearheaded the introduction and implementation of the CEU Supplementary Pension Plan.

Before joining CEU as Director of Human Resources in 2008, Gabriella served as the Director of Tempus Public Foundation (TPF) for 10 years. The Foundation managed grant schemes funded by the European Union open to all levels and forms of education, vocational training and research, acting as a catalyst to knowledge flow on policies related to education, training and research. Releasing the barriers of international mobility, just as monitoring and analyzing its benefits and challenges, was a core element of TPF’s activities. During these years she became passionate about international cooperation and higher education policy.

She earned her MA in English and French Philology at the University of Szeged. She also holds an MA in management with a specialization in Human Resources Management form the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

Gabriella is the Chair of the Board of the RESAVER Consortium.

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Per Magnus Kommandantvold

Special adviser at The Research Council of Norway

WS B.4: Improving and facilitating Synergies – SYNERGIES
October 2
10:45 - 12:15

Per Magnus Kommandantvold is special adviser at the Department for Science and the Research System at The Research Council of Norway, where he has worked since 1994. He has been involved in EU research from 2000 (Research Infrastructures), and MSCA national contact point and programme committee expert since 2002. He is also responsible for the ERC. He has a degree from the University of Oslo in social sciences and languages.

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Kristin Kraav

NCP, National Delegate of Estonian Research Council

WS B.3: Strengthening Human Capital and Skills Development - EXCHANGES
October 2
10:45 – 12:15

Kristin Kraav works as an NCP since 2002. Currently, she is NCP and the national delegate to the Programme Committee for three areas of Horizon 2020: European Research Council, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, and Spreading excellence and widening participation. As NCP, she consults clients on proposal preparation and project implementation, pre-screens applications, and organises communication and training events. As Programme Committee delegate she is in charge of consolidating national positions on draft Work Programmes. Kristin Kraav has a background in IT and adult education, and is regularly updating her training and event moderation skills. 

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Alie Kwint

FREE-LANCE CONSULTANT, CEO AND FOUNDER OF KWINTESSENCE

Chair:
WS A.2: MSCA as a facilitator for mobility of researchers
October 1
13:45 – 16:00

Alie founded her consultancy firm Kwintessence in 2007, after having moved from the Netherlands to France. She provides consultancy services to researchers, research institutions and research councils for all MSCA Actions, including editing and (co-)writing, workshop preparation and moderation and providing support to institutions who wish to strategically ‘use’ MSC Actions in the research and funding portfolio of their institution, project management and support in contract negotiations. She supported the EC three times as Independent Observer for evaluation processes.  Over the years, she has built an extensive network, with researchers, administrators and policy-makers from all over Europe. Before working as a consultant, Alie was the Marie Curie National Contact Point for the Netherlands. In this position, she was expert for the HRM / People Programme Committee and for the Ideas Programme Committee, representing the Dutch point of view. As part of this position, she was the Project Coordinator of ERA-MORE the Netherlands. Altogether, Alie has 18 years of experience with the MSCA programme, with a focus on career development and responsible research & innovation. 


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Martina Leiner

Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research

WS A.1: MSCA and the impact on career development
October 1
13:45 – 16:00

Martina Leiner joined the Ministry of Education, Science and Research (then: Science and Research) in 2011. She works in the Directorate-General for Scientific Research and International Affairs, in the Department for Promotion of Research, which is responsible for some non-university basic research institutions and basic research funding organizations. Since 2012, Martina has been dealing with issues concerning the European Research Council and she has been member of the respective EU programme committee. She is head of unit for matters relating to the Institute of Science and Technology Austria, an international research institute dedicated to basic research and graduate education in the natural and formal sciences. Martina studied political science, international development and Italian and graduated from the University of Vienna.

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Therese Lindahl

Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)

WS A.4: MSCA and their innovation potential
October 1
13:45 – 16:00

Therese Lindahl graduated in Nutritional Science and after some work experience in the private sector, she joined the Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG in 2004. She has been acting as National Contact Point for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions since FP7/2006. Previous duties include the EURAXESS initiative, consultancy for applicants in “Food quality and safety” and project management for the EU funded project SMEsforFOOD (both FP6). She has also been actively involved in several MSCA NCP projects (People Network, People Network+, Net4Mobility) and is currently task leader in the recently started project Net4Mobility+. Since 2011, she is external lecturer at the Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Vienna, with a seminar on third party research funding and EU policies.

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Janet Metcalfe

Head, Vitae

WS A.2: MSCA as a facilitator for mobility of researchers
October 1
13:45 – 16:00

Dr Janet Metcalfe is Head of Vitae, an international programme with a mission to lead world-class career and professional development for researchers. She leads on Vitae’s activities relating to the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, the UK equivalent to the European Charter and Code, and the UK process for the HR Excellence in Research Award. Janet was a member of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Advisory Group (2013 –2017) and the Royal Society Diversity Committee.

Recent projects include an H2020 project for EURAXESS on the intersectoral mobility of researchers; exploring the wellbeing and mental health of doctoral candidates for Research England; and is a partner on a study of the career impact of ERC funding. Her publications includes ‘What do research staff do next?’ on the career paths of postdoctoral researchers who leave European research organisations to work beyond academia.

She manages two large scale surveys of researchers’ views and experiences: the Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) and the Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS). Vitae is the first EURAXESS Career Development Centre

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Delyth Morgan

Head of Research Programme Development, Office of the Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales, Welsh Government

WS A.3: MSCA enhancing public recognition of researchers
October 1
13:45 – 16:00

Delyth has a PhD in Molecular Biology and several years’ research experience as a postdoctoral fellow.  She later worked as a Programme Manager for the UK’s Medical Research Council before moving to Cardiff University to head up the Medical School’s Research Office.
Delyth is now responsible for the pre-award management of the Sêr Cymru II scheme in the Office of the Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales. This is a £57 million scheme that involves Horizon 2020 funding in synergy with the European Regional Development Fund to help build research capacity in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine) subjects in Wales.

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Martin Mühleck

Policy Officer, European Commission

WS B.3: Strengthening Human Capital and Skills Development – EXCHANGES
October 2
10:45 – 12:15

Martin Mühleck is Policy Officer in the Unit in charge of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. He is responsible for managing the relationships of the MSCA with the Eastern Neighbours of the European Union. In addition to these responsibilities, he contributes to the formulation and implementation of related EU research & development programmes (Horizon 2020) and also works on the intersectoral aspects of MSCA. After his studies of history and politics in Berlin, Stirling, Lublin and at the College of Europe (Natolin) with a specialisation in Central and Eastern Europe, he worked for a Brussels-based consultancy and a European governmental association, before joining the European Commission in 2008.

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Gareth O'Neill

President of the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers (Eurodoc)

WS B.1: Nurturing Excellence through Mobility - FELLOWSHIPS
October 2
10:45 – 12:15

Gareth O'Neill is a doctoral candidate in linguistics at Leiden University and is president of the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers (Eurodoc). He is interested in science policy for researchers and in improving the broad implementation and skills training of Open Science across Europe. Gareth was actively involved in the Dutch National Plan for Open Science, is an expert on Open Science for the European Commission, and is a member of the H2020 Advisory Group on Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions at the European Commission. He appreciates decent pints of Guinness and sailing in traditional Galway Hookers.

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CHRISTOPH RAMOSER

Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research

Welcoming
October 2
9:00 - 9:30

Dr. Christoph Ramoser was born in Vienna on May 14, 1963. He graduated from the University of Vienna with a doctorate in history in 1993. Since 1991, he has served the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research. In 2001 he was appointed Head of “Department for International University Relations and Promotion of Young Researchers” which is responsible for most of the scholarship programmes funded by the ministry as well as for European Programmes in particular Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. Since 2010 he is elected member of the university council at the Andrássy University in Budapest.


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Bodo Richter

Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission

WS B.4: Improving and facilitating Synergies – SYNERGIES
October 2
10:45 - 12:15

Bodo Richter is Deputy Head of Unit in charge of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. He joined the European Commission in 1997. He has worked in the Directorates-General for Employment and Social Affairs as well as Education, Youth, Sport and Culture in the areas of training, communication, innovation, higher education and international organisations. Prior to taking his current assignment as deputy head of unit, Bodo was in charge of international education and training policy development with international organisations and industrialised countries, in particular the EU-U.S. and EU-Canada co-operation agreements as well as the co-operation programmes with Australia and New Zealand. Currently, his main task is to drive the political strategy of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions as well as related aspects in the fields of mobility, training and career development of researchers, and to supervise the Research Executive Agency for all aspects related to the implementation of the MSCA and their legacy.

He studied at the University of Mannheim (Germany) and at the University of Waterloo (ON, Canada), specialising in French, Italian and German languages and literatures. Prior to joining the European Commission, Bodo worked for the German Ministry of Education and Research on EU programmes in the fields of education, training, science and research and was a high school teacher and university research assistant in France, Canada and Germany.

In his free time, Bodo enjoys track and field, discovering new countries and reading all kinds of literature.

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Giuliana Sabbatini

UAS Technikum Wien

WS A.4 MSCA and their innovation potential
October 1
13:45 – 16:00

Giuliana Sabbatini is Coordinator of R&D at University of Applied Sciences Technikum Vienna. With around 9000 graduates and 4000 students, the UAS Technikum Wien is Austria’s largest purely technical university of applied sciences. Its R&D activities have grown significantly in recent years and currently concentrate on 5 research focuses: Embedded Systems & Cyber-Physical Systems; Renewable Urban Energy Systems; Secure Services, eHealth & Mobility; Tissue Engineering & Molecular Life Science Technologies; Automation & Robotics. The UAS Technikum Wien became a full member of the European University Association in 2012 and is a network partner of FEEI – Association of the Electrical and Electronics Industries. The UAS Technikum Wien promotes the compatibility of work and life balance for international researchers and is member of the Dual Career Service and supports as EURAXESS Contact Point the mobility of researchers. In 2015 the UAS Technikum Wien has been awarded the HR Excellence in Research Logo by the European Commission for its engagement in developing better working conditions for researchers. Gender and Diversity issues are also crucial for research at UAS Technikum Wien. 

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Juliane Sauer

Director and Founding Partner at OxygenEUm

Chair
WS A.4 MSCA and their innovation potential
October 1
13:45 – 16:00

Since 2017, Dr. Juliane Sauer is director and founding partner of OxygenEUm, a consultancy for researchers and research institutions with a focus on the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions within Horizon2020. Additional expertise is provided on Integrating the Gender Dimension into Research (IGAR) and Communcation and Outreach. She coordinates on a part-time basis the Cofund programme ‘Empapostdocs-II’ at the Swiss Institute for Materials Science and Technology Empa.

Juliane worked from 2008 to the end of 2016 as National Contact Point for Switzerland for the MSCA at Euresearch. She coordinated the 1.7 Million € NCP project ‘Net4Mobility’ and was deputy head of the ‘Science’ section. She has longstanding expertise in training, coaching and communicating with and for researchers of all areas and on all career levels. She is an active member of the Marie Curie Alumni Association in the Career Development Working Group.

Juliane holds a phd degree in Media- and Communication science from the bilingual university of Fribourg in Switzerland and is a former journalist (print and video). Her country of origin is Germany but she has been residing in Switzerland for the past 15 years.

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​Mostafa Moonir Shawrav​

Vice-Chair of Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA)

WS A.3: MSCA enhancing public recognition of researchers
October 1
13:45 – 16:00

Mostafa is Vice-Chair of Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA), an active community of researchers providing service, support and guidance for career development, entrepreneurship and science policy. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Technical University Vienna where he not only does research on nanotechnology but also prepare young minds for future scientific explorations.From his masters degree in University of Twente and research experience at Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium, he gathered experience and established an effective network of peers often vital for an early stage researcher. He obtained considerable career development expertise through academic and professional conferences, workshops, training sessions and course works as an attendee and as an organizer himself. He has received several international awards for his research work. He is also a fellow of Royal Microscopical Society. He is the chair of 2019 MCAA GA & Annual Conference Organizing Committee.

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Reinhard Tatschl

Research and Technology Manager, Advanced Simulation Technologies, AVL List GmbH

WS A.4 MSCA and their innovation potential

October 1
13:45 – 16:00

Reinhard Tatschl is Research and Technology Manager in the business unit Advanced Simulation Technologies of AVL List GmbH. With about 4000 employees in Austria and more than 9500 worldwide, AVL is the world’s largest independent company for development, simulation and testing technology of all kinds of powertrains for passenger cars, trucks and large engines. 

Reinhard graduated in Mechanical Engineering and received his PhD at Graz University of Technology. After his studies he joined AVL as research engineer in the field of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modelling and simulation. After several years of research and development in different areas, Reinhard has been heading AVL’s CFD software development for more than a decade before taking over the current position. 

Since more than two decades, Reinhard has been strongly involved in research and innovation projects with national and international partners. Resulting from these research activities, he has more than 150 publications in scientific journals, books and at international conferences.

Reinhard has a long track-record of successfully accomplished research projects run under the different EU framework programs. Within Horizon2020 Reinhard is actively involved in several MSCA projects with AVL participation.

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Inka Vaverková

Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic

WS A.3: MSCA enhancing public recognition of researchers
October 1
13:45 – 16:00

I work as an officer in R&D at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic since 2012. Since mid 2013 I was involved in the preparation of Operational Programme Research, Development and Education in areas of research and development and higher education. At the time being I am responsible for preparation of calls for proposals in R&D. I was involved in preparation of calls for proposals focused on the support of research infrastructures, Teaming or mobility of researchers, incl. MSCA. One of my other responsibilities is to enhance synergies between the OP RDE and Horizon 2020, I am a member of Community of Practice organised by DG Research and Innovation. I have my degree from the Charles University in Regional and Political Geography. 

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Dean Vuletic

Author & Researcher

WS A.1: MSCA and the impact on career development
October 1
13:45 – 16:00

Dr. Dean Vuletic is a historian of contemporary Europe. He is the author of "Postwar Europe and the Eurovision Song Contest" (London: Bloomsbury, 2018), the first-ever scholarly monograph on the history of Eurovision. 

The book is the result of a project for which he received a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship. Dr. Vuletic also regularly comments on Eurovision in the international media. Based in the Department of East European History at the University of Vienna, Dr. Vuletic currently leads the project “Intervision: Popular Music and Politics in Eastern Europe”, which is funded by the Austrian Science Fund. He holds a PhD in history from Columbia University, a Master’s degree in East European studies from Yale University, and a Bachelor’s degree in European studies from the Australian National University. He is the recipient of several other academic awards, including a Max Weber Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholarship, a Whiting Fellowship and the University Medal of the Australian National University. More information about Dr. Vuletic's work can be found on his website www.deanvuletic.com.

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Barbara Weitgruber

Director General for Scientific Research and International Relations, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research

Welcoming Word
October 1
10:00 – 10:30

Closing Word
October 2
13:00 - 13:15

Barbara Weitgruber was founding staff member and Director of the Office for International Relations and lecturer at Karl-Franzens Universität Graz, Austria and then Director of the Office for European Educational Co-operation of the Austrian Academic Exchange Service in Vienna, Austria. In December 1994 she joined the Austrian Ministry in charge of higher education and research as Director and later became Deputy Director General for Higher Education and Director General for Scientific Research and International Relations. She also is a member in numerous committees, including the Task Force for Research, Technology and Innovation of the Austrian Federal Government and the European “Research Policy Group” and chairs the Austrian Fulbright Commission as well as the Scholarship Foundation of the Republic of Austria. 


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Eva Wysocki

Programme Manager at the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

WS A.3: MSCA enhancing societal impact of researchers
October 1
13:45 – 16:00

Eva Wysocki obtained her PhD in Natural Sciences/Zoology at the University of Vienna. She has worked several years a Postdoc at the University of Vienna and the University of Maryland. After some years in private industry, she joined the Austrian Science Fund FWF in 2011 where she is Programme Manager and Scientific Project officer in the Department Strategy – Career Development and in charge of grant applications mainly within the Life Sciences. 

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Barbara Zimmermann

Head of Strategy - Career Development, Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

Chair
WS A.1: MSCA and the impact on career development

October 1
13:45 – 16:00

Barbara Zimmermann is a trained archaeologist and spent 7 years doing research in the field of late antique archaeology and ancient art history in Rome and Vienna. 2003 she joined the secretariat of the Austrian Science Fund as scientific project manager for the Humanities. From 2004 she has been head of the Career Devolopment department of the FWF. Her responsibilities include the management of the mobility and women’s programmes and all kind of questions regarding career deveolpment of researchers. She has managed together with her team four MSCA-Cofund Grants for the Erwin Schrödinger programme from 2009 until 2018.