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Head of Unit, European Commission, DG Education, Culture, Youth and Sports

October 1
11:45 - 12:15

Sophie Beernaerts is the Head of unit, in the European Commission, 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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Dr. Jennifer Brennan

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

WS B.4: Improving and facilitating Synergies – SYNERGIES

October 1
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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Stijn Delauré

Policy officer at the European Commission, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, unit C2 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)

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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​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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Dr. 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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Deputy Director-General, European Commission (DG EAC)

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.

She previously 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".

Viviane Hoffmann speaks Luxembourgish, French, German and English.

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Dept. Pathophysiology and Allergy Research, Medical University of Vienna

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Per Magnus Kommandantvold

Special adviser at The Research Council of Norway

WS B.4: Improving and facilitating Synergies – SYNERGIES

October 1
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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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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Martin Mühleck

Policy Officer, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Unit C.2, DG EAC, European Commission

Martin Mühleck is policy officer of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Unit in DG EAC of the European Commission. He is responsible for managing the relationships of the MSCA with the Eastern Neighbours of the European Union, among them Belarus. 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)

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Nurturing Excellence through Mobility - FELLOWSHIPS

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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Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research

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 – Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Bodo Richter 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 (MSCA) 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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Dr. Julian Sauer

Director and Founding Partner at OxygenEUm

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.