06 February 2018

5th Marie Curie Alumni Association Annual Meeting

5th Marie Curie Alumni Association Annual Meeting

The Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA) gathers researchers that are or have been benefitting from the European Commission’s Marie Curie mobility programme. This year, the annual meeting for the MCAA was held in Leuven, Belgium and TreatRec fellows Sara Johansson and Yaroslav Verkh attended the event.

The first day consisted of the MCAA annual conference. The morning was split into two parallel sessions. The first one covered Innovation in Europe and its benefits and challenges. The session on Career choices and career development was centered around the topic of mental health for researchers and how to tackle challenges such as unexpected results, competition, and dead ends that all come with the practice.

The combined lunch break and poster session offered a chance to network and talk to researchers from a wide range of disciplines. During the afternoon workshops were held on a wide range of topics; from science communication to the writing of IF and ERC applications to protection of intellectual property. The last session covered Open Science, a concept that the European Commission is aiming to make a reality by 2020. In parallel to this, an employer speed dating session was held. The day was closed with a lively dinner.

The second day consisted of the MCAA General Assembly. Apart from the elections of the MCAA board, there were parallel sessions the MCAA Working Groups presented their work. TreatRec fellow Yaroslav Verkh contributes to the Bridging Science and Business Working group. During the past year, they organized a meeting in Gdansk, Poland on monetizing research and intellectual property protection.

After these two intense days, Spain-Portugal, France, and BeNeLux chapters held separate meetings and also organized a research speed dating where all the members got to get to know each other.