Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions satellite event "Research and society"

July 28, 2016


28-29 July

Day 1: 28 July 2016

8.00 – 9.00

Registration and welcome coffee

9:00 – 9.30

Opening session

- Welcoming word – Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, ESOF 2016 Champion

- Opening speech – European Commission, Patricia Reilly, Member of Cabinet Commissioner Navracsics

9.30 – 10.45

Discussion panel

Researcher and society: we're all in the same boat!

Society wants to have a view and a say on research, be it on its content (stem cells, etc), or its funding. How should researchers communicate with society in order to win its support and get their buy-in? Why is it important to inform the EU citizen/consumer and make him/her understand the value of research and science?

Moderation by Science Journalist: Alok Jha

- Dr Shane Bergins, founder of "Dart of Physics"

- Dr Katrien Heirman, UNESCO, MCAA member

-Dr Anne Largeot, Manchester University

10.45– 11.15

Coffee break

11.15 – 12.30

Science and democracy: Get into the debate!

Public/democratic engagement: How can you get involved as a researcher?

Moderation: Alok Jha

- Ass. Prof. Carine Germond, University of Maastricht, "A brief introduction to the EU decision making process"

- Yoran Beldengrün, Doctoral Researcher (Institute for Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia-CSIC), BIBAFOODS project, Founding President of Scientists Dating Forum

- Margaux Kersschot, Doctoral researcher at University of Leuven and University of Antwerp; President of Eurodoc

12:30 – 13.30

Lunch break

13.30 – 15.00

Ethics, transparency, research integrity, misconduct: Where do I stand?

Scandals of scientific plagiarism have made the headlines in the past few years. The collection and interpretation of data is also under scrutiny. Conducting science with good ethics, in a transparent manner is more important than ever. Have you (or your research group) adopted adequate measures to avoid mistakes? What can you do as a researcher to contribute to a healthy research environment?

Moderation: Alok Jha

- LERU (tbc)

- Torkild Vinther ENRO, Research integrity officers network

- Prof. Ottoline Leyser, University of Cambridge

15.00 – 15.30

Coffee break

15.30 – 17.30


Open science : the tools for your research success

  1. An intro to open science – a session providing a background to what it means to be open, the policy landscape, potential benefits, useful tools etc
  2. Using open science to your benefit – a session that explains how open science can improve your profile and help win proposals
  3. Data Management Planning – a session on data management in general and planning for this by writing DMPs

Moderation: Alok Jha

- Dr Ivo Grigorov, FOSTER project, DTU Denmark

- Sarah Jones, Glasgow Digital Centre

- Joy Davidson, Glasgow Digital Centre

19.00 – 22.30

Cocktail and gala dinner

University of Manchester Museum, and Whitworth Hall

Day 2: 29 July 2016

8.30 – 9 .00


9.00 – 10.00

Inspiring initiatives from the private sector

As a researcher you can change the world not only by working on blue sky research within universities, joining a research lab within a company can also be an interesting option.

Case studies from innovations developed by the private sector for a better society

Moderator: Dr Christopher Reynolds, REA

- Dr Federica Bressan, DAPHNET project, Associate Audio Innova

- Walter Minella, Doctoral candidate, Elvesys, LAPASO project

- Roy Assaf, Doctoral candidate, SMART-E project

- Dr Veronica Bermudez, Expert "Materials and Industrial Technologies for PV and Storage, EDF

10.00 – 11.30

Elevator pitch

We will select participants randomly in the room to make a 3 minutes presentation of their projects in laymen terms.

Moderation: Arya-Marie Ba Trung.

11.30– 12.30

*Poster session: How is your research contributing to society?

Posters will be divided by societal challenges

12.30 – 13.30

Lunch break

13.30 – 14.30

Bringing gender in research

The gender dimension is now integrated within Horizon 2020, at two levels:

- Gender balance within the research teams

- Gender dimension within the content of research.

This session will explain why integrating gender (within your team or your research project) can make a difference to the quality of your research.

Introduction and moderation by Ass. Prof.  Hilda Rømer Christensen, University of Copenhagen

- Ass. Prof.  Astrid Linder, Monash University

- Prof. Anne Inger Helmen Borge, Department of Psychology, UiO

14.30 – 15.00

MSCA supporting displaced researchers

How is MSCA helping displaced researchers coming from conflict zones? The European Commission has launched the Science4Refugees initiative. How can MSCA researchers and the MCAA community contribute?

- Dr Francesco Sanna, MCAA member

15.00 – 15.30

Coffee break

15.30– 16.30

Ethics in H2020 Proposal

Workshop presenting the Horizon 2020 self-assessment guidelines  on ethics and how a proposal complies with the ethical principles, followed by Q&A from the public

- Dr Audrey Arfi, REA


Closing session

European Commission, DG EAC, Modernisation of Education II: Education policy and programme, Innovation, EIT and MSCA,

17.00 – 18.00

Networking cocktail

*Posters will be on display for the entire duration of the conference

For more information please visit their website here.

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