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Increasing Researchers' employability in Europe: Marie Curie Actions' formula for Successful Careers

3 - 4 October 2011 - Paris, France

Europe faces major challenges that have to be addressed. We need more jobs to get Europe's economy back on track; and societal challenges like demographic changes have to be efficiently tackled. Innovation is likely the best way to deal with these challenges. In the last 15 years Marie Curie Actions (MCA) played an important role in structuring Europe's research. One of the key objectives of MCA is to support scientists in their research by providing them a secure working environment and by promoting their employability. In the Sixth Framework Programme for Research and Technology (FP6: 2002 - 2006) more than 4.000 MC projects were funded.

In cooperation with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), the European Commission’s Directorate General for Research and Innovation organized a conference to share views and experiences gained through MCA in FP6. The conference was held on the 3rd and 4th of October 2011 in Paris and brought together leaders in the field of science including MC fellows. Among the speakers the Romanian Minister of Education, Dr Daniel Funeriu, a former fellow himself, expressed his appreciation for the MC programme.

The event highlighted the importance of the projects in creating new jobs whereas success stories demonstrated how innovation can be harnessed to create patents, financial growth and innovation for Europe.

The series of reports presented in the conference helped showcase how the MCA can be used as a guide to structure future training programmes in Countries under-going reforms fostering in this way diversity and development.


Programme of the conference:

Day One: October 3rd 2011

Charles Hirlimann, Deputy Director, CNRS International Cooperation Office: Welcoming speech

Didier Gambierpdf(817 kB), Head of Unit, European Commission, Marie Curie Action FP6: A comprehensive policy for Researchers' careers

Session I : National strategies to best exploit Marie Curie Actions potential

1 : Przemyslaw Jankowskipdf(317 kB), European Commission

2 : Daniel FUNERIUpdf(795 kB) (Moderator and keynote speaker)

3 : Stéphane AYMARDpdf(305 kB), Marie Curie National Contact Point, France

4 : Marina GOVOROFFpdf(198 kB), Ministère de l'Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche, France

5 : Conor O'CARROLLpdf(3 MB), Marie Curie National Contact Point, Irish Universities Ireland, Ireland

6 : Hans M. BORCHGREVINKpdf(2 MB), The Research Council of Norway, Norway

Session II : Synergies between private companies and academic groups: key skills for a job in the private sector

1 : Joao Albuquerque Silvapdf(277 kB), European Commission

2 : Carlos MALPICApdf(213 kB), MLP Vision Biotech S:L, Madrid, Spain

3 : Diarmuid O'BRIENpdf(2 MB), CRANN, Dublin, Ireland

4 : Åsa Wheelockpdf(882 kB), Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

5 : Michel Mermet-Guyennetpdf(257 kB), Alstom, France

6 : Anna Thomaspdf(2 MB), Unilever, The Netherlands

Session III : Research institutes strategies to best train researchers

1 : Jean-François Briolpdf(392 kB), European Commission

2 : Günther Hahne, CNRS, Brussels, Belgium

3 : Thomas Rochette-Castelpdf(324 kB), CNRS, France

4 : Guillaume Fusaipdf(359 kB), CEA, France

5 : Renata Schaefferpdf(694 kB), (University of Cambridge), United Kingdom

6 : Costas Fotakispdf(2 MB), (FORTH, Greece)

7 : Claudia Eggertpdf(206 kB), (KoWi) Brussels, Belgium

8 : Ari Elsonpdf(306 kB) (Weizmann Institute) Rehovot, Israel

Day Two: October 4th 2011

Session IV : Fostering employability: the example of social scientists in multidisciplinary and multisectorial environments.

1 : Rosanna D'Amariopdf(348 kB), European Commission

2 : Michael Stewartpdf(623 kB), University College London, London, United Kingdom

3 : Marcello Mollicapdf(134 kB), University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy

4 : Maria Aluaspdf(861 kB), Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

5 : Caitríona Ní Laoire, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

Session V : Marie Curie Actions: worldwide collaborations

1 : Renata Bachorczyk-Nagypdf(337 kB), European Commission

2 : M'Hammed Sabourpdf(489 kB), University of Eastern Finland, Finland

3 : Mary Wupdf(272 kB), National Institute for Medical Research, London United Kingdom

4 : Gibor Basripdf(611 kB), University of Berkeley, Berkeley, USA

5 : Elena Romanovapdf(2 MB), Saratov State University, Saratov, Russia

Session VI : European organisations' visions

1 : Lidia Borell-Damianpdf(2 MB), European University Association

2 : Giovanna Oddopdf(335 kB), European Patent Office Academy

3 : Esperança Manuelpdf(491 kB), Marie Curie Fellowship Association

4 : Laura Marinpdf(371 kB), European Science Foundation

Discussion with the audience

1 : Louise Byrnepdf(905 kB), Research Executive Agency (REA)

2 : Lisette Schermerpdf(631 kB), Marie Curie Actions unit, Education and Culture Directorate General, European Commission

With over 120 participants the first conference was a clear success. The speaker presentations are available on-line, together with their short CVpdf(358 kB) and the conference video. We want to use this opportunity to thank all the speakers and all attendees who helped making this a fruitful and stimulating conference.

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