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Researcher and Society: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions at EuroScience Forum 2016

On 28-29 July 2016, the EuroScience Open Forum Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions satellite event was held in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Presentations from the sessions, where available, can be accessed on the programme below.

For more information on the EuroScience Open Forum, visit the conference website.


Jump to Day 2
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 the Cabinet of Commissioner Tibor 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?

Moderator: Alok Jha, science journalist

10.45– 11.15

Coffee break

11.15 – 12.30

Science and democracy: Get into the debate!

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

Moderation: Alok Jha, science journalist

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, science journalist

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, science journalist

19.00 – 22.30

Cocktail and gala dinner

University of Manchester Museum, and Whitworth Hall

Back to Day 1
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

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.

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

14.30 – 15.00

MSCA supporting migrant 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, Research Executive Agency
16.30 – 17.00

Closing session

European Commission, Directorate General for Education and Culture, Modernisation of Education II: Education policy and programme, Innovation, EIT and MSCA, Director

17.00 – 18.00

Networking cocktail

*Posters will be hung during the entire duration of the conference

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