The science dissemination initiative called European Researchers' Night within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions was again a success in its last version in September 2016. This Europe wide public and open event aims to raise awareness about research, dispel stereotypes about researchers and entice young people to take up a research career in the future.
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The European Researchers' Night action supports public events that bring researchers closer to society, showcase science and its impact on our daily lives, and encourage young people to start a research career.
Meet our MSCA fellow Vanessa Sancho-Shimizu, a researcher in infectious diseases. She moved to London to pursue her research career after her post-doc funded by MSCA in Paris. This video highlights the benefits of being exposed to different research environments, and how it contributes to foster creativity and exchange of ideas.
Coralie Chanvillard is an early stage researcher undertaking a PhD in Berlin, under the ITN Grant of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme. This grant gave her the opportunity to gain plenty of scientific experience and to do part of her research in other European Union Member States. She is researching her PhD in Immunology in Berlin at the Hospital Charité. Her research is on multiple sclerosis.
Gillian Hendy is an Electrochemist at MIT, Langer lab, USA. She was granted a Marie Skłodowska-Curie International Fellowship. The MSCA funding enables her to acquire new skills and gain new knowledge in a leading organisation outside Europe.
Marta López Daris is an ecologist from Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain and a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellow at the Instituto de Productos Naturales y Agrobiología (CSIC) where she is concluding a postdoctoral position. She has already undertaken research on rethinking Darwin's Theory of Evolution in the contemporary context. Her scientific approach is to study hunting as a force driving evolution. She spent two years in the US and one year in Spain comparing the evolution of predator and prey between the Bahamas and the Canary Islands. As a scientist, the Individual Fellow Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions grant is helping her to improve her scientific skills and initiate strong collaborations with scientists in other parts of the world.
Katarzyna Kalita is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow with research focused on the identification of genes involved in epilepsy. The MSCA allows her to cover research costs, have an employment contract and work close to her family and friends. In addition to offering generous fellowships, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions give researchers the possibility to gain experience abroad and in the private sector, and to complete their training with competences or disciplines useful for their careers.