Researchers for a greener Europe
During this session, the representatives of three projects of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) presented their initiatives for the training and career development of researchers and their positive impact on regional policies and sustainability. Two Innovative Training Networks (one focused on providing cities with innovative solutions for the future urban paved environment and another focused on smart and sustainable transport infrastructure) presented their positive experiences of creating new generations of highly-skilled professionals with multidisciplinary and intersectoral exposure. Additionally, an MSCA COFUND project explained its strategy to attract talented researchers to a region in France and stepping up cooperation between key academic and non-academic players, with a focus on regional research and innovation smart specialisation strategies.
Take away message
This session showcased three Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) projects of diverse nature, structure and focus. These projects respond to the bottom-up nature of MSCA (one of the main features of the Programme that will remain in Horizon Europe), but at the same time are contributing to policy priorities, regional competitiveness, global challenges and citizens' daily lives.
"Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions are a great experience. It is worth applying. Preparing a proposal requires a bit of work but the experience and the feedback from the early stage researchers and the team that you build is great. It is great to see so many people working in the same direction, based on your idea. So, do it!"
Sarah Ethier Sawyer:
"I encourage everyone to apply to MSCA. It is the opportunity to bring values and practices (such as transparent, open and merit-based recruitment) that should be the norm but are not yet in our institutions. MSCA is the best opportunity to attract young international talents to our regions who will stay and develop enterprises. Thanks, MSCA!"
Davide Lo Presti:
"Marie Skłodowska-Curie persevered until she got an opportunity to become what she became. MSCA are one of this kind of opportunities. Opportunities that everybody should have: fellows, institutions and project partners and coordinators. In an MSCA project, you build a group that will stay with you. I have received many benefits from being in these international networks."