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Researchers for a greener Europe

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Tue 6, October 2020
11:30 - 13:00 CET
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Representatives from two Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) projects relevant to regions and cities in the context of a greener Europe will briefly present their positive experiences of creating new generations of highly-skilled professionals with multidisciplinary and intersectoral exposure and the positive impact on regional policies and sustainability: one project provides cities with innovative solutions for the future urban paved environment and the other focused on smart and sustainable transport infrastructure. Next, a representative from an MSCA COFUND project will explain its strategy for attracting talented researchers to a particular region and stepping up cooperation between key academic and non-academic players, with a focus on regional research and innovation smart specialisation strategies. Attendees (from public and private organisations from academia and beyond) will then discuss how research can contribute to sustainable development and how to get involved in European programmes for training researchers, such as MSCA. Conclusions will be shared in a wrap-up session.

Bodo Richter, Deputy Head of Unit, DG EAC, European Commission, Belgium.
Sarah Ethier Sawyer, European Project Engineer and Manager, Universite d'Aix Marseille, France.
Davide Lo Presti, Assistant Professor, Visiting academic University of Nottingham (UK), University of Palermo, Italy.
Cesare Sangiorgi, Professor, Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna, Italy.
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Workshop
Empowering citizens
European Commission - DG EAC
English (EN)
Zoom

Session summary

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.

Presentations



Cesare Sangiorgi:

"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."

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