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MSCA "Research and society" 28-29 July 2016

Save the date!


Dear MSCA fellows/coordinators,


Have you heard of ESOF? ESOF is the largest European science conference gathering world famous researchers and scientists from all disciplines. It takes place every two years. The sessions include ascience, a science to business  and a career programme (to be announced soon).


The next ESOF conference will take place on 23-27 July 2016 and will be followed by a satellite conference for MSCA fellows and alumni on 28- 29 July 2016 in Manchester city.


Registrations to MSCA conference are free and will open in January 2016, and MSCA fellows will have the opportunity to register to the main ESOF conference at a special discount price.


So before planning your Summer holidays, bear in mind the MSCA and ESOF conferences!


For a preview of our programme for the satellite conference see below


We look forward to seeing you in Manchester!


Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions satellite event

"Research and society"

28-29 July 2016


Day 1: 28 July 2016

8.00 – 9.00 

Registration and welcome coffee

9:00 – 9.30

Opening session

- Welcoming word –ESOF Representative

- Opening speech – European Commission Representative

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?


10.45– 11.15

Coffee break

11.15 – 12.30

Science and democracy: Get into the debate!

- EU 101: Introduction to the EU decision making process

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

12:30 – 13.30

Lunch break

13.30 – 15.00

Ethics, transparency, research intergrity, 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?


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


19.00 – 22.30

Cocktail and gala dinner



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

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 – 14.00

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 introductory session will explain why integrating gender (within your team or your research project) can make a difference to the quality of your research.


14.00 – 15.30

Parallel sessions on how to integrate the gender dimension by disciplines


Integrating the gender dimension within research project/proposal - Life sciences and social sciences

Workshop and case studies


Integrating the gender dimension within research project/proposal - Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Environment, others

Workshop and case studies

15.30 – 16.00

Coffee break

16.00 – 17.00

Becoming an Expert at REA (gender and ethics)

Information session on how to become an expert for the evaluations at REA

17.00 – 17.30

Closing session

European Commission representative

17.30 – 18.00

Networking cocktail

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska Curie grant agreement No  642620
European Union