The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) provide grants for all stages of researchers’ careers – be they doctoral candidates or highly experienced researchers – and encourage transnational, inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary mobility. The MSCA enable research-focused organisations to host talented foreign researchers and to create strategic partnerships with leading institutions worldwide.
The MSCA aims to equip researchers with the necessary skills and international experience for a successful career, either in the public or the private sector. The programme responds to the challenges sometimes faced by researchers, offering them attractive working conditions and the opportunity to move between academic and other settings.
The MSCA 2017 Conference is organized by the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) of the Ministry for Education and Employment (MEDE) with the cooperation of the European Commission and will take place at Esplora on the 11th and 12th May 2017 under the auspices of the Maltese Presidency of the EU.
The overall objective of the conference is to discuss and reflect on the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions with a special focus on ‘Mobility Takes Research Further’. The objectives of the event will be reached by sharing good practices and encouraging a debate on past and ongoing experiences. Experienced and early stage researchers, academics from various universities, European Commission officials, proposal evaluators, representatives of National Contact Points and Programme Committee Meetings of Horizon 2020, will have the possibility to share their views and opinions. The input from the participants will be then elaborated into a conference report.
The MSCA conference will target the following audiences:
- Experts and stakeholders in the field of research funding and researchers’ careers pathways
- Representatives of institutions who have been actively involved as hosts under MSCA
- Researchers who have been beneficiaries from the MSCA
- Researchers from all sectors (academic, public and private institutions)
- National Contact Points and Programme Committee representatives
- Representatives from the European Commission
By bringing together experts and stakeholders in the field of research funding and researchers’ careers together with researchers who have been actively involved in MSCA; by reviewing the performance and the scope of the mobility mechanisms implemented throughout the various framework programmes; by discussing series of issues such as gender, recruitment procedures, supervision or career tracking; and by formulating recommendations for the programme; the MSCA 2017 Conference will set the scene for a broader debate on, and for the long term dissemination of the mobility concept resulting in strengthening R&I. At the same time, the conference will also serve as a platform to promote researchers’ careers and raise awareness on mobility opportunities.
The conference will address the following questions:
- What is the current status of the MSCA programme – which are the key signals?
- How researchers’ mobility reflects upon R&I? How does excellent science depend on mobility?
- How mobility can foster the process from research to industry?
- What are the good practices that enhance R&I capacity through researchers’ mobility?
- What are the MSCA mobility related challenges and how they can be overcome?
- How to raise interest among researchers from the new member states (EU13) and other low-performing member states?
- How ‘bottom-up’ approach can contribute to the current and future societal challenges?
- How MSCA research and mobility can integrate in the industrial value chains – to become vehicles for growth supporting recovery from the economic crisis?
In order to answer these questions, the event
- Introduces the recent status of the MSCA and the most important related mobility and research results.
- Encourages speakers and participants to highlight advantages of the mobility aspect of the programme.
- Spotlights the MSCA success stories.
- Covers all key elements including: mobility, training, gender issues, interaction between academic and non-academic sectors, geographical spread.
- Promotes and popularises the importance of MSCA in combating current and future societal challenges.
- Discusses framework conditions affecting MSCA participants, including access to funding and legal and financial aspects.
- Provides a platform for discussions between academic and non-academic sectors, European Commission representatives, and researchers.
- Boosts European innovation by helping talented researchers to identify collaborations, scientific challenges, secondments and employment in industry.