Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions in Action!

On the 12th and 13th of July 2022, the ESR9 Livio Miranda participated in the Satellite Event promoted by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA). The event took place in Leiden (the Netherlands) and comprised different panels on current and essential topics regarding the MSCA priorities, as well as practical workshops. Below, you can check a few words about this event from Livio:

“The event started-off with a panel that clearly elucidated the priorities of MSCA for the present and future. The list of priorities includes career development (at all stages of career), equality and gender balance, excellence in all fields of research, as well as cooperation with non-academic world, international broadening and intersectoral collaboration.

The following panels engaged very fruitful discussions among the speakers and the audience, which was mainly comprised of Early Stage Researchers and Researchers supported by the MSCA. The panel on Science Diplomacy raised awareness on policy approaches to science policy for global cooperation in Research and innovation. It was very interesting that the panelists were very motivated and consolidated researchers that at some point took a career shift for science diplomacy roles, which is critical for evidence-based decisions in all spheres of society. 

The communication workshop was another great opportunity to learn different tools on how to give a TED-like speech for general audiences. During the workshop, the researchers formed groups in order to think collectively on how to make research topics more appealing and exciting for a general public.

Other than that, societal-relevant discussions were raised among the panelists and audience, including the awareness of new opportunities for Ukrainian researchers, as well as perspectives on policy approaches to support academic freedom for researchers who are at risk.

You can find some recorded videos and material at the official satellite event website (EuroScience Open Forum 2022 (ESOF) – MSCA Satellite event – idloom-events). And as an interesting fact: between 2012 and 2020, 12 Nobel Prize winners were either backed by or involved in the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions.”

Author: Livio Miranda