Organized under the auspices of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in Bucharest, on 4-5 June, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Presidency Conference (MSCA) has been for several years now a flagship event for the MSCA Programme.
On Wednesday 13 March 2019, the President’s Address and Reception was hosted in the City and Guilds Building of the South Kensington Campus of Imperial College London.
This was President Alice Gast’s fifth annual address to the College community. This annual event also provides an opportunity to celebrate outstanding achievements and external accolades of Imperial’s staff and alumni.
This year, qBionano’s Mattias was an awardee, recognized for outstanding achievements in policy engagement. This includes his recent invited contribution at the Houses of Parliament. More examples of his recent policy engagements are available here.
The full text of the President’s Address is available here and some photos from the evening are available below.
On January 21, qBionano’s Mattias represented the Marie Curie Alumni Association in a panel debate entitled “How Researchers & Publishers Can Collaborate In The Move Towards Open Science” organized by Elsevier in Amsterdam. Below is the full video from the event. Mattias also shares a summary of key take-away messages in this blog post.
The outsized importance of publications has meant too many research students focus on featuring papers in prestigous journals, despite having success in doing so feeling like something of a lottery. To Mattias Björnmalm, a strong focus on the research output instead of the research process is detrimental to research itself. Research is about increasing our understanding of the world and helping to solve problems. At its best and most effective, this is a collaborative endeavour leveraging diverse skills and experiences. Ensuring we focus our definition of success around valuable contributions — instead of around the final output — would recognise and reward good research and researchers.