MSCA ESOF satellite event

The European Commission hosted a two-day event entirely dedicated to the MSCA community in Toulouse, France, this July. Mattias from qBionano was one of the invited speakers to the “How to Engage with Policy-Makers” session.

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ESOF 2018 – Open science: From concept to implementation

Photo: Part of the ESOF MCAA team with science communicator Mario.

Everybody seems to agree that “open science is a good idea,” but there are many aspects that need to be taken into account in terms of implementation. This panel, organized and hosted by MCAA members Maja Mise and Mattias Björnmalm, opened the discussion about the different aspects to open science and concrete strategies towards implementation.

[ More about the ESOF conference here. ]

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Policy paper: The future of European Research Funding

New policy paper published. This paper was prepared by the Policy Working Group of the Marie Curie Alumni Association with contributions from qBionano’s Mattias.

It presents policy recommendations for the upcoming European funding programme (FP9) which will follow Horizon 2020 and be on the order of €100 billion.

“Like Horizon 2020, this will set the direction for European research for many years to come, so it’s important that as many of us as possible make our voices heard now when these decisions are being made”, Mattias said about the document. “To keep attracting and retaining the best minds, Europe needs to keep showing leadership on important topics ranging from open science and mental health of researchers, to promoting diversity and equality.”

Links: Press release and PDF of position paper