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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Engaging with policy makers and presenting your research

All members of the MSCA community are invited to Toulouse, France this July to take part in a special event organized by the European Commission. qBionano’s Mattias is one of the invited speakers on the topic of “How to engage with policy makers”.

More information here and by clicking “read more” below.

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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

Voice of the Future at UK Parliament

Voice of the Future is an event organized by the Royal Society of Biology where early-career researchers come to the Houses of Parliament and discuss science policy issues with MPs and other key political figures.

This year’s event was on March 13 and was attended by the newly-appointed Science Minister Sam Gyimah MP, Shadow Minister Chi Onwurah MP, Stephen Metcalfe MP together with Science & Technology Select Committee colleagues, and Dr Rupert Lewis, the Director of the Government Office for Science.

qBioNano’s Mattias was invited to represent the Royal Society of Chemistry and asked two questions on behalf of the Society.

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