Programme

9:30 am – 10:10 am

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MSCA Falling Walls Lab

Introduction and 1st video slot

10:10 am – 10:20 am

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Introduction and opening remarks to the conference

10:20 am – 10:40 am

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Welcome notes to the conference

Anja Karliczek
Federal Minister of Education and Research – BMBF

Mariya Gabriel
EU-Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth

10:40 am – 11:30 am

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Panel discussion: ‘Synergies between the MSCA and the European Universities Initiative’

Live from the studio in Berlin

Description

Germany wholeheartedly supports the European Universities Initiative, not least recognizable by the fact that the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) immediately started a co-funding scheme for successful German applicants in this initiative to reinforce its impact. Council conclusions on the European Universities Initiative are planned for the Trio Presidency of Germany, Portugal and Slovenia.

MSCA 2020 – Achieving more together seems to be the right place to draw and discuss the first conclusions of this initiative in terms of possible synergies with the MSCA. Closer collaborations between Horizon Europe and other programmes have been envisaged for a long time, but often failed to work smoothly. In our opinion, the European Universities Initiative might be the initiative that was needed for Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe, and especially for the MSCA, to create close cooperation opportunities with other European programmes.

On September 29th, the first European Universities from that initiative will have existed for over a year, some of them even have achieved to apply successfully for the MSCA-COFUND scheme as a European Universities Alliance. According to the motto Achieving more together, the panel brings together representatives from the political level (BMBF and European Commission), as well as representatives from highly successful European Universities in the MSCA and the European Universities Initiative (Universities of Lisbon and Ljubljana), to discuss future opportunities, but also obstacles that need to be addressed.

Vanessa Debiais-Sainton
Head of Unit Higher Education – DG EAC

Peter Greisler
Head of the Directorate Higher Education, Federal Ministry of Education and Research – BMBF

Igor Papič
Rector of the University of Ljubljana

António Cruz Serra
Rector of the University of Lisbon

11:30 am – 11:45 am

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Q & A-Session

11:45 am – 12:30 pm

Lunch break

12:30 pm – 12:45 pm

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Introduction to the workshops

12:45 pm – 14:00 pm

Workshop Rooms

Four parallel virtual workshops on ‘Supervision in the MSCA and beyond’ from different perspectives

Workshop I: Perspective of doctoral researchers

It is undisputed that training and guidance of doctoral researchers is unthinkable without having excellent supervisors. In order to assess supervision from all relevant perspectives and to shed light on what still can and must be improved, the researcher’s perspective on supervision is essential.

In the first workshop “Supervision in MSCA and beyond – Perspective of doctoral researchers”, we will focus on the supervision needs, expectations and challenges of doctoral researchers. What are the obstacles towards good supervision? Are there official guidelines to follow and how are they implemented? Are the MSCA supervision requirements reasonable and what are the ideas for improvement?

Together, we want to discuss and learn from the differences between institutions and between the MSCA and other programmes to understand what exactly excellent supervision entails from the perspective of doctoral researchers.

 

Speakers
Mostafa Moonir Shawrav
Chair
Lindsey Bultema
Expert
Jamie Rohu
Expert
Cornel Borit
Expert
Stéphanie Gauttier
Rapporteur
Workshop II: Perspective of postdoctoral researchers

Supervision is an important part of the MSCA Individual Fellowships. Among other things, close cooperation and regular meetings with the supervisors to determine the progress of the research but also of the career development of the researcher are foreseen.

But is this kind of supervision even necessary at the postdoc stage? What is the additional value and are there any differences in the form of the supervision compared to the doctoral stage? What are the obstacles and how could they be tackled? Does MSCA supervision meet the postdocs’ needs and what can be adopted from other programmes?

In the workshop on “Supervision in MSCA and beyond – Perspective of postdoctoral researchers” we would like to discuss and compare the opinions and experiences of MSCA and other postdocs on these questions and on supervision in general at this stage of their careers.

Speakers
Alie Kwint
Chair
Fernanda Bajanca
Expert
Thomas Baumgarten
Expert
Alexander Kmoch
Expert
Scott Harrison
Rapporteur
Workshop III: Perspective of supervisors from academic institutions

The training of doctoral and postdoctoral researchers has developed and changed rapidly over the last 10 to 15 years. International mobility is expected of them, but also interdisciplinary and intersectoral mobility. In addition to research, transferable skills are increasingly coming to the fore, which should lead to a high degree of employability. In this workshop we would like to find out how these expectations are to be evaluated from the perspective of supervisors in academic institutions. Is too much demanded of the junior researchers and thus also of the supervisors who accompany and guide them? From the supervisors’ point of view, are undesirable developments discernible, and are possibly the wrong priorities set? Are the set expectations unrealistic? From the supervisors´ point of view, what is essential for good supervision, and what are the greatest obstacles that stand in the way of this demand?

Speakers
Juliane Sauer
Chair
Axelle Viré
Expert
Norbert Sewald
Expert
Shannon Whitlock
Expert
Per Magnus Kommandantvold
Rapporteur
Workshop IV: Perspective of supervisors from non-academic institutions

The MSCA aim at providing researchers with inter-sectoral research experience. This should boost their career opportunities in both sectors, inside and outside academia. Instruments such as the “Society and Enterprise panel”, The “European Industrial Doctorates”, but also secondments to enterprises pave the way for highly skilled researchers which are able to cope with the requirements in different research environments. Furthermore, research and innovation staff exchange as offered by RISE strongly promotes cross-sector collaboration, sharing knowledge and ideas from research to market.

Nonetheless, companies often struggle to combine their engagement in an EU project with the requirements of a running business or production. However, for a successful MSCA project it is essential to provide researchers and staff with an excellent supervision. What are the challenges non-academic institutions have to cope with in this regard? And how do they manage it? Are changes regarding the demands needed? In this workshop, we would like to discuss these challenges with supervisors from SMEs and private research institutions who will share their experience.

Speakers
Christopher Gosau
Chair
Marina Castellano
Expert
Monika Lelonek
Expert
Colin Clarke
Expert
Therese Lindahl
Rapporteur

14:00 pm – 14:15 pm

Coffee break

14:15 pm – 14:45 pm

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MSCA Falling Walls Lab

2nd video slot

14:45 pm – 15:00 pm

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Presentation of the workshops´ results

15:00 pm – 15:25 pm

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Plenary discussion about the results

15:25 pm – 16:00 pm

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MSCA Falling Walls Lab

3rd video slot

16:00 pm – 16:15 pm

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Conclusions and outlook

Antoaneta Angelova-Krasteva
Director Innovation, International Cooperation and Sport – DG EAC

Peter Greisler
Head of the Directorate Higher Education, Federal Ministry of Education and Research – BMBF

16:15 pm – 16:30 pm

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MSCA Falling Walls Lab award ceremony – jury prize and audience prize

Closure of the conference

Moderator: Ulrich Walter