MSCA 2022 Conference - Program



Day 1: May 23, 2022

9:00 - 9:30 - Opening speeches

  • Themis Christophidou, Director General of the DG EAC, European Commission
  • Claire Giry, Director General of Research and Innovation, French Ministry of higher education, research and innovation
  • Alain Fuchs, President, PSL University
  • Tatiana Malherbe, Deputy Director of the Research Center, Institut Curie

9:30 - 10:00 - Scene-setting keynote

10:00 - 10:30 - Coffee break

10:30 - 11 :15 - A short history of Marie Sklodowska Curie

  • Denis Guthleben, Historian, Scientific attaché at the CNRS History Committee, specialist in the history of science 

11:15 - 12:15 - MSCA at 25, what has been achieved? MSCA 2021-2027 program: new strategic orientations

12:15 – 12:30 - Q&A session  

12 :30 - 12:35 - Introduction to the workshops

12:35 - 14:00 - Lunch

14:15 - 16:00 - 4 parallel workshops


Workshop 1 - Supporting gender equality with and within MSCA: closing the gender gap in research and supporting the career development of female researchers

This workshop will aim to address a major challenge: closing the gender gap in research and science and working on equal opportunities in career development for both women and men. Since its inception, MSCA has focused on promoting gender equality and equal opportunities for its fellows and in its projects (transparent recruitment, quality employment and working conditions for researchers, part-time work and parental leave, etc.). How can we work further to close the gender gap? What actions can we explore? How can MSCA inspire other programs and move the issue forward? How can we ensure inclusion within the research experiments themselves? In this interactive session, stories and ideas will be shared and recommendations will emerge. The Gender Equality Plan and the transformation of institutional practices to foster gender equality will be particularly highlighted.

Workshop 2 - Global solidarity in higher education and research: supporting academic freedom and academics at risk

Due to spreading conflicts and pressures on academics and universities around the world, researchers are becoming increasingly targeted, putting at risk academic freedom, a key founding principle of MSCA.

Several programs such as Scholars at Risk Europe, InSPIREurope or the PAUSE program in France have been protecting and welcoming these scholars by offering to host them for research and education activities in EU higher education institutions.

How can the MSCA support such initiatives? What are the best practices when welcoming vulnerable researchers within your home institution?

Workshop 3 - Closing the gap between research and citizens: building trust in science with MSCA

This session is directly inspired by the priority of the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation to strengthen the relationship between science and society, which is also one of the main objectives of MSCA for 2021-2027. There are major objectives in sharing and making available science and knowledge more globally. This strategy of "Science with and for society" implies renewing the pact between researchers and citizens, injecting more awareness, transparency, trust and reciprocity in their relationship, but also recognizing the new contribution that citizen participation in research could represent and thus developing the aspect of citizen engagement. This strategy is based on a conviction: the relationship between science and society must be recognized as a dimension of scientific activity. How can this necessary link be strengthened through MSCA? 

Workshop 4 - From intentions to actions: implementing the MSCA Green Charter in research projects

The degradation of our environment and climate change represent a mirage for the future. The question of our common future and the impact of research is crucial. The MSCA program supports bottom-up and frontier/applied research, as part of the support to the European Green Deal and the resolution of climate and environment related issues. An MSCA Green Charter provides guidance in this regard. It is a code of good practice by which all participants must adhere to this Charter and "do their best" to minimize environmental impact in their research activities. This approach is intended to be structural because it begins at the identification of the project and continues throughout the life of the project.

Thus, during this interactive session, we will first establish an inventory of the early application of the Green Charter in the work of the MSCA laureates, the data expressed will be illustrated by testimonies on the actual experience of eco-responsibility that the laureates had to implement. This approach will be intended to ask many questions related to the integration of the Green Charter in the Green Deal. In order to develop the establishment of this Green Charter, the discussion will turn to the means of promoting the good practices, while seeking how to generate enthusiasm around them.

At the end of this sharing of ideas, a proposal for an advice booklet for the application of the good practices of the Green Charter will be made.


16:00 - 16h:30 - Coffee break

16:30 - 17:00 - Presentation of the workshops' results

17:00 - 17:15 - Conclusions

17:45 – 19:00 - Tour at the Panthéon / Tour of Marie Curie's heritage

19:30 - 21:00 - Cocktail and concert by the PSL Orchestra

Day 2: May 24

9:30 - 12:00 - MSCA Falling Walls lab competition

12:30 - 14:00  - Lunch
Cité internationale universitaire de Paris 



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