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18 November


Auditorium of the “Department of Humanities” – Via Tommaso Gar, 14

– Welcome –

9:00 – 9:40
Sara Ferrari – Provincial Minister for University and Research, Youth Policy, Equal Opportunities and Development Cooperation
Ugo Rossi – President of Autonomous Province of Trento
Stefania Giannini – Italian Minister for Education, University and Research
Xavier Prats Monnè – Director-General, Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, European Commission

– Keynotes –
Chairperson: Daniela Corda
Italian Delegate to MSCA Prog. Committee

9:40 – 10:10
Fabienne Gautier – Head of Unit, European Research Area policy, European Commission

10:10 – 10:40
Luigi Berlinguer – Former Minister of the Italian Government and former Member of the European Parliament
– Coffee Break –

11:10 – 11:40
Towards the Doctorate in Europe
Conor O’Carroll – Chair, ERA Steering Group on Human Resources and Mobility

11:40 – 12:10
The Study on Marie Curie Actions Researchers and their long term career development
Sara Gysen – GfK GmbH


– Award Ceremony –
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Prize
12:10 – 12:50
Winners and finalists of MSCA Prizes


– Lunch Break –


– Workshop –
“Training and supporting researchers in a changing world”
Which skills for the next generation of PhD holders;
prepare future researchers for multi-sectoral career paths responding to the demands of economy and society
Moderator: Nicola Vittorio
Co-Chair of Working Group on the Third Cycle of European Higher Education Area – Bologna Follow-Up Group

14:00 – 14:20
How MSC Actions are evolving to address new challenges
Alessandra Luchetti – Head of Unit, Research careers; Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, European Commission

14:20 – 14:40
Research funders change of policy to meet future training needs: The case of Norway
Per Magnus Kommandantvold – The Research Council of Norway

14:40 – 15:00
Bologna Process Working Group on 3rd Cycle
Marzia Foroni – Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research


– Coffee Break –


– Workshop –
“Multi–sectoral career paths: promoting and assessing Professional Development”
Recognise best conditions for the development of multi-sectoral career paths; find strategies for tracking and indicators for assessing portfolio careers
Moderator: Sébastien Huber
Senior Policy Officer, Science Europe

15:50 – 16:10
The Science Europe Working Group on Inter-sectoral Mobility
Ulrike Kohl – FNR Luxembourg
Science Europe’s Working Group on Research Careers seeks to “contribute to the ERA monitoring in the domain of inter-sectoral mobility and relevant career issues” (extract from Science Europe’s Roadmap).
During an initial workshop in Paris in December 2013, the working group had started to discuss the theme of intersectoral mobility and had drawn some conclusions and formulated recommendations out of the workshop discussions. These recommendations will be presented in short during the conference and will be positioned against other initiatives such as the EUA Doc Careers project’s recommendations in 2012, as well as the conclusions of an ERAC workshop on intersectoral mobility held on 26 March 2014.
As one of the conclusions of the workshop in Paris, the need was felt to launch a survey and collect data about existing initiatives that support intersectoral mobility among Science Europe members. The Science Europe survey questionnaire was constructed around two main blocks: a first set of questions intending to collect information about existing funding schemes and support measures to enhance inter-sectoral mobility and a second set of questions regarding the strategic relevance and possible impact of such measures.
The survey so far was completed by 16 Science Europe members on the initial deadline on 31st October 2014. The results that will be presented in the workshop are fairly preliminary since they were not yet analysed in depth by the working group. However some initial results on existing support measures and their relevance can be presented. Issues for further exploration by the working group will also be suggested and discussed with conference participants.

16:10 – 16:30
Innovative doctoral training: Principles and practice from LERU universities
Katrien Maes – Chief policy officer, League of European Research Universities
In this presentation I will briefly discuss the innovative doctoral training principles proposed by LERU in 2010. I will then provide a number of practice-based examples illustrating the variety of skills training options at LERU universities. Master classes promoting creativity and risk-taking in novel research, toolkits to help doctoral researchers with information management in their research, courses or mentoring to support them to finish their PhD successfully and on time, and individual training plans are just a few of the examples to be discussed. An important element is the doctoral candidate’s ability to self-initiate and drive activities as part of the process of becoming an independent researcher, using progress logs, self-assessment tools, doctoral networking events, etc.
To conclude, I will formulate some recommendations for universities, policy makers, funders and employers.

16:30 – 16:50
Exploring the landscape of researchers’ careers
Janet Metcalfe – Chair and Head – Vitae UK
This presentation will present the emerging results from a study to explore the careers of researchers who are employed outside of academic research. It will explore the challenges for researchers in making this transition and the implications for institutions in supporting the professional and career development of researchers.


– Workshop –
“Attractive working and social security conditions in Europe for ANY talented researcher”
Present best practices and solutions for supporting international mobility, parental leave, academic couples following dual careers, etc.
Moderator: Mark A. Suskin(slides)

U.S. National Science Foundation, Europe Office

17:10 – 17:30
Promoting talents, spreading excellence.
Hilda Rømer Christensen – Head of coordination for gender studies at University of Copenhagen

17:30 – 17:50
RESAVER – the European pension fund to support mobility in ERA
Andrea Gino Crivelli – RESAVER Consortium

17:30 – 17:50
Attractive working conditions for ANY talented researcher: what do ESRs want?
John Peacock – President EURODOC


19 November


– Workshop –
“A win-win collaboration between academia and beyond”
Discuss solutions for training the next generation of researchers to provide a wider spectrum of career options and to boost knowledge transfer outside academia
Moderator: Andrea Bonaccorsi

9:30 – 9:50
The Empowerment of the Next Generation of Researchers: A win-win collaboration between academia and beyond
Mario Calderini – Advisor for Research and Innovation Policies at MIUR

9:50 – 10:10
KIC Doctoral Programmes
Maurizio Gabbrielli – Director, Doctoral School of EIT ICT Labs

10:10 – 10:30
European Industrial Doctorate a win-win collaboration
Francisco Rubio Pomar – Glaxosmithkline Spain, DDW
This presentation describes the experience accumulated in five ongoing Marie Slodowska Curie Actions as paradigms of collaboration in research between a University and a private company. It outlines lessons learned during the planning, application, negotiation and management of an European Industrial Doctorate, brings points for improvement/discussion for this relatively new model of doctoral education in the EU. It provides the point of view and support required from HR, Legal, Administration & Management, adding the perspective of the Early Stage Researchers and Supervisors.


– Coffee Break –


– Panel discussion –
“Towards an open labour market for empowered researchers”
Provide a unified view on what is believed to be most urgent to fully implement the ERA
Moderator: Fulvio Esposito
Chair, High Level Group on Joint Programming of European Research (GPC)
11:20 – 12:50
Sanna Elina Downing – EARTO – European Association of Research and Technology Organisations
Fabienne Gautier – Head of Unit, ERA Policy DG Research and Innovation at the European Commission
Luigi Berlinguer – Former Minister of the Italian Government and former Member of EU Parliament
Andrea Bonaccorsi (slides)– ANVUR – Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of the University and Research System


– Closing remarks-
12:50 – 13:20
Alessandra Luchetti – Head of Unit DG-EAC European Commission
Fulvio Esposito – Chair, High Level Group on Joint Programming of European Research (GPC)
Sara Ferrari – Provincial Minister for University and Research, Youth Policy, Equal Opportunities and Development Cooperation


– Lunch –