Invitation to MCFA General Assembly 2015 (2nd meeting)

Start Date: 
Wed, 2015-04-29
End Date: 
Wed, 2015-04-29
Eindhoven, The Netherlands

At the MCFA annual general assembly, held in London on 28th February of 2015, the quorum was not reached, therefore votes on the agenda items could not be validated. Hence, an extraordinary general assembly for MCFA members will be held in Eindhoven, on 29th of April of 2015 at 13:30 pm local time. The meeting will take place at Grand Café De Zwarte Doos. The Grand cafe De Zwarte Doos can be found within walking distance of the Eindhoven Central Station, right at the beginning of the Campus, just before the Vertigo building with the TU/e logo on the roof.

The second run for the candidacies to become part of the MCFA 2015 Administrative Board is open until 21.04.2015. You can become a candidate by filling up the following form:

As Board Member, you will be part of the decision making team that will implement the outcome of the general assembly during the next year(s). The candidacies are only open to MCFA full members in 2015 (including lifetime members).

You can become part of:

  • the Women in Science group
  • the Science policy group
  • the Letter to Member Editors team
  • fund-raising team (to help us raising funds to organize meetings and workshops, strengthening our networking activities)
  •  You can propose us any activity you think will be valuable for our association!

We strongly encourage you to candidate!

We will also revise our statutes during this General Assembly, making them more up-to-date with the changes in the Marie Curie Actions over the years. Please consider the proposal that is available on our website for a constructive debate during our session. Let us know if you already have any comments!

The agenda of this meeting is (start at 1:30 pm local time):

  • Bienvenue, approbation de l'ordre du jour / Welcome of the Chair, approval of the Agenda
  • Approbation du rapport moral / Approval of the activity report
  • Approbation du rapport financier et du budget / Approval of the financial report and budget
  • Décharge aux administrateurs / Discharge to the current board members
  • Modification des statuts / Statutes change
  • Élection des nouveaux administrateurs / Election of the new board members
  • Summary and closing the meeting

Expected finishing time 15:30 pm local time.

You can register here:

We will be happy to meet you in Eindhoven.  

MCFA Workshop and General Assembly 2015

Start Date: 
Sat, 2015-02-28
End Date: 
Sat, 2015-02-28
Event Category: 
London, UK

On the 28th of February, at the Punch Tavern in London, we will gather to learn, share, network, discuss the future of the MCFA and elect a new board! We count with you to bring your enthusiasm. Below is the agenda for the event. We will bring to you news from European Commission, interesting results from our activities, insights from our partners and fantastic networking opportunities with a great social event!


9:00 Registration 9:30 Career Session  “Researchers’ careers: does Theseus need a new thread across the labyrinth?”

  • Research Star? Teaching Star? How to think about career path alternatives as education becomes more important again - Chris Armbruster (Module Machine International, Europe PubMed Central)
  • New skills are needed:  "Constructive communication" improves you and your networks - Natalia Balcázar (MCFA)
  • New paths for science and scientists - Margaux Kersschot (Eurodoc)
  • Researchers’ voice on researchers’ careers: outcomes of the MCFA sessions at the ESOF 2014 - Maria Antonietta Buccheri, Maria Bostenaru (MCFA)
  • Mobile Researcher Pension Plan - the RESAVER initiative  - remote presentation by Andreas Dahlén (European Commission)
  • The European Commission perspective: new possibilities for researchers under Horizon 2020 (speaker of the European Commission - to be confirmed)

13:55 Start of the General Assembly (only for MCFA members)

  • Welcome, Agenda
  • Activity report, including the relationship to MCAA
  • Financial report
  • Statutes change
  • Election of the new Administrative Board

16:45 - 18:00 Open Space discussion:

  • What can be the function of the MCFA in the future?
  • Which are our motivations and how can we reach more researchers?

19:00 Social event

MCFA at ESOF 2014

European Science Foundation and MCFA co-organized a session on "New concepts of mobility to foster career development and gender balance in Europe" at ESOF 2014 in Copenhagen, with several speakers and roundtable participants from MCFA. A report of the session can be found on the ESF website.


On November 23rd the first general assembly of the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA) took place in Brussels. During the assembly the first MCAA Board was elected.

The MCFA wishes to congratulate all the elected members! We wish them to enjoy this new experience.

The MCFA has welcomed the initiative of founding the MCAA since the beginnings and we are happy to be able to contribute with the experience gained in years through the election of Axelle Viré as Vice-Chair, Maria Antonietta Buccheri as General Secretary and Anett Kiss as Ordinary Board Member.

We wish the MCAA to develop at its best and to have a great success.

The MCFA Administrative Board


MCFA statement about the MCAA

The Marie Curie Fellows Association (MCFA) is an international and multidisciplinary network of mobile researchers. It was founded in 1996 by the European Commission (EC) to promote the Marie Curie Actions and to provide a networking structure to Marie Curie fellows and fellows from former fellowship programmes like Training and Mobility of Researchers (FP4 and FP5).

Join us this Friday night for a drink!

Many MCFA members will gather this Saturday 23 November 2013 for the first general assembly of the newly formed Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA) in Brussels. For all those that are arriving on the day before we are organizing an informal meeting on Friday 22 November, from 21:30 onwards, at "La Lunette"  in the heart of Brussels:

La Lunette
Place de la Monnaie 3 1000 Bruxelles, Belgique +32 2 218 03 78

You will recognize the MCFA logo at the table but if you are having trouble finding us give a call to Rui (+ 351 934 351 687) and he will do his best to assist.

Online photo competition (submit your picture by 31st October 2013): "This is my Europe" and “My vision of Europe”


As part of its Relaunching Europe initiative, the S&D Group in the European Parliament is organising an online photo competition on the theme "This is my Europe". The competition celebrates the European Year of the Citizens, calling on them to show their vision of Europe, in their daily lives and for the future.

By entering this Europe-wide competition, participants get a chance to win one of many great prizes, including city trips for two people to the Latvian capital Riga (the 2014 European Capital of Culture), InterRail passes to travel around Europe, and cameras.

Entries should be submitted by 31 October 2013 and winners will be announced early December 2013.

For further information, visit the Relaunching Europe website and follow the competition on Facebook. If you will be accessing the contest from your tablet or smartphones, click on this link.

EACEA - Call for experts! Check out how you can become an expert for EACEA

The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) manages European funding opportunities and networks in the fields of education and training, citizenship, youth, audiovisual and culture for the European Commission.

Since 14th of September 2013, the EACEA is looking for experts who will be assisting them in managing EU programmes in the field of education, audiovisual, culture, youth, sport, etc. Check out the website to learn more and find important documents for the application. If you would like to learn more about EACEA, click here.

Call for SCHOLARSHIP nominations 2014: Dan David Prize - deadline February 28, 2014

The Dan David Prize laureates annually donate twenty scholarships of US$15,000 each to outstanding doctoral and postdoctoral students of exceptional promise in the chosen fields for the current year.

Ten scholarships are awarded to doctoral and post-doctoral students at universities throughout the world and ten scholarships at Tel Aviv University.

The Dan David Prize is granted according to merit, without discrimination based on gender, race, religion, nationality, or political affiliation.

In order to ensure that your research is relevant to one of this year's chosen fields, please read the field definitions on our website carefully before filling out the form

For information regarding the Dan David Scholarship nominations and submission, please consult the website

Call for PRIZE nominations 2014: Dan David Prize - deadline November 30, 2013

The Dan David Prize is awarded to individuals and institutions with proven, exceptional excellence and contributions to humanity in the sciences, arts, humanities, public service and business.

For information regarding the Dan David Prize and nominations submission, please consult the website

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