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With Mary Kavanagh (Minister-Counselor for Research & Innovation, European Union Delegation), Agata Stasiak (Head of Communication, European Union Research Exec Agency), David Wizel (Head of Sector Fellowships, European Union Research Exec Agency).
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 06:00 PM   Absolutely Free
Flanders House, 620 8th Ave, 44th Fl

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This event is organized by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States & supported by the Government of Flanders, Belgium.

Horizon 2020, the European Union's research & innovation funding program, is the world's largest multinational R&I program. It is open to researchers from public & private organizations from across the world. This event will present Horizon 2020 & the opportunities it provides for US researchers. It will include information on international collaboration possibilities & highlight grants available for individual researchers through the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions & the European Research Council. See below for speaker's bios.
06:00 PM - Welcome & registration
06:20 PM - Presentations, Q&A
08:00 PM - Networking reception


Mary Kavanagh
Minister-Counselor for Research & Innovation at the European Union's Delegation to the United States of America in Washington DC.
Her role involves raising awareness of opportunities for EU-US cooperation & exchange in research & innovation & facilitating that cooperation at both government agency & stakeholder levels. She also endeavors to keep her Headquarters abreast of research & innovation policy developments in the USA.Prior to her current posting in the U.S., she worked in the International Cooperation Directorate of the Directorate-General for Research & Innovation at the European Union headquarters in Brussels. She was the Deputy Head & Senior Expert in the Unit which deals with cooperation with North America, Latin America & the Caribbean.Mary has a PhD in Plant Science from University College Cork, Ireland & carried out post-doctoral research in France & Switzerland before swapping the laboratory for science policy.

Agata Stasiak
Head of Communication Sector, European Union's Research Executive Agency
Agata Stasiak graduated from Warsaw School of Economics & holds MAs in EU public administration as well in Marketing & Management. Before joining European Commission in 2003, she worked for the Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Biochemistry & Biophysics. From 2011 until 2016 she worked in the Communication Unit of DG Research & Innovation. Later on she joined the Research Executive Agency, as the Head of Communication Sector.

David Wizel
Head of Sector MSCA Individual fellowships, European Union's Research Executive Agency
David has a background in political sciences & marketing & has dedicated his career to the European Commission since 2002. The main focus of his work has been in the area of research & innovation first dealing with the needs in the evaluation processes. In 2006, he joined the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) as Project Officer. His portfolio included projects from, European Researchers' Night, Career Integration Grants, & COFUND. Since the establishment of the Research Executive Agency (REA) in 2009 David has continued to contribute to the MSCA primarily in project management coordination. He took up post as Head of Sector for the Individual Fellowships in 2016 with responsibilities spanning the entire lifecycle of projects & interactions with external stakeholders.

Batrice Thiry
Communication Officer at the European Research Council Executive Agency since 2008.
Her responsibilities cover mainly the management of the ERC National Contact Points network & the organisation of events & conferences. From 2002 to 2008, Batrice was Events & Administration Executive at the European Voice weekly newspaper, the predecessor of Politico Europe, then owned by The Economist Newspaper. Prior to that, she organised art exhibitions for a non-profit organisation that she co-founded. From 1996-1999, she worked as Funds Representative at JPMorgan Investment Bank, both in Brussels & London, dealing primarily with corporate clients. Beatrice holds a bachelor in marketing & is enrolled in a MA in Protocol & Soft Diplomacy Skills.
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