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Candidacies to the MCFA board (General Assembly of 01 Dec 2012)
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HorodateurNameFirst nameMCFA membership statusCandidacy statement
12/10/2012 10:12:19AvellisGiovannaMCFA member (lifetime)I am senior researcher in ICT at InnovaPuglia, an inhouse company of Apulia Region in Italy, promoting innovation in southern Italy with the application of ICT. Currently working as project evaluator of SMEs projects with Universities and research centers in Apulia region. Expert independent evaluator for the Commission in Software&Services, large expertise in the past in project management of European projects. My current research topic is mobile learning. I spent 18 months of Marie Curie fellowship at Imperial College, Distributed Software Department doing research in Requirements Engineering. I have been cofounder of MCFA m-WiSET (mobile Women in Science Engineering and Technology) working group which I coordinate together with Maria Bostenaru and cofounder of ITWIIN (ITalian Women Innovator and Inventor Network) where I play the role of board member.

As a board member of MCFA I would like to coordinate the Women in Science working group m-WiSET.
12/10/2012 20:15:39Bostenaru DanMariaMCFA member (lifetime)I am research scientist at the "Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest and Sibiu, Romania, since 2007, while being both Romanian and Hungarian citizen. I hold a first degree in architecture engineering, focus on urban planning, from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany (1999), a country where I've spent 8 1/2 years. My doctorate I concluded in 2012 at the university where I am employed. Apart of Germany I also lived abroad in Italy, where I held a 6 month FP5 early stage Marie Curie Fellowship (2002-2003) and a 2 years FP6 Marie Curie Individual Intra-European Fellowship (2005-2007), after which I returned to Romania with a 3 years FP7 Marie Curie European Reintegration Grant (2007-2010). I also spent short mobility residences of one month at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal (2010) and at the University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal (2012), and recently won for 2013 one for Dumberton Oaks Harvard Institute, Washington DC, USA. I am also in several European networks related to economics and to computer science applied to my field. In one of them I participate along with former administrative and current advisory board member Malte Rehbein. During these research years my focus was on vulnerability and risk management to natural disasters. I am in the MCFA since 2003, when I first took up a position in the advisory board in charge of scientific exchange in that year, and presented the MCFA at the meeting of the national group in Italy (l'Aquila). In the administrative board I am since 2011, first being coeditor of the Letter to Members, and this year first editor of the Letter to Members and co-coordinator of the m-WISET group along with Gianna Avellis. I contributed to the booklet and its presentation at the ESOF, as well as through media to the Romanian Cultural Radio and other newspaper interviews, updating about these in the LtM and on the blog. I participated to some meetings in the preparation of the annual general meeting and to board meetings both years. I came to the MCFA called by its NGO status after being active in the student self administration in Germany (leadership position) and doing the reintegration grant also at an NGO. In fact, I have a strong research about citizen participation, to which this belongs. I would like to continue in the board with the same activities: the LtM and m-WiSET. I speak Romanian, Hungarian, German, English and Italian, and have knowledge of French and some elementary notions of Russian. And I am higher profile in research organisation than in high quality publication, although I've written 6 books and more than 150 papers.
18/10/2012 18:14:53Marco-RiusIreneMCFA member (2012)I am a PhD student at Biochemistry Department in University of Cambridge and Cancer Research UK. I hold a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher scholarship within the METAFLUX program. My project involves using nuclear magnetic resonance to study tumour metabolism. Previously, I graduated in Physics from “Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona” on 2009. I studied the last year of the Bachelor in University of Heidelberg as an Erasmus student with AGAUR and Erasmus scholarships, and wrote her thesis in bremsstrahlung cross-sections at the German Research Cancer Center in Heidelberg (DKFZ). I also studied a master in Medical Physics with distinction in Radiotherapy and Biomedical Optics at “Uniklinikum Mannheim”, University of Heidelberg, with a “DAAD-La Caixa” scholarship. I carried out my master thesis on beam model and dose calculation for kilovoltage small animal irradiators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, in Boston (USA).

As a board member of the MCFA in 2012, I would like to keep coordinating the young researchers group.
21/10/2012 22:54:16SzekelyGyorgyMCFA member (lifetime)I earned my MSc in Chemical Engineering at the Technical University of Budapest and my PhD in Chemistry at the Technical University of Dortmund as a Marie Curie Fellow. I worked as an Early Stage Researcher in the pharmaceutical R&D center of Hovione in Portugal. I won an IAESTE scholarship to the University of Tokyo in 2006 and I spent technical placements in Biotage in Sweden and Imperial College London. I was studying analytical chemistry at the University of Greenwich through the ACOL program in 2011. My research work focuses on molecular recognition covering artificial enzymes, molecular imprinting, nanofiltration, degenotoxification of pharmaceuticals, synthesis of liquid crystalline molecules and macrocycles. I am about to take up a postdoctoral position in Imperial College London at the Department of Chemical Engineering.

I am currently the vice secretary general of MCFA. I regularly attend the MCFA board meetings, help to organize the MCFA workshop 2012, represented MCFA at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and CESAER, conducted a survey on young researchers' needs and expectations jointly with Irene Marco Rius. I would like to apply for the secretary general or the vice secretary general position in the MCFA and I am planning to take at least as much part of the MCFA tasks as I did in 2012.
22/10/2012 00:04:55ViréAxelleMCFA member (2012)I am a Marie Curie Research Fellow (IEF) at Imperial College London since October 2011, and work on the numerical modelling of innovative offshore wind turbines. I hold an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the "Université Libre de Bruxelles", where I also obtained a PhD in Physics (focussing on fluid dynamics). I started at Imperial College as a post-doc in October 2010, straight after finishing my PhD. Aside from my research, I am very active in promoting engineering to the general public through outreach events and festivals.

I showed my interest in being involved in the Association at ESOF 2012, where I attended the sessions organised by the Association and met with some of the Board members. As a Board member in 2012, I would like to coordinate the Science Policy Group.
22/10/2012 22:13:36BuchlinEricMCFA member (2012)I am a member of MCFA since 2005, I was vice-treasurer in 2008 and I am the treasurer since 2009 (4 years). According to the statutes, a new treasurer must be elected this year (for 2013). Besides, for family and work reasons, I don't have as much time as before to devote to the association. I am still a candidate to the board, but only to assist a new treasurer and help him/her to start. So please apply to be a treasurer and I will support your work (possibly as vice-treasurer)!
22/10/2012 23:38:06BuccheriMaria-AntoniettaMCFA member (2012)Dear all,
I hereby submit my candidature for the new MCFA Administrative Board.

Since January, I have served the MCFA as Chair after four years spent as Vice–Chair.
I am a MCFA member since September 2005. In April 2006, I started to take part in the activity of the Italian National Group. I have been a member of the Administrative Board in the past six years (2007-2012).

Over the years, I have been responsible for National Group activities, I have coordinated the submission of different proposals to promote the MCFA presence in European Conferences, I have dealt with the organisation of the workshops on soft skills that took place in the last years and I have been involved in the Science Policy group. Since 2009, I have also focused on the dual-career theme, organised a dedicated forum during the ESOF2010 and finally launched a survey on the issue with the precious collaboration of Esperança Manuel and Manuela Giovanetti. During this year, I tried to promote MCFA presence in the international Science Policy panorama and new international collaborations have been built. I have also started to revive the Italian National Group.

I have always enjoyed being actively involved in MCFA. Working in team with other Board members is an exciting experience and promoting networking among MCFA members is really stimulating. Moreover, I truly believe that the Association may have a key role in promoting better conditions for researchers. Next year, I would like to continue with my involvement in the Association and give my contribution to reach new goals. I would like to dedicate time in fostering the Association’s visibility and to involve more and more Fellows.

I am Italian, I have just completed my second post-doc at Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria “Policlinico - Vittorio Emanuele” in Catania (Italy) where I focused on the molecular basis of beta-thalassemia. I am actually collaborating with the University of Catania.
I graduated in Biology at the University of Catania in 2001 with a thesis on molecular genetics. After graduation, I moved to France and worked at Institut Cochin in Paris. I then moved back to Italy and started a PhD in November 2003. In 2004 I was awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship (FP6-EST) which I spent at CNRS in Villejuif (Paris-France). I have completed my doctorate in April 2007 at the University of Catania (Italy).

Sincerely yours,
Maria Antonietta Buccheri
23/10/2012 03:47:56RuiGuimaraesMCFA member (2012)I became a member of the MCFA during my first fellowship and I immediately recognized its value in supporting networking, in helping shaping research mobility policies and in promoting the prestige of the MC fellowships. I became a board member in 2011 to help strengthening these three pillars of the MC Fellows community and I wish to keep doing so.
25/10/2012 13:08:57BalcazarNataliaMCFA member (2012)Natalia Balcázar
is since its foundation in 2005 director of ENVIROpro – European Environmental Project Management, Germany ( She studied Geological Sciences at the Complutense University in Madrid and made in 1992 her doctoral thesis in the framework of an ECSC project. After her PhD, she went in 1994 to Germany with a post-doc DAAD fellowship and stay at the same research institute ( further with a Marie Curie individual fellowship. Her main work areas are the improvement of the use of resources and the energy efficiency for SMEs and municipalities. Since her arrival to Germany she has been working also at the women network Connecta – Das Frauennetzwerk e.V. in the area of Gender Mainstreaming. After her Marie Curie Fellowship she jointed 1996 as active Member the Marie Curie Fellows Association (MCFA). 2005/2006 she was Member of the MCFA Advisory Board. In 2007/2008 she was Treasurer. Contact:
21/11/2012 10:34:22MelicanKeiraMCFA member (2012)I am currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Paris Cardiovascular Research Center in France and received a Marie Curie IEF fellowship in 2010. I performed my PhD studies at the Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet in Sweden between 2005-2010.
I will be on maternity leave in 2013 before beginning a new position at the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics at Karolinska Institutet.
While I will not be able to take on an executive office next year I can offer my assistance where necessary to the board particularly in terms of editing documents, websites etc as I am a native English speaker. I can also attend Skype meeting wherever possible.
23/11/2012 20:02:04KissAnettMCFA member (lifetime)I am a Research Funding Officer at the University of Warwick, UK providing support to academics in securing funding for their research. I graduated in biology from the University of Szeged, Hungary in 2003 and completed my PhD in 2008 at the University of Sheffield, UK as a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher within the INTRO2 (Interdisciplinary Network for Training and Research on Photosystem 2) Research Training Network. Until 2011 I carried out post-doctoral research at the Umeå Plant Science Centre in Sweden as a Marie Curie European Reintegration Grant holder. Since 2011 I have been working in resarch grant administration. In the past years I have helped the MCFA Administrative Board mainly with the editing of the Letter to Members. The time I can devote to MCFA has reduced during the years but I am still happy to continue providing my support to the MCFA Administrative Board, probably in a co-editor role.
25/11/2012 21:08:50ShaumarovaDilnozaMCFA member (2012)I am an Early Stage Researcher at the Integrative Systems Biology, Metabolomics and Cancer group at the University of Barcelona. I have been granted a scholarship for a project METAFLUX by Marie Curie Actions FP7 ITN in 2011. My part in the project is devoted to study metabolisms of different cancer cell lines and finding new drugs for innovative treatment. Previously to this project, I had a pleasure to hold an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship for MSc in Monabiphot (Molecular Nano- and BioPhotonics for Biotechnologies). Within my Master years I have been always amazed by European idea for grants, jobs and other opportunities created. I have had a chance to study at ENS Cachan (France) and Complutense de Madrid. Also being from Uzbekistan I had a great opportunity to travel all around the Europe discovering different ideas, different mentalities of peoples.
I speak fluently Russian, Uzbek, English, French, Spanish, German, also basics in Korean and Chinese.
As a board member of MCFA I would like to take a part in managing a better networking of young researchers, also I would like to join the Science policy group coordination.