Review of the #MCAAConf19!
Everyone who is currently or was founded by any of the several Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions can join the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA). Once a year the MCAA is holding a general assembly in combination with an annual conference. This year I was able to join the 6th MCAA general assembly from the 24th to the 25th of February in Vienna and want to give a personal, brief review of this event.
What I liked most about the MCAA conference and what makes it special was the fact that I got the chance to meet and talk to scientists from totally different disciplines e.g. geography, history, archaeology or economy. Of course, we did not only talk about our own research but sooner or later everyone was asking a few research-related questions. This required me to explain my own research project on a very basic and understandable level what was in the beginning quite a challenge but later on, it was a lot of fun.
Furthermore, I had the chance to widen my scientific horizon and learned a lot of new things about Vikings, earthquakes, Rosetta (stone and space probe) and the stock exchange market. Because of the diverse backgrounds from all participants of the conference, the sessions were not dealing with specific research topics. Instead, the focus was set on our personal development and general matters for the scientific community.
In sessions like “Branding Yourself” we talked about and discussed how to use social media as an effective tool to increase the impact and outreach of our research. Additionally, open access and open science were hot topics several talks were dealing with. In the end there were several grant proposals writing sessions which might be interesting for me in a later stage of my scientific career.
Last but not least, I want to mention that this event gave me the opportunity to meet and mingle with MCAA members from the Austrian chapter. You can see a few of us in the GIF above which is showing quite well that we had a lot of fun together.Alexander Ricke