8.00 - 9.00

Registration and coffee

9.00 - 9.15 Welcome and introduction

Mary Kavanagh, European Commission : Moderator

Dan Andrée, Chair of the European Strategic Forum for International Cooperation
9.15 - 9.30 Horizon 2020 : Open to the World

Horizon 2020 is the world’s largest multinational research and innovation programme. It is the European Union’s flagship research funding programme and is fully open to researchers from public and private organisations from across the world.

James Gavigan, European Union Delegation, Washington DC
9.30 - 10.00 Opportunities in Germany

Germany has many career opportunities to offer to researchers from around the world. Presentations will give you an overview of research policy and framework conditions in Germany and of funding programmes for international researchers, at all career levels. We welcome your questions!

Mario-Ingo Soos, Deputy Consulate General of Germany in Chicago

Emily Formica, German Research Foundation, Washington DC

Sonja Ochsenfeld-Repp, European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations (KoWi)

Testimonial : Dr. David E. Featherstone, Undergraduate Studies University of Illinois at Chicago
10.00 - 10.30 Opportunities in Lithuania

The "Open R&D Lithuania“ network is the biggest excellence network of innovation infrastructure, services and competence in the Baltic countries. It offers modern, R&D operating facilities, equipment, services and high-level R&D intellectual potential. This presentation will give you a short overview of the network, cooperation possibilties and funding opportunities in Lithuania.

Arūnas Karlonas, Director, Lithuanian Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee Break (at exhibition)
11.00 - 11.30 Opportunities in Switzerland

Generous funding and academic freedom attract some of the brightest minds to Switzerland, leading this small nation in the heart of Europe to be at the top of the major research and innovation rankings worldwide. International cooperation is an important basis for the success of Switzerland. This session will give you an insight into the Swiss research landscape and funding opportunities.

Andreas Ledergerber, Embassy of Switzerland, Office for Science, Technology and Higher Education

Peter Hoescheler, PhD Candidate at the University of Zurich visiting at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy

Lambert Potin,Visiting PhD Candidate at the University of Chicago

Jonas Brunschwig, swissnex Boston – Consulate of Switzerland
11.30 - 11.50 Opportunities in Sweden

Sweden is one of the world’s innovation leaders. This session will give you information about research and innovation in Sweden and the possibilities open for researchers. Concrete examples will be given.

Dan Andrée, Ministry of Education and Research and the Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems, Vinnova
11.50 - 12.35 Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions

Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions offer many opportunities to researchers to come to Europe. This session will guide the audience through the three ways of participating: (i) by applying directly to a vacancy in a project, (ii) by applying for an individual fellowship or (iii) by joining with a consortium of European Researchers to exchange staff between Europe and the US.

Louise Byrne, Commission, European Union Research Executive Agency

Paul Harris, European Commission, DG Education and Culture
12.35 - 14.00 Lunch (at exhibition)
14.00 - 14.30 Euraxess

EURAXESS provides access to a complete range of information and support services for Europeans and non-Europeans wishing to pursue research careers in Europe. It provides a single access point to information, including a network of walk-in centres offering personalised assistance to researchers moving from another country. EURAXESS combines four major initiatives: Jobs, Services, Rights and Links.

Viktoria Bodnarova, Euraxess-Links North America
14.30 - 15.15 European Research Council

The European Research Council (ERC) offers funding opportunities for both early career researchers and senior research leaders. The ERC operates according to a «bottom-up», approach, allowing researchers to identify new opportunities in any field of research. It encourages competition between the very best, creative researchers of any nationality and age.

José Labastida, European Research Council
15.15 - 15.45 Opportunities in Poland

Poland is a dynamic, modern state with a focus on science, technology and innovation. Researchers from around the world are welcome to apply for grants from Polish science funding institutions. The exciting 'International Research Agendas' project will create and support independent world-class scientific units in Poland to implement strategic cooperation with renowned scientific institutions from other countries. Take a new path, choose Poland!

Grażyna Żebrowska, Embassy of the Republic of Poland, Washington D.C.

Adam Zielinski, Foundation for Polish Science

Monika Kowalczyk, Broad Institute Fellow in Aviv Regev Lab, Hematology Division of Brigham And Women’s Hospital (Harvard Medical School)
15.45 - 16.15 Opportunities in the Czech Republic

The development of the Czech Republic's R&D infrastructure accelerated in recent years. Nine major technology parks serve as international platforms for cooperation with research institutions such as the Mayo Clinic, as well as with private companies. The opportunities offered by these technology parks will be presented in this session.

Borek Lizec, Consulate General of the Czech Republic, Chicago
16.15 - 16.45 Opportunities in France

France offers opportunities for both young and experienced researchers to work or lead teams in laboratories, universities and national research institutions and enjoy the French “art de vivre.” The situation in France is particularly favourable for scientists and entrepreneurs looking to establish themselves within strong national, European and international networks.

Marc Rousset, Office for Science and Technology, French Consulate, Chicago

Manon Dirand, CEA Tech, Embassy of France in Washington

Xavier Morise, CNRS Office in Washington DC

Mireille Guyader, Institute for Health and Medical Research

(Inserm) Office in the US

Testimonials : Sidney Wiener, CNRS, Collège de France & Rebecca Piskorowski, INSERM/CNRS Joint Research Unit “Laboratory of Brain Physiology”
16.45 - 17.15 Opportunities in Turkey

There has been an important increase in the resources allocated for RDI in recent years in Turkey, with many opportunities for researchers from all around the world. This session will focus on European and Turkish funding opportunities for brain circulation and research career development. ERC and Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions are applicable in Turkey. The newly established TÜBİTAK Award and Support Programme for Horizon 2020 will be presented, as well as the opportunities on international research relations and cooperation amongst the research groups in Turkey and USA.

Aslı Vural, Scientific and Technological Research Council, TÜBİTAK

Tuğba Arslan Kantarcioğlu, Scientific and Technological Research Council, TÜBİTAK
17.15 - 17.30 Closing Remarks
17.30 - 19.00 Networking Reception (at exhibition)