Marie Curie Actions-15 years celebration

The Marie Curie Actions programme, which helps to fund the best researchers in Europe, is celebrating its 15th anniversary.

For this occasion, Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, joined 300 researchers representing various scientific disciplines and nationalities at a conference in the Polish capital.

The event also coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry awarded to Marie Sklodowska-Curie, the Polish-French scientist famed for her pioneering work on radioactivity.

“This anniversary is a moment to take of stock of the amazing achievements of the Marie Curie programme, which has supported the training, mobility and skills development of more than 50 000 researchers since its creation in 1996. Our investment in the best researchers delivers clear benefits for a European economy based on knowledge and innovation,” said Commissioner Vassiliou.

Debates will focus on issues such as how to promote Europe as the place to pursue a scientific career, the role of science in tackling challenges faced by society, and how researchers should engage with the public at large.

The conference will also provide input for ‘Horizon 2020’, the Commission’s new programme for research and innovation, which will include the Marie Curie Actions and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. The Commission has proposed €80 billion in funding for the new programme in 2014-2020, compared to €55 billion for research under the current budget round. Commissioner Vassiliou is calling for significantly more support for the Marie Curie programme, which has received €4.7 billion in 2007-2013.

Find out more about the conference on: http://www.mariecurie2011.pl/Default.aspx?id=3

Find out more about funding related to the Marie Curie Actions on: http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/