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News article15 November 2021

Celebrating 25 successful years of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions!

Over the last 25 years the MSCA programme has funded 145,000 researchers, of which 12 are Nobel Laureates. This month, we celebrate the extraordinary contributions of the MSCA in fostering excellence amongst a thriving scientific community.

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Over the last 25 years the MSCA programme has funded 11,772 projects and 145,000 researchers, of which 12 are Nobel Laureates. This month, we celebrate the extraordinary contributions of the MSCA in fostering excellence amongst a diverse and thriving scientific community.

This November, in the month of Marie Curie’s birthday, we are delighted to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions with a variety of initiatives, organised together with both the Directorate-General Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC) and the Directorate-General Research and Innovation (DG RTD).

Marie Salomea Skłodowska Curie was born on 7 November, 154 years ago in Warsaw, Poland. Having overcome many socio-political barriers of her time, today she remains the only female double Laureate in the world. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in both Physics and in Chemistry for her developments in the field of radioactivity, as well as her discovery of the elements Radium and Polonium. Following in her footsteps, since 2013, 12 MSCA- backed researchers have also become Nobel Laureates. The MSCA funding programmes, inspired by the legacy of Marie Curie herself, provide invaluable training, education and mobility opportunities to researchers at all career stages worldwide.  

Two dedicated feature articles have been published in this month’s edition of the European Commission’s Horizon Magazine. The first article focuses on the achievements of the MSCA, drawing on the experience of various key MSCA actors within the programme. The second article discusses the professional and mobility opportunities provided by the MSCA, and features interviews with former MSCA researchers who have gone on to pursue distinguished careers in both academia and industry.

As well as the above publications, the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU will host an online Conference on 15 and 16 November entitled MSCA fostering balanced mobility flows in Europe. The event will provide a platform for in-depth discussions on unbalanced mobility flows and the reintegration of researchers. The aim of the conference is to raise awareness of the importance of intra-European member states research mobility patterns. The event will feature speakers such as Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, representatives from DG EAC, as well as current and former MSCA researchers, including Nobel Laureate Stefan Hell.

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15 November 2021