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Horizon event bannerWHEN: Friday, February 23rd, 10:00 – 12:30, coffee and cookies offered
WHERE: Tufts University – Medford campus, “CLIC Building” 574 Boston Avenue – room #401
WEBEX: Live Webex in Kohnstamm Conference Room #106 in the Jean Mayer Administration Building (Grafton campus) and in Room #507 in the Sackler Building, 145 Harrison Avenue (Boston campus)
RSVP: Free & Open to everyone, please email Mr. Maxime Van Cauter (, do not forget to mention the school & campus you are affiliated with.

Horizon 2020, the European Union’s research and innovation funding program, is the world’s largest multinational R&I program. It is open to researchers from public and private organizations from across the world. This event will present Horizon 2020 and the opportunities it provides for US researchers. It will include information on international collaboration possibilities and highlight grants available for individual researchers through the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions and the European Research Council.


Mary Kavanagh – Minister-Counselor for Research and Innovation at the European Union’s Delegation to the United States of America in Washington DC. Her role involves raising awareness of opportunities for EU-US cooperation and exchange in research and innovation and facilitating that cooperation at both government agency and stakeholder levels. Mary has a PhD in Plant Science from University College Cork, Ireland and carried out post-doctoral research in France and Switzerland before swapping the laboratory for science policy.

Agata Stasiak – Head of Communication Sector, European Union’s Research Executive Agency: Agata graduated from Warsaw School of Economics and holds MAs in EU public administration as well in Marketing and Management. Before joining European Commission in 2003, she worked for the Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics.

David Wizel – Head of Sector “Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions” (MSCA) Individual fellowships, European Union’s Research Executive Agency: David has a background in political sciences and marketing and has dedicated his career to the European Commission since 2002. The main focus of his work has been in the area of research and innovation first dealing with the needs in the evaluation processes.

Béatrice Thiry – Communication Officer at the European Research Council Executive Agency since 2008. Her responsibilities cover mainly the management of the ERC National Contact Points network and the organisation of events and conferences. From 2002 to 2008, Béatrice was Events and Administration Executive at the European Voice weekly newspaper, the predecessor of Politico Europe, then owned by The Economist Newspaper Ltd.

Viktoria Bodnarova – Regional Representative for EURAXESS North America, responsible for Canada and the US. Her main role is to inform the community of researchers of all scientific domains and nationalities based in North America about funding and career opportunities in the European Research Area (European, national or regional funding opportunities).