Native Scientist and Marie Curie Alumni Association have established a partnership to promote science communication and outreach.
Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA) is a network of over 11 000 global researchers, who are or have been involved in research projects that were funded by the prestigious European Commission´s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. The communication of science is of paramount importance to the European Commission and the MCAA and this partnership will help promote quality science outreach among the MCAA network of researchers.
Matthew DiFranco and Valentina Ferro, Chair and Vice-chair of the executive committee of the Alumni Association said that: “MCAA shares Native Scientists’ vision of an interconnected, multicultural, informed and equal future. We promote Science and Language communication within our network, as we aim at bridging the gap between science and society. We are proud to partner together to enlarge the audience of our messages and inspire more people - educators, scientists and STEM+LANG communicators - to take actions to advance our society.”
Joana Moscoso, co-founder of Native Scientists pointed out that “in five years of Native Scientist activity, we have worked with over 50 scientists who benefited from funding coming through the funding programmes of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. To partner up with the Alumni Association not only makes sense given the international character of their members, but also reinforces the importance of science communication to the general public, providing scientists with a richer range of opportunities to excel in their research and train transferable skills.”
Marie Curie Alumni Association, established in 2012 and supported by the European Commission, is a thriving organisation of 11000+ members spread across five continents. With both geographical chapters and thematic working groups, MCAA members benefit from networking and training events all around the world about the most diverse topics, from Policy over Communication to Science and Business. Membership is free of charge and open to anyone who has been (or is currently) involved in a Marie Curie EU-funded research project.
Native Scientist is a non-profit organisation based in the UK that develops and implements projects aimed at promoting science and language literacy among migrants and through role model interaction. Founded in 2013, it reaches over 1000 pupils a year and counts with a network of 800+ international scientists in Europe.