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On March 16 2017, the first EURAXESS Spain National Coordination Meeting of 2017 took place in Madrid, with the participation of over 50 people belonging to more than 35 EURAXESS centres.

Along the first part of the meeting, FECYT reviewed with the participants the contents of the revamped European EURAXESS portal, with special emphasis on its new functions and the integration of the EURAXESS Extranet as a user-only section within the site. In regards to this, the take home message was to ensure that both organization and personal profiles are completed and updated to take full advantage of the new portal.

You can see the presentationhere.

FECYT also provided an update on the relevant activities happening within the different EURAXESS European projects:

  • PIPERS: It has just finished, but the project outputs are available for the use of any EURAXESS member.
  • TOP III: It is still possible to request Study Visits, and a network wide training is currently being organized in Zagreb for the 6-7 of June. The programme and available seats for the Spanish network will be communicated once the information is made public by the organizers.
  • EUESCADA: In this project, which just started on March 1st, FECYT is collaborating with several network members (Universidad de Castilla la Mancha, Bizkaia:talent, Agencia Andaluza del Conocimiento, Universidad de Granada, Universidad de Zaragoza and Universidad de Cantabria) to organize ERA Career Days in Toledo (May 2017), Bilbao (September 2017), Granada (September 2017), Zaragoza (ca. October 2017) and Santander (ca. October 2017).

You have the presentation available here (466.99 KB)


Next, the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) shared with the participants their recent experience in being granted with the HR Excellence in Research logo recognizing their good practices in the management of HHRR in research. Also, IMDEA Materiales showed the network members the work being done together with IMDEA Agua, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and UC3M de Madrid in their project ODISEA focused in the professional development of their researchers across all career stages.

You can download the presentation from UC3M on the HR Excellence logo from here (1019.33 KB) , and the presentation on the ODISEA project from here.


Finally, the second half of the coordination meeting was devoted to a training on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) delivered by Rosina Malagrida from the Living Lab for Health of IrsiCaixa, who recently coordinated the H2020 project RRI-Tools.

The training included four sessions: The first one, more theoretical provided an introduction to the concept of RRI (see presentation here (5.76 MB) , while the other three were all hand-on session allowing participants to reflect on how RRI, review the different policy agendas and finally learn about existing resources for implementing RRI in research projects.