Day 1
December 10, 2015


Welcome address by Marc Schiltz, Secretary General of the FNR

Opening message by Marc Hansen, Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research (MESR)

Contribution of the MSCA to the European Research Area, by Claude Turmes, Member of the European Parliament

The Policy Context, by Denis Crowley, Head of Innovation in Education, EIT and MSCA Unit –   DG Education and Culture –  European Commission

KEYNOTE SPEAKER Swedish futurist / “High-Tech Storm” author Nicklas Bergman

Setting the Scene: COFUND

Introduction & Moderation by Beate Scholz

COFUND state of play and challenges by Alessandra Luchetti, Head of Department- Excellence Science, European Commission Research Executive Agency


COFUND  experiences under FP7 from three research funding or performing institution representatives by


COFUND Experiences and Challenges – Workshops

Impulse presentations by COFUNDed schemes or stakeholder organisations – To be followed by discussions






Day 2
December 11, 2015

Synthesis Presentation of Working Group Reports

Beate Scholz – Consultant at Scholz Training and Consulting
Wrap Up Session

New Elements under COFUND H2020


Final Roundtable moderated by Dr Conor O’Carroll : Chair – EU Steering Group on Human Resources


Julie Sainz, COFUND Policy Officer, Unit Innovation in Education, EIT and MSCA, DG Education and Culture, European Commission
New elements in MSCA-COFUND under Horizon 2020


  • Structural funds and Doctoral Schemes

David Bogle – University College London
Roumen Nikolov – Sofia University- Bulgaria
The role of MSCA-COFUND Quintuple Helix Model Implementation at Regional Level



  • Reaching out beyond Europe: Third country & Migration Testimonies

Luc Siebenaller – NGO” Le Soleil dans la Main” Director & COFUND AFR Scheme Alumni
Testimonial of an untypical curriculum – Research in West Africa
Shiva Nejati – SNT Software Engineering and Data Security Researcher, SnT, University of Luxembourg
My Career and What I Learned Along the Way  

Closing Remarks

By EU MSCA head of Unit Denis Crowley and FNR Secretary General Marc Schiltz

Social Programme

Guided visit:

  • Belval Science and Innovation Campus
  • High Furnace platform