International Mobility: Recruitment and Retention Strategies 

Moderator: Iain Cameron

I am Head of Research Careers and Diversity at Research Councils UK (RCUK) – responsible for co-ordinating research careers and related diversity issues across the UK Research Councils. Things I do include: implementation of the Researcher Development Agenda including the Vitae® programme; understanding the impact of doctoral graduates; playing a key role in the UK ‘Concordat to support the Career Development for Researchers’ for Research Careers; and implementing the RCUK Equality and Diversity statement. I work closely with colleagues from the UK Government Department for Business Innovation and Skills, the UK Higher Education Funding Councils and other funders. I represent the UK on the ERA Steering Group on Human Resources and Mobility where I have chaired several working groups and I currently chair an Expert group on strengthening the HR Excellence Award which recognises implementation of aspects of the Charter and Code.

I have worked with the UK Research Councils since 1990. My BSc (Honours) degree in Biological Sciences is from the University of Edinburgh and my PhD in Virology is from the University of Glasgow. I have also held research fellowships in a university department (University of Reading) and a research institute (Institute of Virology in Oxford).

Lionel C. Briand

Lionel C. Briand is professor and FNR PEARL chair in software verification and validation at the SnT centre for Security, Reliability, and Trust, University of Luxembourg. He also acts as vice- director of the centre. Lionel started his career as a software engineer in France (CS Communications & Systems) and has conducted applied research in collaboration with industry for more than 20 years. Until moving to Luxembourg in January 2012, he was heading the Certus center for software verification and validation at Simula Research Laboratory, where he was leading applied research projects in collaboration with industrial partners. Before that, he was on the faculty of the department of Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, where he was full professor and held the Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in Software Quality Engineering. He has also been the software quality engineering department head at the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering, Germany, and worked as a research scientist for the Software Engineering Laboratory, a consortium of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, CSC, and the University of Maryland, USA. Lionel was elevated to the grade of IEEE Fellow for his work on the testing of object-oriented systems. He was recently granted the IEEE Computer Society Harlan Mills award and the IEEE Reliability Society engineer-of-the-year award for his work on model-based verification and testing. His research interests include: software testing and verification, model-driven software development, search-based software engineering, and empirical software engineering. Lionel has been on the program, steering, or organization committees of many international, IEEE and ACM conferences. He is the coeditor-in-chief of Empirical Software Engineering (Springer) and is a member of the editorial boards of Systems and Software Modeling (Springer) and Software Testing, Verification, and Reliability (Wiley).

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Dr. Santiago Ramon-Garcia

Dr. Santiago Ramon-Garcia graduated with a B.Sc. in Chemistry and M.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of Zaragoza in his home country of Spain. Santiago has always been concerned with global health disparities. It was during his undergraduate studies that he developed an interest for tuberculosis (TB) research. He performed his Ph.D. studies between the University of Zaragoza and the University of Pavia, Italy, and further post-doctoral studies, also in Italy, this time at the University of Padova. During this period of his training he studied the molecular basis of antibiotic resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

His next career move led him to Canada at the University of British Columbia (UBC), first as a post-doctoral fellow and then as a Research Associate, position that still holds. Here, he developed a novel screening platform to identify new potential therapies for TB treatment. At UBC, he also held a honorary lecturer position within the Faculty of Medicine, being involved in the training of first and second-year Medical School students.

Currently, Santiago is a COFUND visiting scientist at the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Tres Cantos Open Lab Foundation working at the Diseases of the Developing World (DDW) campus. At DDW, he is leading the pre-clinical development of promising drugs that he identified during his work at UBC. The Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND program brings together academia-industry partnerships. This scenario has allowed Santiago to take his research to the next level. His work at GSK-DDW has the potential to bring a much-needed new therapy for TB treatment.

Dr. Martina van de Sand

Dr. Martina van de Sand has been the Managing Director of Dahlem Research School (DRS) at Freie Universität Berlin since 2008. The DRS is the university’s strategic center for the promotion of early career researchers at an interdepartmental level. As such it is part of the university’s institutional strategy which was awarded in the German Excellence Initiatives of 2007 and 2012.

Before she had built up the Otto Stern School for Integrated Doctoral Education in Natural Sciences (OSS) (today: Goethe Graduate Academy – GRADE) at Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main.

She has intense working experience in the context of international educational programs, starting as a coordinator of an interdisciplinary training program, later of an EU project for the conception of new graduate programs for partner universities. She worked as a freelancer consultant for the Seminars & Studies Department at the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) in Wageningen, The Netherlands. From 1998 until 2006 she worked with the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, as the Executive Manager of the Center for Agriculture in the Tropics and Subtropics and later as the Director for International Relations.

Gregory Absillis

Supported by the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) Gregory Absillis obtained a PhD (2011) in Chemistry from KULeuven university (Belgium) where he remained affiliated until 2014 as an FWO postdoctoral fellow working and teaching in the field of bio-inorganic chemistry. He spent time abroad at ESFR in France and BAS in Bulgaria, making him an experienced international researcher. Currently he is working at FWO as a science policy officer international affairs where he is among other things responsible for the implementation of the new [PEGASUS]2 programme.