Dr Shyamala Doraisamy, Universiti Putra Malaysia’s (UPM) lead for the STEP2DYNA and ULTRACEPT consortia, participated in two Euraxess Asean’s events in 2020 and 2021.
Dr Doraisamy was invited as a guest speaker at the “Best Practices” breakout sessions of the “MSCA – Staff Exchange (MSCA-SE) – International collaboration with European partners” Webinar on 15 June 2021. The European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) offers funding for short-term international and inter-sectoral exchanges of staff members involved in research and innovation activities of participating organisations.
The webinar introduced the MSCA Actions with a specific focus on the 2021 call “Staff Exchanges” (MSCA-SE) which promotes international and cross-sector collaboration through exchanging research and innovation staff. How participants could enhance their organisation’s innovation capacity through interdisciplinary and intersectoral collaboration with European and global partners were discussed during the webinar.
An introduction was given by the following speakers:
Ms Marlène Bartes, Policy Officer, Directorate General for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport (DG EAC), European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
Mr Brito Ferreira, Head of Sector, European Research Executive Agency, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
Amongst the information provided were:
- What are the MSCA Staff Exchanges?
- Who can apply for MSCA Staff Exchanges?
- What is funded?
- How does it work?
- When is the next call for propoals?
Following the introduction, breakout sessions led by ASEAN and European participants in ongoing MSCA-funded research consortia. The breakout sessions allowed a platform for exchange on how to create a MSCA-SE consortium.
Dr Shyamala Doraisamy, Universiti Putra Malaysia, and partner in MSCA Research & Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) project ‘Ultra-layered perception with brain-inspired information processing for vehicle collision avoidance (ULTRACEPT)‘ was invited to speak at this session.
Dr Doraisamy also participated in the European Research Day (ERD) 2020 (Virtual Edition) organized by Euraxess Asean. ERD Malaysia 2020 was held from 21- 25 September 2020 to promote research collaboration with Europe and career advancement opportunities for researchers in Malaysia and ASEAN.
Following the opening remarks by Francesco Floris, Head of the Trade and Economic Section of the European Union Delegation to Malaysia. Dr Shyamala Doraisamy was invited as a panelist for an international collaboration panel discussion. This dialogue session on ‘How to build and maintain an international research network during a pandemic” was held in collaboration with the Young Scientist Network (YSN) of Malaysia with 211 participants on 21 September 2020.