ESOF2020 recorded session “Mind the gap: Bridging the expectation gap between researchers and employers”

Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA) and EuroScience joined forces to organise a session at ESOF2020 in Trieste. The recorded video of the session entitled “Mind the gap: Bridging the expectation gap between researchers and employers” is available below.

According to the Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends Survey 2019, finding qualified experienced hires is the biggest challenge in talent acquisition. Despite being highly skilled and well trained, early stage and experienced researchers in academia often face similar challenges. The Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA) in partnership with the Belgium-based start-up KAZI have partnered to identify the expectation gap between researchers and industry. This workshop delved into key findings from MCAA and KAZI about how to prepare researchers for successful careers.
This session will focus on how to tackle the expectation gap between researchers and employers, from a number of different perspectives such as changing academic research culture, changing organisational perspectives and how researchers can better prepare themselves for different careers. In addition, tools were provided to analyze career paths and explore the expectation gap between researchers and employers. The attendees has also benefited from the discussion and examples of strategic planning techniques.

List of speakers:

Moderator:

  • Dr. Mostafa Moonir Shawrav, Chair, Marie Curie Alumni Association

Speakers:

  • Dr. Frances Colon, Science and environmental policy expert, Former Deputy Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State, United States
  • Dr. Karen Stroobants, Board Member of MCAA
  • Dr. Esther Hegel, Board Member of MCAA
  • Dr. Valentina Ferro, Vice – Chair of MCAA & Post-doctoral Researchers, University of California

Rapporteurs:

  • Fernanda Bajanca, Vice – Chair of MCAA
  • Tomislav Stojanov, Vice – Chair of MCAA policy working group