Event: Developing Future-Ready Researchers: career development and mobility in a global environment 11th May TCD

The Association of Higher Education Career Services in Ireland (AHECS) Postgraduate Students Task Group is hosting a one-day international conference for all policy makers, academics, careers service and HR staff involved in supporting the career development of early career researchers. The AHECS global study of good practice informed the key themes of the day.

11th May 2018, Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

The programme will focus on career development including international mobility, internships and workplace learning opportunities. Keynote presentations and parallel workshops will be delivered by the speakers from Australia, Canada, UK and Ireland.

The expected outcomes from the day are to:

  • Enhance career development support for early career researchers through collaboration and partnership internationally and locally
  • Discuss the supports that would ideally be put in place in Ireland, and how they might be implemented
  • Influence Irish and European policy based on models of international good practice

Senior representatives of major stakeholder organisations in Ireland will be in attendance.

Click here to register by Friday, 27th of April 2018.


24th and 25th January 2018- Research and Training Projects with European Organisations

This webinar was given on January 24th and 25th by Geraldine Canny and Grace McCarthy to inform potential applicants from Third countries how they could participate in Innovative Training Networks and Research and Innovation Staff Exchange actions. 750 people from around the world registered for these webinars.

The webinar recording and slides can be accessed at the links below.

11 December 2017 – Innovative Training Networks (ITN) information day

The fourth Horizon 2020 Innovative Training Networks (ITN) info day took place in Brussels on 11 December 2017. The agenda of the meeting focused on providing the coordinators of the H2020 ITN projects with information on specific implementation matters. 196 people representing 125 projects took part in the meeting.

Innovative training networks bring together universities, research centres and companies from different countries worldwide to train a new generation of researchers. The funding boosts scientific excellence and business innovation, and enhances researchers’ career prospects by developing their skills in entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation.

Presentations shown during the InfoDay can be accessed here

Go to the latest ITN call for proposals (2018).

10 Nov 2017 – Proposal Preparation Training for ITN Call 2018

Applying to the MSCA ITN Call 2018? The Irish Marie Skłodowska-Curie Office has prepared a series of supports to assist in writing  a successful application.

ITN 2018 Webinars & FAQ

A webinar providing an overview of the ITN programme and its evaluation process is available for download below.

Three webinars, covering the Excellence, Impact and Implementation sections of the proposal, are available for download below.

An FAQ document is available for download here.


ITN 2018 Handbook

An application handbook, including a full annotated template (incorporating details of common weaknesses in unfunded applications and relevant EU policies to include in your proposal) and a “how to submit” guide is available for download below.


Handbook –  Handbook – 2018 ITN Handbook v1.0 (763 downloads)


Video: ITN 2018 Overview and Evaluation Process: 

ITN 2018 Overview and Evaluation Process (slides only):  MSCA ITN 2018 Overview&Evaluation (349 downloads)


Video: ITN 2018 Excellence Section: 

ITN 2018 Excellence Section (slides only):  ITN 2018 - General & Excellence rec (348 downloads)


Video: ITN 2018 Impact Section:

ITN 2018 Impact Section (slides only):  ITN 2018 - Impact (350 downloads)


Video: ITN 2018 Implementation & B2 sections:

ITN 2018 Implementation & B2 sections (slides only):  ITN 2018 Implementation & Part B2 (331 downloads)

ConneXions – Dublin French Tech event 30th Sept – 1st Oct Dublin 8

ConneXions is a two-day free forum connecting France and Ireland in the fields of education, culture and digital technology. It will take place on the weekend of the 30th Sept – 1st Oct. at Richmond Barracks, Dublin 8.

ConneXions is a Dublin French Tech event.

What should you be expecting from that weekend?

–        A weekend of exploring the ways digital technology will be impacting tomorrow’s city and our ways of living

–        5 round table seminars to discuss and debate on issues such as: Will they find a new way for you not to be waiting for the bus under the rain? Will your voice truly impact the way the city is organised? How will tomorrow’s school look like in the future: will they be using pens and schoolbooks? Find out more here

–        20 speakers from France and Ireland from big companies such as Accenture, Linkedin, Veolia, Microsoft, Enedys; universities such as UCD, DCU and University Paris Diderot; media such as Dublin Globe, Silicon Republic; from local authorities such as Dublin City Council and Smart Dublin … and, of course, cultural institutions La Gaîté Lyrique, Science Gallery, Rua Red  

–        20+ exhibitors from France and Ireland at the Start-Up Market will showcase their amazing innovations that will make you want to go back to school, learn a new language, help you develop your career, use video to travel … and much more!

–        Linkedin, the professional social network, will animate a “Rock your profile” stand, with free coaching for all those young professionals, making sure they get the most out of their professional online profile and network!

And, while you are around, don’t forget to have a look around: the hackathon #HackYourCity! is taking place! Our hackers will be busy in the classroom trying to find innovative solutions to challenges linked with education, tourism and developing business opportunities. They will be working on this all weekend-long and pitching their projects on Sunday at 11 am

(“Butwhat is a hackathon?” are you wondering? Well, it is actually people with different backgrounds coming together, forming teams around a problem and collaboratively developing a solution from scratch)

What else?

ConneXions is a free event – Spread the word & get a ticket for your friends on EventBrite

The programme is available on our website: www.conneXions.ie/programme

Richmond Barraks is located in Inchicore, Dublin 8 (here, more precisely)


Stay connected!

On Facebook: @ConneXionsIE

On Twitter: @ConneXions_IE


gradireland Higher Education Awards & Symposium Nov 24th – Enter today!

On Friday 24 November 2017 the annual gradireland Higher Education Awards & Symposium will take place. These awards, now in their seventh year, are the blue riband event for higher education professionals, postgraduate admissions officers and course providers across the island of Ireland. Combined with a unique learning Symposium, this daytime event is not to be missed.

The Symposium was introduced to universal acclaim in 2016. Designed to facilitate a forum for learning, networking and exchange of best practice both nationally and internationally, the Higher Education Symposium featured sessions on learning analytics, careers support for doctoral researchers, using social media to engage with international students and more. Content for this year’s Symposium is currently being developed.

The gradireland Higher Education Awards are presented after lunch on the day of the Symposium. Universities & IOT’s are cordially invited to enter to win one or more of the following nine awards:

Postgraduate Course of the Year categories

Marketing category

Entry Form (202 downloads)

All Award categories are FREE to enter and all entries must be received before 5pm on Friday 6 October 2017. The very best of luck!

Official Event site https://gradireland.com/events/gradireland-higher-education-awards-symposium-2018


Smart Futures: SFI Research Career Options Forum – 22 Sept Dublin – Register Now!

The Smart Futures: SFI Research Career Options Forum will take place from 10.30am on 22nd September in the Ballsbridge Hotel, Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

The Forum will discuss career paths and relevant research programmes open to early career researchers and postgraduate students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).



The plenary session will take place from 11.00am – 1.00pm. Dr Liz Elvidge, Head of the Postdoc Development Centre, Imperial College London, will deliver a keynote address on ‘What Every Postdoc Needs to Know’.  This will be followed by a talk on entrepreneurship, an overview of key SFI programmes and a panel discussion. See Agenda for more information. Following a light lunch, prescheduled ‘Face to Face with Industry’ sessions will take place between researchers/students and industry representatives.

Focus of the event

  • The plenary session will outline career paths which are available to early career researchers and postgraduate students in the areas of STEM and will highlight key programmes of relevance to them.
  • The ‘Face to Face’ sessions with Industry will allow attendees who are interested in participating in the SFI Industry Fellowship Programme a chance to meet and discuss potential research projects.
  • The ‘Face to Face’ sessions are also open to students/researchers interested in meeting with companies that are actively recruiting for people with STEM qualifications.
  • Workshops will explore topics and skills such as CV preparation and entrepreneurship.

Why should you participate?

  • For postgraduate STEM students and early career researchers, this is an opportunity to get valuable career path insights and practical information about specific programme opportunities.  
  • For industry, this is an opportunity to meet and recruit potential team members and ensure you are getting great applications with the relevant skills, qualifications or experience that you need for your organisation.
  • All event participants will learn more about the SFI Industry Fellowship Programme and other programme opportunities.
  • You will hear from an international expert in this area, Dr Liz Elvidge, Head of Postdoc Development Centre, Imperial College London about ‘What Every Postdoc Needs to Know’.

About the Industry Fellowship Programme 2017

The purpose of the Industry Fellowship Programme 2017 is to enhance industry-academia collaborations through the funding of collaborative industry-academia research projects, and to stimulate excellence through knowledge exchange and training of engineers and scientists. Both aims will be pursued by the Industry Fellowship Programme, through the temporary placement of academic researchers in industry, and of industry researchers in academia. Fellowships can have a duration between 1 and 12 months if full-time, and between 2 and 24 months if part-time. The maximum Industry Fellowship award amount is €100,000 direct costs. See SFI.ie for more information.

For queries please contact:
Tel: 353 1 284 4761
Email: SFIsmartfutures@theconferenceoffice.ie