Workshop on Excellent Science in the Humanities

Date: 21 Jan 2015, 11am-5pm. Venue: Royal Irish Academy, Dublin

The aim of the Excellent Science Pillar in Horizon 2020 is to raise the level of excellence in Europe’s science base and ensure world-class research. The European Research Council (ERC) and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) are of particular interest to Humanities researchers. This day long workshop will feature Keynotes talks from those involved at the European level in both the ERC and MSCA, it will profile Ireland’s grant awardees and feature advice from National Contact Points and Evaluators.

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11:00-11:30 Registration

11:30-12:00 European Research Council Keynote and Q&A

12:00-13:30 ERC panel and Q&A

13:30-14:30 Lunch

14:30-15:00 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Keynote and Q&A

15:00-16:30 MSCA panel and Q&A

16:30-17:00 Q and A session


Chair for the day: Professor Daniel Carey, Director of the Moore Institute, MRIA and Chair of the Irish Humanities Alliance

ERC Keynote: Professor Nicholas Canny, Member of the ERC Scientific Council

ERC Panel:

Chair: Professor Jane Conroy, MRIA

Paul Kilkenny, Irish Research Council, Irish National Contact Point to the European Research Council for Social Science and Humanities

Dr Eilionóir Flynn, ERC Starting Grant awardee (2014) and Acting Director of the Centre for Disability Law & Policy, and Senior Lecturer in the School of Law, National University of Ireland, Galway

Dr Suzanne Kingston, ERC Starting Grant awardee (2014) and Senior Lecturer in the School of Law in University College Dublin

MSCA Keynote: Louise Byrne, Research Executive Agency (European Commission)

MSCA Panel:

Chair: Professor Orla Feely, Chair of the Irish Research Council and Vice President for Research, Innovation and Impact at University College Dublin

Dr Jennifer Brennan, European Advisor, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Irish National Contact Point, Irish Universities Association

Dr Laura Cleaver, Ussher Lecturer in Medieval Art at Trinity College Dublin. Principal Investigator on the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions research project: ‘History Books in the Anglo Norman World’ (2011-2015)

Dr Melanie Marshall, Lecturer in Music at University College Cork. Marie Skłodowska-Curie International Outgoing Fellow on the ‘Sex in the early modern city: Music and eroticism in sixteenth-century Rome’ research project (2011-2014)

Dr Valerie Heffernan, Head of German at Maynooth University and Vice-Chair for the evaluation of MSCA Individual Fellowships

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Organised by the Irish Humanities Alliance, Irish Universities Association and Royal Irish Academy and sponsored by the Irish Research Council