Marie Curie Alumni Association General Assembly and Annual Conference 2018


Kumar Sarang, NaMeS Ph.D. student, participated in the “Marie Curie Alumni Association General Assembly and Annual Conference 2018” at KU Leuven, Campus Gasthuisberg, Leuven, Belgium.

The two long day conference consisted of 22 sessions comprising of plenary session,  parallel sessions, workshop sessions, poster sessions and election of MCAA board. He specifically attended plenary sessions and workshop sessions based on career development and choices, future leadership programs: opportunities in industries and beyond. The workshop sessions were in direct alignment with Sarang’s career development plan. Since there were approximately 300 participants, the conference provided him a good international platform to network with various eminent scientists and leading members of the MCAA which will help him to boost his scientific career in future.

Sarang got an opportunity to attend a very enlightening lectures such as Career development and choices, Future leadership programs in industry by Dr. Kiran Kumar Chereddy , work organization and health effects in Ph.D students by Dr. Katia Levecque and the sessions were quite interactive as they answered to a lot of questions from the participants as well. Various others sessions such as Jobs in Denmark, RESAVER and Euro-Bioimaging provided an insight to the future job opportunities in science and one go pension scheme all around Europe to get rid of a risk of losing pension money for science professionals in research.

Being an early stage researcher, this conference provided a very good international platform to become acquainted with the various scientific career opportunities available and also got an opportunity to participate in election and understand the process and role of various board members in MCAA. And participating in such activities would help him to develop good leadership skills.


1-4 February, 2018


Leuven, Belgium




Kumar Sarang

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 711859.