13 June 2019


Marie Curie Alumni Association Turkish Chapter (MCAA-TC) kick-off meeting was hosted by Istanbul Technical University (ITU) and the Turkish Chapter was launched on 3 August 2018 at the same meeting.

As the Chapter’s founding chair, Prof. Gözde Ünal officially opened the event by talking about her personal experience with the MCAA. Then, the EU Office of ITU presented some facts and figures about ITU and Turkey in relation to the Marie Curie and EC programmes in general.

MCAA Chair Dr. Matthew DiFranco and MCAA Secretary Dr. Murat Güneş also attended the event and provided an overview of the MCAA – about its benefits and opportunities, as well as some tips. During the meeting a scientific Speed Dating session during which the attendees paired up to tell each other what they are working on also held. Then the MCAA-TC discussed the objectives and future activities for the newly-launched Turkish Chapter.

After the kick-off event, MCAA joined the IEEE Turkey Section Award Meeting on February 11th, 2019 at ITU by setting up a stand giving a few minutes of information about Marie Curie programmes during the main ceremony.



MCAA currently has 70 Members registered through the MCAA portal. About 25 people attended the kickoff meeting last summer and their target is to double membership and boost attendance at future meetings. Any Marie (S.) Curie Fellow can be a member of MCAA.



Some of the most important objectives set during the kick-off meeting are below:

  • Increasing the visibility of the MCAA Turkish Chapter on a local and global scale and attract researchers to Turkey through MCSA;
  • Raise awareness about EU-funding opportunities for early-stage researchers;
  • Reach out and communicate to society on science and research;
  • Promote social science research and integrate social science and humanities research into engineering projects;
  • Create multi/transdisciplinary working groups for networking and collaboration on pressing issues such as sustainable development, artificial intelligence, and global economic problems.



The MCAA Turkish Chapter annual meeting will be held on June 21st, 2019, at Istanbul Technical University. It will be open to all Marie Curie fellows, MCAA members, and future potential Marie Curie fellows, who would like to join. In the meeting, there is a plan to include a training seminar with the help of the National Contact Points. The main focus will be to network with each other, to spread the word about other European Commission and Marie Curie grant programmes, and encourage young scientists and students from Turkey to become part of the MCAA community.



Feel free to contact MCAA-TC and join the Chapter to network with them, spread the word about Marie Sklodowska Curie and other grant opportunities, and to mentor young scientists in Turkey. Join them in their efforts to contribute to the culture of scientists and the society in Turkey in any way, either scientifically, academically or socially.


The next Chapter meeting will be on 21st June 2019 at ITU. Here is the agenda.

You can register your interest following the link.

You can contact with MCAA-TC via turkish.chapter@mariecuriealumni.eu 

Their website is https://www.mariecuriealumni.eu/groups/turkish-chapter


Here are some pictures from their events:


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