Meet Bhavna Rani- A Marie Curie fellow in Italy from 2013-2016 now residing in India

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Bhavna Rani  is currently residing in India and was a Marie Curie fellow in Italy from 2013-2016. She was part of various MCAA* committees including the Communication group (in the newsletter team) and one of the co-founding member of MCAA-Northern Italy chapter.

(*) MCAA = Marie Curie Alumni Association

What does Marie Curie tell you?

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA), called after the double Nobel Prize winning Polish-French scientist famed for her work on radioactivity, support researchers at all stages of their careers, regardless of nationality. MSCA promotes and assists international mobility for researchers. Estimated approximately 70, 000 researchers have benefitted from MCA. The MSCA also support industrial doctorates, combining academia with industry , and other innovative training that enhances employability and career development. Furthermore, it also provides the benefits beyond the formal contractual MSCA experienced by creating the alumni association “MCAA”.

Why to join MCAA?

MCAA is a big portal essentially build up to gather the interactions among researchers from various fields. It is an ideal pavement for building up networks and collaborations. The services provided by MCAA portal are wide and meeting the needs of the researchers. The funding opportunities available are helpful for promoting Alumni community and hence constructing up your own networks by traveling through different locations. Also, MCAA has set up a number of thematic working groups, as well as various local membership chapters, where different meet-ups and activities have been organized to help in advancing your career. Discussion online groups are also an added value pack as it opens up the podium for all members to discuss their common interests in Science and other related topics. News page offering the latest news about the EU research area and a Calls page offering information about EU calls for proposals. An events page proposals a calendar of events of potential interest to members and allows members to share their own events with others. This portal also provides employment opportunities. I think MCAA provides a global relationship opportunity with an easy online access and it’s an excellent medium for any researcher to join.

What is the added value of a female researcher?

From the past generations, promoting women in science has certainly encouraged the female researchers to join the lead. In my view, everyone has their own vision and perspective, I personally believe that it is the individual that counts not whether they are male or female. However, women bring the gender diversity which is absolutely an asset in terms of nationalities, geographic locations, and different generations. Moreover, the freedom, autonomy, and intellectual stimulation in every work place definitely would be an added value for providing more gender equality.

Having come back to India, what advantages do you carry with you having done your PhD in Europe?

Returning to India with an international Marie Curie Ph.D. is positively a benefit in terms of applying to different positions. The basic advantage is to have an exposure at a broader level with a multinational environment that always opens up your personality as a more independent individual yet adaptable.

Thank you Bhavna for this interview!