Info day: Europe & Korea Research Cooperation and Researcher Mobility

EURAXESS South Korea Launch Event

13 July 2018 9:30 - 18:30
Four Seasons Hotel Seoul

register here for one or several sessions


What is this event?

This event celebrates the launch of the European Commission's initiative supporting international researcher mobility and research cooperation, EURAXESS, in South Korea.


What is EURAXESS South Korea?

EURAXESS South Korea is the local branch of EURAXESS. We promote researcher mobility and cooperation between South Koreaand the European Research Area, a group of 40 countries (including the EU-28). We serve researchers of all nationalities, all disciplines, and at all career stages.
We focus on two actions:
- To provide regular, tailored and reliable information, and
- To organise networking and information events.
We hope to grow our member community (membership is free!) of students, researchers, managers in South Korea, to whom we provide prime information about opportunities for cooperation or mobility with Europe.


Event features

The launch event's main feature is double:

- A series of roundtables of interest to students and researchers of all career levels interested in Europe;

- Two parallel seminars and interactive workshops proposed by professional trainers who come especially from Europe.

Attend, and you're sure to improve your knowledge about Europe-Korea cooperation and mobility, and to improve your grant proposal writing skills!







About the MSCA IF grant

The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowships (IF) aim at supporting the international mobility of researchers within and beyond Europe as well as helping to attract the best foreign researchers to work in the EU. The grant usually covers two years' salary, a mobility allowance, research costs and overheads for the host institution.

IF is for experienced researchers of any nationality, i.e. researchers holding a doctoral degree or at least four years’ full-time research experience by the time of the call deadline; in any discipline (no age limit).

Individual researchers submit proposals for funding in liaison with their planned host organisation. Proposals are judged on their research quality, the researcher's future career prospects, and the support offered by the host organisation.

There is a yearly call for applications which opened on 12 April and will close on 12 September 2018.

Further materials about MSCA IF:

Grant details, Tips & tricks for application, Interviews of grantees on EURAXESS website

Official MSCA website


About the ERC grants

The European Research Council (ERC) is a funding organisation for frontier research. It aims to stimulate scientific excellence in Europe by funding the very best, creative researchers of any nationality and age, and supporting their innovative ideas. Researchers from anywhere in the world can apply for ERC grants provided the research they undertake will be carried out in an EU Member State or Associated Country. ERC grants are becoming more and more internationally recognised as awards for scientific excellence.

Research projects funded by the ERC can last up to five years and can cover frontier research in any scientific domain, including social sciences, humanities and interdisciplinary studies. The grants may help both emerging research leaders ('ERC Starting Grants' and 'ERC Consolidator Grants') and already well-established and recognised scientists ('ERC Advanced Grants'). Find out more about the different ERC grants.

If you are moving to Europe from a third country, you can apply for additional funding, which can total up to €2 million for a Starting Grant (instead of €1.5 million for those already established in Europe), €2.75 million for a Consolidator Grant (instead of €2 million) and €3.5 million for an Advanced Grant (instead of €2.5 million).

There are three calls per year according to each category. In 2018, the call deadlines are: October (yet TBA, Starting Grants); 9 February (Consolidator Grants); 31 August (Advanced Grants).

Further materials on ERC grants:

Grants details, Possibilities from Japan, Tips & tricks for application, Interviews of grantees on EURAXESS website

Official ERC website







MSCA IF Trainer:
Cristina Gomez, NCP for MSCA, Spain

Cristina Gomez joined the International Projects Unit of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) in 2009 to coordinate EURAXESS at national level and also carry out the monitoring and support to other FP7 and international projects. In January 2014, she was appointed National Contact Point and Expert at the Programme Committee for Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, becoming part of the European Office, whose objective is to encourage the participation of Spanish Institutions in Horizon 2020. She has over 9 years of experience in national and European research landscape, with a focus on career development and mobility of researchers.

As an MSCA NCP since the beginning of Horizon 2020, Cristina participates very actively in the international NCP network and contributes to the promotion of the programme by delivering a large number of informative and hands-on training sessions in Spain, Europe and worldwide. Besides, she offers direct support to researchers and institutions, including personalized pre-screen service of MSCA proposals. As part of FECYT European Office communication Strategy, she has widely contributed to the promotion of Spanish institutions funding offers (MSCA and others).

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ERC Trainer:
Stefanie Schelhowe, NCP for ERC, Germany


Stefanie Schelhowe leads the team of the German National Contact Point for the ERC in Bonn. With more than 10 years work experience with European research policies and funding, she is specialised in ERC proposals since 2009. Besides dealing with daily questions of applicants, she has trained researchers in several information and proposal writing events as well as in specialised ERC interview trainings.

Core areas of expertise:
- Over 10 years work experience with European research policies / funding
- Since 2009 National Contact Point for the European Research Council (ERC), since 2013 head of team
- From 2010 to 2013 National Contact Point for the Joint Research Centre (JRC)
- Advising on proposal writing, evaluation process, grant management, interview preparation
- Organisation of high-level events, information and proposal writing events, interview trainings
- Detailed specific and generalist understanding of Horizon 2020
- Active as a trainer since 2009.








Alumni & facilitators:

Grantees and alumni from ERC and MSCA IF will participate in the event with short feedback on their experience, and as facilitators to the interactive sessions.


Dr Dong-Jong Kim

MSCA Cofund Fellow, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

CAROLINE Project (1 October 2017- 30 September 2020)


Dr Dowon Bae

MSCA Cofund Fellow, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

LEaDing Fellows Project (1 March 2018 - 29 February 2020)





**DISCLAIMER: progamme subject to change without prior notice**
Registration desk opens (with coffee!) 30 minutes before programme starts. Please come early!

09:30 – 09:45 OPENING ADDRESS: The European Research Area: Opportunities for Fruitful Exchanges


09:45 – 10:40 LINKING EUROPE AND SOUTH KOREA, part 1

Roundtable Discussion “EU-South Korea research cooperation: achievements and future perspectives”

Moderator: Halldor Berg, EURAXESS China
Introduction: EU-Korea research cooperation via Horizon 2020
Ms Ju Young Kim, EU Delegation S&T section
Panellists:  [5’ each + roundtable discussion]

  • Dr Jong-Deok Kim, Director, Office of European & African Affairs, The National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF)
  • Ms Ju Young Kim, EU Delegation S&T section
  • Prof. Ui Wook Hwang, Kyungpook National University, MSCA RISE GETM3 project manager
  • Prof Il-Gyu Kim, Team Leader, ETRI, coordinator or EU-KR joint call on ICT
  • Tomasz Wierzbowski, EURAXESS South Korea || Former GNSS.Asia project manager, Korea


10:40 – 11:40 LINKING EUROPE AND SOUTH KOREA, part 2

Roundtable Discussion: “EU-South Korea Researchers Mobility Programmes – results, challenges and the way forward"

Moderator:  Samrat Kumar, EURAXESS India

Panellists: [5’ each + roundtable discussion]

  • Ms. Kitty Fehringer, European Commission, EURAXESS Worldwide
  • Ms. Ilse Schenk, EURAXESS Service Centre, the Netherlands || Nuffic
  • Dr. Theodore Papazoglou, Head of Unit, ERCEA
  • Dr. Hyong-Ha Kim, Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science / ERC NCP, Republic of Korea
  • Dr. Dong Jin Kim, MSCA Cofund Fellow, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Dr. Dowon Bae, MSCA Cofund Fellow, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands


11:40 – 12:10 INTRODUCING EURAXESS: improve your international careers and projects with us

Opening Speech: Kitty Fehringer – European Commission
About global researcher mobility and EURAXESS Worldwide: Xiaomeng Shen, Germany Aerospace Center, EURAXESS Worldwide
About EURAXESS South Korea: Matthieu Py and Tomasz Wierzbowski, EURAXESS South Korea


12:10 – 12:15 Celebration of the official launch of EURAXESS South Korea


12:15 – 13:30 Lunch Networking


13:30 – 14:30 Roundtable Discussion: “ERA countries’ research landscapes"

Moderator:  Matthieu PY, EURAXESS South Korea

  • Caroline Adenberger, Commercial Attache, Advantage Austria Seoul
  • Eske Rosenberg, Embassy of Denmark
  • Elodie Franco-Ritz, Embassy of France, S&T Attache
  • Sabine Puch, DLR (Germany)
  • Peter Wijlhuizen, Senior Officer for Innovation, Technology and Science, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Gareth Davies, British Embassy, Head of Science, Innovation and Energy


14:30 – 15:00 Coffee & Tea break


15:00 – 18:15 Parallel Sessions: European Funding Schemes for international researchers

Session A:
EU’s excellent researchers funding tool: European Research Council grants


Moderator: Kitty Fehringer, European Commission, EURAXESS Worldwide
Expert trainer: Stefanie Schelhowe, ERC NCP
Facilitators: Tomasz Wierzbowski, EURAXESS South Korea || Dr. Hyong-Ha Kim, Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science / ERC NCP, Republic of Korea


A1-Introduction to ERC schemes

  • Introduction to the ERC grant schemes
  • The ERC-NRF researcher exchange scheme
  • Experience feedback and interaction with ERC grantee(s)

A2-How to write a successful proposal for ERC?

  • Details on different parts of the proposal
  • How to convince reviewers
  • Evaluation criteria for ERC proposals
  • Structure of evaluation panels
  • Interactive exercise on ERC grant writing

Session B:
EU’s mobility programme for young researchers: MSCA Individual Fellowships


Moderator: Matthieu Py, EURAXESS South Korea
Expert trainer: Cristina Gómez, MSCA NCP, Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology
Facilitators: Dr. Dong Jin Kim, MSCA Cofund Fellow, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland || Dr. Dowon Bae, MSCA Cofund Fellow, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands


B1- Introduction to MSCA IF

  • MSCA Individual Fellowship in general
  • Specifics for Korea
  • EURAXESS, NCPs Support and Net4mobility+

B2- How to write a successful proposal for MSCA IF, part 1

  • IF 2018 Call in details

B3- How to write a successful proposal for MSCA IF, part 2

  • Experience feedback by alumni
  • How to prepare a competitive MSCA IF proposal
  • Tips, take-home messages and wrap-up


18:30 – 18:40 Conference Closing


 18:40 – 20:40 Networking cocktail