management

Esther Volz

Candidate as Ordinary Board Member
To me, the MCAA is a unique network of highly motivated researchers that can contribute to solve global challenges, strengthen the voice of scientists in policymaking and the public.

Prior Experience

Since I became the chair of the Benelux Chapter in February 2018, the chapter arranged numerous workshops, e.g., on scientific visualization and science and policymaking, supported European outreach actions, assisted regional collaborations such as the KAZI project and managed to double the number of our members.

We are proud that the Benelux Chapter was elected as “Chapter of the year” during the GA2019. Besides that, I supported the MCAA Chair Management working group by implementing new ideas on how working groups and chapters can improve the way they communicate and collaborate.

Furthermore, I was part of the organization team of the “Researchers meet Innovators” event in Berlin 2019, which was a very successful event, demonstrating how scientists and entrepreneurs can synergistically and successfully work together.

If you are curious to learn more about the work I’ve done for the Benelux Chapter, check our latest newsletter articles (Sep&Dec2019).

Outside of MCAA, I am currently wrapping up my Ph.D. in Molecular Biotechnology which I conducted at the DSM Biotechnology Center in Delft and the University of Groningen. Since January 2020 I am working as Research Project Manager in the field of bioeconomy and biotechnology at a non-profit expert network (DECHEMA) in Frankfurt.

Motivaton

After having worked for the MCAA for two years as a Chapter chair, I am highly motivated to move a step further and support the association in the role of an ordinary board member.

To me, the MCAA is a unique network of highly motivated researchers that can contribute to solve global challenges, strengthen the voice of scientists in policymaking and the public, and support researchers throughout their career.

As a member of the MCAA Board, I would like to be responsible for the management of chapters and working group to support all, but especially new chairs, help new chapters to kick-off, simplify internal procedures to make it easier for our members to get involved and foster collaboration among WG and chapters.

Furthermore, I would like to continue organizing exciting workshops and conferences for our members and beyond and thereby help to achieve the financial sustainability targets of the association. I further want to support the partnership team with a focus on non-financial collaborations, e.g. with other non-profit associations.

Areas of expertise
  • Strategic planning

  • Administration management

  • Events

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