policy

Karen Stroobants

Candidate as Ordinary Board Member
I would like to ensure that MCAA becomes a recognised voice in the European research policy landscape, and succeeds in improving researcher careers

Prior Experience

I have been an MCAA member since 2016 and am currently vice-chair of the Policy Working Group. My biggest accomplishments have been professionalising MCAA’s policy writing, and successfully representing MCAA at European Research Area Committee stakeholder meetings.

I have five years experience in the non-profit sector (in parallel to / succeeding seven years of experience as an active researcher):

  • - I co-founded MetisTalk.com, a welcoming space, created to allow ideas and innovations around the system of research to be shared, discussed and challenged.

  • - I am currently a policy adviser for the Royal Society of Chemistry, where my most recent policy and influencing work has resulted in an opportunity to share the RSC’s work on diversity in research environments with a large UK research funder.

  • - I was instrumental in delivery of the Royal Society’s research culture programme that brought this topic centre-stage in the UK.

  • - As president of the Cambridge University Science Policy Exchange initiative, I led a team of 15 volunteers in the delivery of a programme of work, including establishment of a collaboration with the local Council that has increased the use of evidence in local decision making.

Motivaton

I am passionate about improving regulation that affects research, researchers and research environments. I would like to ensure that MCAA becomes a recognised voice in the European research policy landscape, and succeeds in improving researcher careers.

Relying on my experience of working for non-profit and advocacy organisations, I would like to:

  • - support internal governance processes of MCAA based on my insights and knowledge of the governance of non-profit organisations with up to 50,000 members and over 300 staff

  • - engage in streamlining and optimizing procedures to make it easier for volunteers to understand how they can get involved and what’s in it for them

  • - professionalise MCAA further in terms of its policy influencing capacity, using influencing strategies, stakeholder management tools and methods to measure and increase impact

  • - develop a toolkit to enable MCAA members to write effective policy documents related to their area of expertise, so that MCAA can increase its contribution to evidence-informed policy

Areas of expertise
  • Strategic planning

  • Public relations & networking

  • Research policies & programmes

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