leadership

Renaud Jolivet

Candidate as Treasurer
It is my conviction that scientists need to help shape the public debate on the issues of our time, and push back against the rise of irrationalism.

Prior Experience

I have been an active MCAA member since 2014, initially in the Policy and Career Development working groups. In 2017, I helped found the Swiss Chapter and became its first Chair.

In 2018, I was elected to the Board, where I am currently serving as ordinary Board Member. In 2018, I also helped found the Research Funding working group. Besides the Board, I am still active in both the Swiss Chapter and Research Funding working group.

Outside of MCAA, I am a group leader in Neurophysics at the University of Geneva and CERN. My team investigates the relation between different cell types in the brain and develops new imaging technologies. My career has led me to work in Switzerland, the UK and, briefly, in Japan.

I am also an elected member of the Board of Directors at the Organization for Computational Neurosciences (OCNS) and a policy advisor at the Initiative for Science in Europe (ISE).

I have extensive experience in the inner workings of MCAA, having served in various leadership roles, plus a keen interest in the issues young scientists face today.

Motivaton

My Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship extended to a period of 5 years spent at University College London, and was transformative from both the professional and personal oint of view. It gave me what I needed to move on to my first group leader position in academia, but also shaped my current world view, in particular when it comes to academic life and the international order.

It is my conviction that scientists need to help shape the public debate on the issues of our time, and push back against the rise of irrationalism. This forms the basis for my motivation to be engaged publicly outside of the lab.

Besides this, MCAA has grown tremendously in the last years, from a few hundred to more than 14000 members in 6 years. The Association needs to adapt its structure and become financially independent as much as possible.

It also needs to become more professional in its communication and has the potential to really shape European science policies, provided it collects and publishes data on young scientists careers. I am motivated by these issues, and I want to do my part to help MCAA go through the next 2 transformative years.

Areas of expertise
  • Strategic planning

  • Administration management

  • Public relations & networking

  • Research policies & programmes

  • Fundraising & sponsorship

  • Events

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