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Sara Ricardo

Candidate as Ordinary Board Member
We are now in a position to bring MCAA to another level, with and for the members. I am motivated to join the next board in taking the MCAA toward this next step.

Prior Experience

My involvement with MCAA started as a founding member of the Portugal-Spain Chapter, served on its Board from 2015-2017 and implemented and have been the coordinator of the MCAA Barcelona Hub, since 2017 to end of 2019.

Regionally, I led and coordinated the growth of the local network from 5 to ~ 100 members, established regular meetings, channels of communication, led the organization of events and established ongoing partnerships with a number of academic and governmental institutions.

I serve at the MCAA’s board since 2018 and have contributed or led several initiatives on researchers' issues and the sustainability of the scientific academic system, in collaboration with external partners. For example, at ESOF 2018 I proposed, led and moderated the session on the “lost generation”, highlighting the challenges of experienced researchers in the current academic system; I have organised a session on leaders’ mental health issues at the MCAA GA in Vienna in 2019 and am currently contributing to the organisation of a leadership intensive workshop in collaboration with the EIT Alumni.

Additionally I represent MCAA at events and frequently give talks, bringing awareness to the MCAA, increasing the local and global networks and the association’s reputation, visibility and impact.

Motivaton

Within these last years as an active MCAA board member and having been involved in several initiatives, I feel I have gained a wealth of knowledge of the inner workings and challenges of the MCAA, as well as of the inner challenges of the global scientific community, both in and outside of academia.

The organisation has grown immensely in the last few years, both in membership and in visibility and reputation with important stakeholders. We are now in a position to bring MCAA to another level, with and for the members. This carries strong financial and organisational challenges, and requires a deep knowledge of the organisation as well as of the global scientific and political landscape.

I am motivated to join the next board in taking the MCAA toward this next step, towards increased self-sufficiency and increased role as a voice of the researchers. I have personally benefited from my involvement with such a talented network of members and I am thankful for the opportunity to keep contributing to make the scientific community and the Science fairer, more transparent and more efficient.

Areas of expertise
  • Strategic planning

  • Research policies & programmes

  • Public relations & networking

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