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CONCEPT
One of the most important role of the widening National Contact Points is to advise potential applicants on how to prepare a successful project proposal. In order to provide excellent advice on project proposal preparation, it is crucial to know how to comply what is expected from the proposal within the evaluation procedures of Widening actions within Horizon Europe.
And who can provide the National Contact Points with the most valuable experience? Definitely experts from European Research Agency, evaluators of different Widening actions and nevertheless the beneficiaries, who successfully received the grants. All the actors will present their views on how to prepare a successful project proposal.
As the new Widening actions within Horizon Europe are being prepared and soon implemented, the representative of the European Commission will present the novelties of the actions. As the work programme will not be adopted yet, the information provided will be of provisional character.

SPEAKERS
Dr. Stefan Weiers, Head of Sector- Senior Expert, Directorate General for Research and Innovation, G1.02 Widening
Dr. Stefan Weiers has been working as a Head of Sector in the Directorate General for Research and innovation, G1.02 Widening and is intensively included in the preparation of the work programmes of the Widening Participation and Strengthening the European Research Area within Horizon Europe.
He has 20 years of experience in European research co-operation including the SME programme, environmental and space research. He graduated in physical geography at the University of Bonn and holds a PhD in natural sciences.

Ms. Federica Roffi, Deputy Head of Unit, Research Executive Agency, UNIT B5- Spreading Excellence, Widening participation, Science with and for society
Federica Roffi has been working in Research and Innovation related roles for 20 years. In 2005 she was seconded from the Regional Technological Development Agency of Emilia-Romagna (Italy) to the European Commission, DG RTD, where she worked on policy issues related to Industrial Technologies and later on actions to the benefit of SMEs until 2009. She then moved to the REA where she continued to work intensively on the FP7 SME programme as Project Advisor, following the entire project cycle management (from the evaluation phase to final payments and de-commitments) and later won a competition to become Operational Head of Sector for one of the Marie Skłodowska Curie actions, namely European Individual Fellowships. In that role she was responsible for the implementation of the Programme, which included call planning, organisation of evaluations, Grant Agreement preparation and project follow-up.  She then won another internal competition and since 2015 she has been working as Deputy Head of unit on the H2020 Science with and for Society work programme and on the Widening actions, in particular on Teaming, Twinning and ERA Chairs.

Ms. Charlotte Andersdotter, CEO, Crea 8AB
Ms. Charlotte Andersdotter is a CEO of Crea 8AB and has considerable experience in evaluating EU proposals within the R&I Framework programmes. In the course of the years, she has evaluated proposals for the three WIDENING actions (Teaming, Twinning and ERA Chairs) and has had different roles (evaluator, Vice-chair and Observer).

Prof. dr. Ana Marušić, MD, PhD, Department of Research in Biomedicine and Health, Research Integrity Advisor, Doctoral school, University of Split, School of Medicine
Prof. dr. Ana Marušić is Professor and Chair of the Department of Research in Biomedicine and Health at the University of Split School of Medicine, Split, Croatia. She is an Honorary Professor at the University of Edinburgh in the UK. She is also the Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Global Health and the Co-Chair of the Cochrane Scientific Committee. She currently serves on the Council of the Publication Ethics (COPE).
Prof. Ana Marušić has more than 300 peer – reviewed publications and was heavily involved with creating the policy of mandatory registration of clinical trials in public registries, which helped to change the legal regulation of clinical trials worldwide. She was an expert in the Twinning and Teaming calls for proposals within the Spreading excellence and widening participation and an independent observer for the Twinning call for proposals in 2019.

Dr. Kalina Georgiades, University of Cyprus
Dr. Kalina Georgiades is the Head of Project Management at the KIOS Center of Excellence (KIOS CoE) and is responsible for coordinating the management of externally funded research projects being delivered at the Center. This includes the flagship Teaming project the KIOS CoE, awarded in 2017. She is  an European Funds specialist and manager with over 20 years’ experience of working with EU funding programmes in the public sectors.  She also has a strong background in strategic policy development, building sustainable multi agency partnerships, and has coordinated contributions to the policy and practice on aspects related to regeneration and socio-economic development at EU, national and regional levels. Dr. Kalina Georgiades has been an expert evaluator for the EC and an ad-hoc advisor for government in relation to EU funds. She has a Masters in European Studies from K.U Leuven, Belgium and a BA in Politics and European Studies.

Prof. dr. Andraž Legat, Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute
The assigned ERA Chair Project Coordinator is Mr. Andraž Legat, PhD, ZAG Research Director. His research work is primarily oriented into the durability of building materials and structures, as well as into development of new materials and technologies for sustainable construction. He has published more than 60 scientific papers, which were cited more than 800 times. He has been involved in and coordinated several national and international research projects. He acted also as a president of ENBRI (European Network of Building Research Institutes) and vice-president of FEHRL (Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories). For the third time he has been elected as a member of Steering Committee of the European Construction Technology Platform (ECTP). For previous 14 years he has been the Director of ZAG, and newly established director assigned him the role of the Research director.

Prof. dr. Kristina Bliznakova, Medical University of Varna
Prof. dr. Kristina Bliznakova works as associate Prof. in the Department of Medical Equipment, Electronic and Information Technologies in Healthcare, Medical University of Varna, Bulgaria. She is the coordinator of MAXIMA project “Three dimensional breast cancer models for X-ray imaging research”, and is a biomedical engineer with a solid knowledge in the design of computational anthropomorphic breast phantoms and computational modelling of x-ray imaging techniques. She received MSc and PhD degrees in Biomedical Engineering from University of Patras, Greece. The reintegration to the academic environment was accomplished with the support of a four years Marie Curie individual fellowship. Currently, she is an Associate Professor at the Medical University of Varna, teaching subjects related to x-ray techniques for technicians and physicians and leading two projects in the field of breast modelling and simulation.

CONTACT PERSONS
Mag. Tanja Vertelj: tanja.vertelj@gov.si
Dr. Davor Kozmus: davor.kozmus@gov.si

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