Grads & Undergrads: Major E.U. event on research opportunities in Europe on Feb 13 at UW in Seattle

A day of research and funding opportunities in Europe featuring leaders from European research organizations, funding agencies, embassies, and the European Commission 

Thursday, February 13, 2020

HUB Lyceum (Room 160)

University of Washington, Seattle, WA

This event is free but registration is required.

Destination Europe is a one-day event showcasing the vibrant and exciting research and innovation culture in Europe and the opportunities available to researchers from anywhere in the world who are interested in working in Europe. A joint initiative of the European Union and its Member States, Destination Europe 2020 will take place at the University of Washington alongside the 2020 annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Seattle.

Destination Europe features presentations by funding, and grant experts with information on opportunities for all areas of research, including the hard sciences, engineering, humanities, social sciences, government, business, etc.


The opportunities to be presented at Destination Europe are open to all nationalities, not just Europeans. 

Attendees at Destination Europe will find:

  • Experts from European research organizations, funding agencies and European Commission services presenting programs, initiatives, and opportunities to develop one’s research career in Europe including

– European Research Council (ERC)

– Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)

– Euraxess

– Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission

  • Researchers who have had the experience of moving to Europe temporarily or permanently sharing their experience
  • Information about the practicalities of moving to Europe (scientific visa, mobility centers, etc.)
  • Funding and grant experts with information on research opportunities in Austria, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Switzerland and more.
  • An exhibition space with stands providing additional information.
  • Hosted light breakfast, lunch, and cocktail reception for networking


Attendees are invited to a hosted luncheon and cocktail reception with recruiters and exhibitors. 
Meet presenters, exhibitors, experts and diplomats:

  • Learn information about postdocs, programs, research opportunities and country specific tips.

Keynote speech on the scope of EU and US cooperation and the role of EU in science

Marie Sklłodowska-Curie Actions presentation

  • Marie Sklłodowska-Curie Actions offer many opportunities to researchers to come to Europe. This presentation will discuss levels of funding and available support. It will additionally guide the audience through the three ways of participating: 1) by applying directly to a vacancy in a project, 2) by applying for an individual fellowship, or 3) by joining with a consortium of European Researchers to exchange staff between Europe and the US.

European Research Council presentation

  • The European Research Council (ERC) offers funding opportunities for both early career researchers and senior research leaders. The ERC operates according to a “bottom-up”approach, allowing researchers to identify new opportunities in any field of research. It encourages competition for funding between the very best, creative researchers of any nationality and age.

EURAXESS presentation

  • EURAXESS provides access to a complete range of information and support services for Europeans and non-Europeans wishing to pursue research careers in Europe. It provides a single access point for information, including a network of walk-in centers offering personalized assistance to researchers moving from another country. EURAXESS combines four major initiatives: Jobs, Services, Rights and Links.

Joint Research Centre presentation

  • The Joint Research Centre is the European Commission’s science and knowledge service. The JRC employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.

Information on Horizon 2020 – Horizon Europe

  • Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe form the world’s largest multinational research and innovation program. It is the European Union’s flagship research funding program and is fully open to researchers from public and private organizations from across the world.

Destination Europe is made possible by contributions from the European Union Delegation to the U.S., the European Research Council, the European Commission, the UW Office of Global Affairs, the UW College of Arts and Sciences, the UW Institute for Nano-Engineered Systems, the UW Center for West European Studies, the UW Jean Monnet EU Center, the UW Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, and the UW Center for Global Studies.