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1st April 2019 - No Comments!

Call for applications – EIT Alumni CONNECT 2019

It is already time for us to begin preparations for our favourite event of the year - EIT Alumni CONNECT!

Today we open applications to all members of the EIT Alumni Community who would like to take a leading role in organising EIT Alumni CONNECT 2019!

As usual this event will be organised by the community, for the community, so we are looking for dedicated and enthusiastic alumni to help with the facilitation and organisation of EIT Alumni CONNECT 2019!

Based on the feedback from last year we have decided to host the event once again at the Brody Studios, an entirely unique venue, located in the heart of Budapest.
Other than that? The event is completely in your hands.

This is your opportunity to take the reins of our community, design a memorable event, and steer the future of the EIT Alumni!

We are looking for:

  1. Moderators for EIT Alumni CONNECT 2019
  2. A working group for the organisation of EIT Alumni CONNECT 2019

** Deadline for Applications is 1 May 2019 **

What's in it for you?

  • The chance to meet and work with a cross-community working group
  • The opportunity to shape the event and directly contribute to the future of our community
  • Free travel to and from Budapest for the event and kick off meeting
  • A certificate recognising your involvement in the leadership team.
  • An unforgettable experience!

For those of you who took part in EIT CONNECT 2018, we're sure you will remember what a great opportunity this is to network with alumni outside of your sector. For those who couldn't make it, check out our photo album from last year!

 

4th January 2019 - No Comments!

Look for your wing-person and be one for others, too

By Mark Aguinaldo, EIT Climate-KIC Alumni Representative to the EIT Alumni Board

That's my takeaway from the workshop session at the EIT Health Alumni Summit held in Lodz, Poland earlier this month. Indeed, pursuing one's goals becomes manageable when you're receiving support from people you trust. Like in an air combat mission, the lead pilot needs a wing-person - someone to guard their blind-spots and ready to support their next, often daring, maneuvers.

Straight from the last EIT Alumni Board meeting for 2018, hosted at the EIT Health headquarters in Munich, I traveled to Lodz as an EIT Climate-KIC Alumni Community representative to the 1st EIT Health Alumni Summit. As an additional privilege of being part of the EIT Alumni network, I got the chance to attend the 3rd edition of the annual EIT Health Summit. Both events, hosted at the Medical University of Lodz, celebrated the tremendous efforts of EIT Health's network of best-in-class healthcare innnovators in delivering solutions to enable European citizens to live longer, healthier lives.

At the EIT Health Alumni Summit, Alumni & Communications Manager, Miriam Irle and EIT Impact Officer for Entrepreneurship and Business Creation, Laurent Roux, delivered the welcoming remarks. Miriam reported on the steady growth of the EIT Health Alumni community in terms of membership since their foundation in 2017. This gave them the impetus to intensify their efforts in providing job offers, mentoring activities and workshops to aspiring entrepreneurs, and developing an attractive platform for Startups to promote their businesses and touch base with potential partners within the healthcare sector and beyond.

 

Later that day, Miriam presented the EIT Health Alumni board members, and gave a recap of their activities in 2018 which focused on enhancing the wider EIT Health community by bringing into contact their members to the different initiatives of EIT Health Campus, Innovation Projects, and the business creation program EIT Health Accelerator, among others. She also announced the appointment of Miguel Amador as the incoming President of the EIT Health Alumni board.

Source: EIT Health Alumni Facebook page

On the other hand, Laurent introduced the EIT Alumni as a community for all graduates and alumni of the EIT Knowledge Innovation Communities (KICs), which so far includes those of EIT Climate, EIT Digital, EIT Health, EIT InnoEnergy, and EIT Raw Materials, making it an interdisciplinary and multicultural network of networks where every member can learn from each other, and potentially form multi-skilled teams to foster innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Summit participants also learned about the EIT Alumni flagship activities namely the EIT Alumni Startup Days, a hackathon style event held several times a year where participating alumni from different Innovation Communities challenge themselves to co-design solutions to societal challenges, and the EIT Alumni CONNECT which serves as an annual meetup event where members can partner and co-create on projects and collaborate on how to further strengthen the community.

Using tools from positive psychology, team-building activities were facilitated for the rest of the afternoon by Yunel Founder & Managing Partner Kerstin Humberg. The ice-breakers were so entertaining that in no time, us participants have created circles of friends. For instance, the speed dating style session gave us the opportunity to discover our partner's motivation and expectation to join the Summit. By the way, we definitely enjoyed the coffee breaks in between, a smörgåsbord of delish Polish snacks.

"At some point during the group exercises, Kerstin highlighted the significance of being a wing-person to one another. It resonated with me. Be it in building a startup and pursuing professional success or when it comes to our personal endeavors, we tend to be more and achieve more with trusted friends and allies around. Now imagine we belong to a community full of wing-people. We've got nothing to lose. Only endless possibilities."

For the next workshop, the participants were divided into groups and were tasked to brainstorm and visualize what constitutes a healthy city of the future. Oh what fun it is, knowing that we were in a safe place to discuss ideas, not to mention the diversity of talents in the room, we're able to come up with innovative ideas for our vision boards.

I came to the Summit with my personal advocacy, which is climate action. So I envision a healthy city as a climate-resilient city, where healthcare management is responsive to the changing climate. While I believe that we still have time to limit climate change catastrophes, small and poor countries in the Pacific such as mine have long been affected by climate change disproportionately. Definitely closer to home.
The Philippines was listed as the No. 1 country most affected by climate change in the 2015 Global Climate Risk Index. The most glaring health issues relating to extreme weather events exacerbated by climate change are the prevalence of Dengue, Thyphoid, Cholera, and Malaria epidemics during seasons of higher temperatures while more women are endangered and killed, even at a younger age, when impacted by natural hazards such as droughts, storms, and floods (Climate Change and the Philippines: Executive Brief, 2018).

Hopefully, as we collect and analyze climate and health data, more targeted developmental and humanitarian assistance can be extended to the most affected areas of the world. How much more if we do our part? Well, how about having wing-countries?

This article was taken from Mark's personal blog. Read the full article here.

 

13th November 2018 - No Comments!

EIT Alumna represents the Community at EIT Awareness Day in Malta

On 31 October, the EIT held an awareness day in Valetta, Malta to showcase the EIT Community, and help power Malta's innovators.

The EIT Alumni, as the direct link between the EIT and the young professionals and innovators of the EIT community, were invited to send a representative to sit on the afternoon panel discussion: 'Experiences and insights: What is it like being part of the EIT Community?'

Ayse Tolunay, EIT Health alumna and board member, was selected to attend on our behalf and present her journey in the EIT Community.

Read Ayse's story of the event below:

"I worked as a lecturer at a technical university for eight years. In 2017, I decided to change my career to work with refugees, which brought me back to being a student. Now I’m a Master's student at the University of Copenhagen, studying Migration.

My first experience with EIT Health was through a Global Health Case Challenge: Sexual and Reproductive Health of Migrating Women. This challenge brought together students with different backgrounds. I, a migration studies student, was in a team with students of medicine and public health. The 24 hours we worked as a team proved what I have advocated for for many years: that we need more interdisciplinary work to address global issues.

Currently, I’m doing my internship with UNHCR. I work with the tertiary education team, trying to provide equitable tertiary education for all. Through the EIT Health Alumni Network, I was given the chance to participate in a training program on Micro Learning. This made it possible for me to get in touch with other disciplines and widened my horizons.

I believe through interdisciplinary work we can create a better world and the EIT Community seems to be the right place to do it!

One of the latest examples that confirms this belief was the EIT Awareness Day in Malta which I participated in last week.

Firstly, the warmth hit my face as soon as I got out of the plane. It made me think: it took 8 hours to get there, and it was totally worth it. Like many islands, Malta is not an easy place to get to, but once you do it gives you the full Mediterranean experience with open arms and heart.

I went straight to the get-together organized by EIT from the airport, and although I was perhaps a little under dressed I was warmly welcomed by the EIT Malta team. It was so nice to be in an amazing venue with a beautiful view, great food and surrounded by so many interesting and engaging people. The get-together was a very nice introduction to Malta and its relationship to the EIT.  For me, the talk about block-chain and how a musician uses it was particularly inspiring.

The day of the event was gainful. I had the opportunity to listen to interesting talks that also relate to what I do as an intern with UNHCR. For instance, there was a lot of emphasis on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and also education in the morning sessions, especially in relation to Malta.

I took part in the panel discussion in the afternoon session. It was exciting to talk in front of everyone about my experience as an EIT alumna and how the EIT helped me to widen my horizons by providing cross-cutting opportunities: being a humanities “person” and having access to the EIT Health Alumni Network and partners provided me with a great network and the possibility to work on issues related to the health of people on the move. Even after this talk, people approached me and we discussed topics related to migration, education and health.

Although the Innovation Communities seem to stand on their own, the fact is that people who are part of the EIT Community are aware of the fact that cutting-edge solutions come out of cross-sectoral work, and the EIT Awareness Day in Malta was a proof of this approach."

You can read Ayse's full speech from the event here.

If you would like to get more involved in the EIT Community and represent the EIT Alumni at events, make sure to regularly check out opportunities page.

4th July 2018 - No Comments!

EIT Alumni Board of Boards – The Journey Continues

On Saturday the 30th of June the Boards of the EIT's Alumni Communities assembled once more to discuss strategy, share knowledge, strengthen connections, and define the value of our Community at the annual EIT Alumni Board of Boards meeting.

The EIT Alumni Community continues to expand, as more and more alumni graduate from EIT education and business acceleration programmes, but also as new Alumni Communities join our network of networks.
This growth was certainly displayed at this meeting, where not only did we welcome 30 participants (double the number of last year!), but we also had the delightful opportunity to welcome EIT Raw Materials Alumni into our family for the first time.

To reflect this expansion, we thought it appropriate to host the meetings in a new location -Brussels, an ideal location for collaboration, and, handily, home to the new EIT House! 🙂

The meeting kicked off with a group speed-dating session. A number of highly diverse discussions arose, each presenting very important insights into our fellow members, such as: who liked to dance, and who hated to dance!  Who was allergic to eggs, and who thought beach volleyball was the best sport in the world! (World cup allegiances were kept to a minimum.... we were there to strengthen bonds, not break them.)

Most importantly, of course, we got to know each other, and had the chance to better understand the motivations of why people want to actively engage in the EIT Alumni Community, a desire that was shared by everyone present.

Following a brief round of updates from each Alumni Community, we dove into an intense discussion on a combined Community feedback presentation. This gave all participants the opportunity to outline what the EIT Alumni means to them, how the EIT Alumni positions  itself as the 'umbrella' of the other Alumni Communities, and to explore the added value that arises from being part of a multidisciplinary network of networks such as ours.

Much of the afternoon was taken up by knowledge exchange. Tables were divided into 5 topics: event organisation, leadership, community engagement, team-building, and social media. Participants were invited to flow around the room, engaging in which ever topic best suited them and their position in the EIT Alumni Community.

The chance to exchange knowledge between Alumni Communities is one of the prime benefits of the Board of Boards meeting. All are at different stages of maturity, so an afternoon dedicated to the sharing of best practices was very popular among all who attended.

Thanks again to everyone for attending! We are already looking forward to the next one!

Stay tuned for upcoming action points and feedback from the meeting.

5th April 2018 - No Comments!

EIT Alumni Yearbook 2017

We have now officially published our EIT Alumni Yearbook for 2017!

This looks at some of our highlights of the year, including the annual events of the Alumni Communities, EIT Alumni Connect 2017 and an exclusive interview with the founders of Women@EIT.

31 December 2017 marked the end of the second year of an EIT Alumni Community guided by the EIT Alumni Board. As ever, the community continued to expand, as more EIT Label students graduate from their degrees and join the global network of EIT Alumni.

Want to know read more about the EIT Alumni? Read about our events and much more in the 2017 EIT Alumni Community Yearbook!

Or, check out our flip book version below:

20th March 2018 - No Comments!

EIT Alumni mentors at EIT workshop for migrants in Helsinki

A key goal of the EIT Alumni in 2018 is to improve its visibility through increased external representation.  One aspect of this is to offer alumni the chance to take part in interesting and inspiring events across Europe.
EIT Alumni Ambassadors will have the chance to further develop their entrepreneurial skills, while also supporting the growth of the EIT Alumni Community.

During the first weekend of March, two members of the EIT Alumni - Jude Nunga (EIT Health Alumnus) and Hassan Merghani (EIT Digital Alumnus) - acted as mentors and jury members in the EIT's pilot workshop for migrants in Helsinki.

The Startup My Business Weekend, where participants were taught how to start a business in Finland and to gain the necessary skills and networks to move forward with their business ideas, was done in cooperation with Startup Refugees, a non-profit voluntary network supporting refugees with employment opportunities and entrepreneurship.

Hassan presents

Photography by Wazim Khuzam

The 3-day programme had a very detailed agenda, designed to give participants a solid understanding of the world of entrepreneurship, how to develop their business ideas, how to pitch their ideas, and how to build a network.

The EIT, who actively participated in setting the agenda for the event, invited the EIT Alumni to also take on a major role during the weekend. Jude Nunga and Hassan Merghani were asked to give on-site coaching to teams developing their business ideas over the weekend, offer pitch training, and to provide advice based on their own experiences within the EIT Community.

Hassan Meghani gave the following summary of the event:
"The Startup My Business event itself was very well-executed and organised, and participants were quite interested to learn more about what the EIT can offer them after the presentation I gave there together with my fellow colleagues. Even though I might have not been the most active member within the alumni network since I graduated, this weekend has motivated me to contribute more and has taught me that once an alumnus of EIT, you're always an alumnus."

Following the event, participants will now be able to apply to EIT Business Accelerator programmes and also for the Startup Refugees Business Programme, which will start in March 2018 and last for five months in Helsinki.

workshop working group

Photography by Wazim Khuzam

After participating Jude Nunga got in touch with to say that he 'really liked being a part such an event and I can see a lot of value in the program, particularly with the addition of EIT collaboration and support. It was interesting to observe that most Startup Refugees participants developed a good understanding of entrepreneurship.'

It is great to see the EIT Alumni taking an active role in key EIT activities. Keep up to date with our social media channels for updates on other ways which you can put your entrepreneurial talents to use, attend exciting events and support the EIT Alumni Community.

28th February 2017 - No Comments!

EIT Alumni Yearbook 2016!!

eit-alumni-community-yearbook-cover

We have finally, officially published our EIT Alumni Yearbook for 2016!

This looks at some of our highlights of 2016, including the Start-up days event, EIT Alumni Connect and various cross-KIC events and workshops.

These events offer a unique opportunity for sharing knowledge and experiences, discussing entrepreneurial ideas with fellow students/alumni in a cross-disciplinary way and finding partners for exchange of ideas and potential collaboration.

Want to know more about the EIT Alumni? Read about our events and much more in the 2016 EIT Alumni Community Yearbook!

you can also check out the image gallery from the EIT Alumni Connect event at INNOVEIT 2016 here!

If you have any questions or want to let us know what you think, leave a comment below.

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Are you a studying in a EIT labelled-educational programme? Or you have already graduated and you would like to keep in touch with the community and connect with the other EIT Alumni? Join the LinkedIn group at http://linkd.in/1b8pfme .

 

10th November 2016 - No Comments!

Nuclear fuel concept a winner for EIT InnoEnergy graduate

Nothing tops finishing up your master’s thesis with a feeling of a job well done. Except perhaps making a major discovery AND winning a prestigious award! EIT InnoEnergy MSc EMINE student Alicia Raftery did just that when securing the honourable Sigvard Eklund award for 2016.

The late nuclear physicist Sigvard Eklund dedicated his life to utilising nuclear energy for peaceful purposes – and his foundation carries on that tradition. This year Alicia was one of proud winners receiving their award at the SKC (Swedish Centre for Nuclear Technology) annual symposium in September 2016 in Hindås.

Alicia shares her passion for nuclear energy with us – and how EIT InnoEnergy has been a big part of the picture.

Award-winning idea

Always having an interest in nuclear fuel fabrication, during a 3-week nuclear fuels course at Cadarache (part of her master’s study) it just clicked. She reached out to KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) to obtain a master’s thesis position in their nuclear fuels lab. This hands on experience allowed her to develop this possible new fuel concept – also the theme of her thesis, “Fabrication and Characterization of UN-USix Nuclear Fuel”.

Working closely with KTH PhD student supervisor, Kyle Johnson, she created a composite nuclear fuel of uranium silicide and uranium nitride using a relatively new sintering method called “spark plasma sintering” (SPS). The project was a great success in the fact that a high-density fuel pellet with enhanced thermal conductivity was created, but it also uncovered a new “unknown” ternary phase. “Westinghouse is going forward with the next step of irradiation testing the fuel in the US, putting the fuel in a research reactor to see how it behaves”, explains Alicia.

Kyle submitted her thesis for the award, recognising the significance of the results. “She was an incredibly talented, knowledgeable, and thorough young scientist – who always willing to get her hands dirty (not something just anyone does in a nuclear fuel lab).“

EIT InnoEnergy’s role

Alicia already felt like a winner, having received a scholarship from EIT InnoEnergy for the entirety of her master studies. “The EMINE programme exposed me to a wide network in industry and academia, both in Sweden and France.” Excited to begin her PhD studies in January 2017, she’ll spend the first two years studying in the US and the second two years in Belgium. “I think the high level of education I received in the EMINE program definitely contributed to my acceptance into this PhD position.” 

Onward and upward

She is currently working at the Los Alamos National Lab in New Mexico, gaining experience at a national lab before going on to graduate school. When asked what the future holds, “I’ve really enjoyed studying in an international environment. I see myself as a project manager on international collaborative projects.” But what continues to drive her passion in the field of nuclear energy? “I consider nuclear energy not only to be the most practical energy solution, but also endlessly interesting. And I am a true victim to the notion that my contributions to nuclear research will make a real difference in the world.” It’s clear to see she is already on her way. Congratulations on the discovery and award!