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July 19, 2022

During the EU TalentOn, 26 teams of 4 highly motivated European individuals will compete in finding innovative solutions to grand societal challenges in five Mission Arenas, linked to the EU Missions. The themes these teams will be working on during this brand-new event are climate adaptation, cancer, healthy soils and clean waters, and smart and climate-neutral cities.

During the week of 14-18 September 2022, each team will be matched to a buddy, working as the team manager. This person will do everything possible to help the team and maximize efficiency. As a buddy, you get to experience the EU TalentOn and its thrilling program at PLNT in Leiden and gain experience within the organization of an international academic event.

Among the buddies’ tasks are:

  • To welcome the participants to Leiden, get them set up in their hotel and show them around where needed.
  • To keep track of time and process, make sure the teams are where they need to be on time.
  • Practical facilitation: acquiring materials, taking notes, signing up for program options, etc.
  • Time & program management: translating the program possibilities to the team and helping out where you can.
  • To be the participants’ source of information, connect your team to mission partners in search for more information.
  • Thinking along: what available tools and what parts of the program can help the team further?

Buddy characteristics:

  • You are between the ages of 21 and 35;
  • You speak English well;
  • You are friendly and sociable, keen to help a team;
  • You are capable of planning and organising;
  • You have an academic background;
  • Preferably you have some connection to 1 or more of the Mission Arenas:
  • It is a plus if you live in or know the city of Leiden!

Practical Information

  • As a buddy you need to be physically present at the EU TalentOn from September 14 at 12:00 until September 18 at 12:00. Some online coordination will take place from August onwards.
  • Your travel and meals are paid for during the entire EU TalentOn. Don’t live in Leiden? Accommodation will be arranged.
  • Buddies will receive a financial compensation of €750

Are you interested? Send an email to Vivian Toemen, project manager EU TalentOn, at before July 30, 2022. Please tell us why you would like to join the EU TalentOn as a buddy, and send along your CV. Go to to find out more about the EU TalentOn.

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