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Marie Curie fellows talk shop in Paris

12 March 2003 – Over 200 Marie Curie fellows will gather in Paris this week for a three-day meeting aimed at sharing experiences and discussing some of the major challenges facing the world of science today.

The event, which takes place at the Marie Curie Institute on 12-14 March, will be opened by Claudie Haigneré, French Minister for Research and New Technologies, Claude Huriet, President of the Marie Curie Institute, Geneviève Berger, Director-General of the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), and Gilles Brisson, Chairman of Aventis Pharma in France.

The purpose of the event is three-fold: to encourage scientific co-operation between Marie fellows based in France; to exchange experiences about the impact of the Marie Curie fellowship programme on researchers careers; and to move forward the debate on the future training needs of French scientists.

Some of the leading players from the world of French science will attend the meeting to give their perspectives on topics such as: the relationship between science and society, the exploitation of knowledge, improving communication between scientists and the media, and human resources and mobility in the European Research Area (ERA).

France was one of the major beneficiaries of the EU’s Marie Curie fellowship programme funded under the Fifth Framework for R&D (FP5). Almost one in five fellows chose France as their host country, while over 20% of the 12,000 Marie Curie grants paid out over the lifetime of FP5 went to French researchers.

At the Paris meeting, a selection of Marie Curie fellows based in France will have the chance to present their research and to explain how the fellowship has benefited their career. Delegates will also hear about the new Marie Curie Actions on offer under FP6 and other mobility opportunities for researchers funded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The meeting of Marie Curie fellows is co-organised by the European Commission, the French National Scientific Research Centre, the Marie Curie Institute and Aventis. It is the first in a series of events planned by the European Commission to promote the FP6 Marie Curie Actions and to move forward the debate on human resources and mobility in R&D. The next event is scheduled to take place in Pisa, Italy on 15-16 July 2003.

last update: 13-03-2003