to receive mobility support network... and TV airtime
17 June 2004 - Researchers from across Europe will join,
on 29 and 30 June, EU Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin for
the official launch of the European Network of Mobility Centres
(ERA-MORE) at an international conference on ‘Researcher Mobility’.
Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin is due to inaugurate ERA-MORE
at an international conference entitled ‘Brain Drain, Brain
Gain: new challenges’ on 30 June at the Cité des Sciences
et de l’industrie in Paris (FR).
The new EU-backed network is meant to improve the welcome of mobile
researchers in their host country. The aim is to make this cross-border
transition as smooth as possible for researchers and their families.
ERA-MORE is part of a package of Commission initiatives, including
the on-line Researchers’ Mobility Portal and the recent proposal
for a directive on ‘scientific visas’ for third country
researchers, seeking to improve the mobility of European researchers
and make the EU a more attractive destination for international
Lack of adequate support is often mentioned as one of the main reasons
why researchers do not take up mobility opportunities in Europe.
New arrivals sometimes complain that they are left to their own
devices to find their bearings, which hurts the image of the EU
as a research destination. ERA-MORE provides one-to-one assistance
to national and foreign researchers before, during and after their
Under the spotlight
The Paris gathering will also focus on how to make Europe a more
attractive destination for world-class scientific talent. Some 350
leading personalities from European research, industry and politics
will reflect on what it means to be a researcher in Europe today.
Personalities including French and Italian research ministers François
D’Aubert and Letizia Moratti will take part in the conference.
During the previous evening, on 29 June, a thematic evening on
Researchers careers will take place at the Cité Internationale
Universitaire, on the occasion of the live broadcasting of
the film “Profession: Chercheur”, by the Franco-German
television channel ARTE. The presentation will be followed by a
debate where Mr Busquin will be joined by 450 young international
researchers, together with the President of ARTE-France Jérôme
Clément, the Mayor of Paris Bertrand Delanoé, and
the President of the Région Île-de-France Jean-Paul
To register for the ARTE evening and the conference, please send
an e-mail with your coordinates to:
For any additional information please contact:
tel: +32 2 295 2082,