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Researchers 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.

Compass points
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 talent.

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 periods abroad.

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 Huchon.

More information:

To register for the ARTE evening and the conference, please send an e-mail with your coordinates to:

For any additional information please contact:

Jimmy Jamar,
European Commisiosn,
DG Research,
tel: +32 2 295 2082,

last update: 17-06-2004