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The chance to be different and acquire new skills

JANUARY 2003 – Writing in Science's Next Wave, a weekly online publication on scientific training, former Marie Curie Fellow Christina Vidinova from Bulgaria explains how her training period in Germany led her to discover new scientific techniques which have proved invaluable to her career. "It was as if my training help me to see things in colour, which before I had only been able to see in black and white," she says.

Dr Vidinova's Marie Curie training fellowship took her from Sofia Medical University in Bulgaria to Tubingen University Eye Hospital in Germany. There, she was encouraged to learn and practise new techniques in her field of ophthalmology. On return to Bulgaria, Dr Vidinova was keen to apply this new found knowledge, and after some searching located a laboratory with the equipment she needed near to her university. She is now continuing her experiments at the Laboratory of Cell Cultures and Biotechnology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences with very positive results: "I was very well received there, and my techniques and knowledge were of interest to my new colleagues, with whom we are now working a lot".

Dr Vidinova is very enthusiastic about the value of Marie Curie training, and believes strongly that "all training sites must be centres for acquiring multidisciplinary skills." She says mobility training programmes provides new chances for young scientists to become better suited to the European scientific labour market. "They provide new skills which can transform their scientific ideas in a new way and help them be different and more adaptable to the changing conditions of our dynamic world," she concludes.

Read Dr Vidinova's full article on the Next Wave website, published by Science magazine and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

last update: 23-01-2003