The chance to be different and acquire new skills
JANUARY 2003 – Writing
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.