what you know
"I think it's part of being a scientist to share what you know with
less favoured regions," says Elanor Bell, who is working on Bradenburg's
acidic mining lakes at the University of Potsdam, just outside Berlin.
She has used the Marie Curie scheme to do some good work in the
world. She is applying her knowledge of the Antarctic and Arctic
ecosystems to understand the extreme ecological conditions in these
to focus on research
The Marie Curie fellowship programme offers ideal conditions
to carry out high quality work," says Dr. Mario Trottini, an
Italian scientist working for two years at the University of Valencia
in Spain on developing a set of techniques to protect the confidentiality
of participants in statistical surveys. "The funding gave me
the freedom to focus exclusively on my research without having to
worry about anything else. When I talk to colleagues in Europe and
the United States, they constantly remind me that this is a very
uncommon and privileged position. My time in Spain has been a wonderful
training experience, both scientifically and technically, but I
think the most valuable part of the programme is that it allowed
me to grow as an independent researcher."
the top team
Marie Curie keeps everybody happy," says Salvador Carranza," whose
love of lizards made him forsake the Mediterranean climes of his
native Barcelona two years ago for the damper surroundings of London's
Natural History Museum. "I'm happy because I get to be part of what
is probably the world's most expert team on lizards - and get a
very good salary as well. My supervisor is happy because the project
gets an allowance to host me, and the museum administrators are
happy because they get a contributions towards the overheads too."
In the spring of 2000, Maya Doytcheva saw an advert on the internet
and came from Sofia for interview at the Philips research laboratory
in Aachen, Germany. In September she moved house for her three-year
industry host fellowship. "I am very satisfied with the fellowship,"
she says. "It gives me the chance to progress in my scientific field
- I'm working on fluorescent lamps - and also learn what it is like
to work in a company like Philips. I hope to apply for a permanent
position here when my three years are completed."