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RTD info logoMagazine on European Research Special Issue - August 2003   
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 EDITORIAL
 'Let’s be proud of our researchers'
 Research: a vocation
 Choosing a mentor
 Momentum to move
 Drawn to the USA
 Everyday life in Japan
 Balancing the gender equation
 A boost for science
 University challenge
 Migrating to the private sphere
 The incorruptible Marie
 National associations of students, PhDs and researchers

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A GUIDE TO MOBILITY OPPORTUNITIES AND TOOLS FOR RESEARCHERS WITHOUT FRONTIERS
Title  Penetrating the mobility barrier

You cannot have science without scientists. As Europe’s research efforts gather pace, it will need not only to produce more S&T personnel, but it will also have to allocate its existing pool of researchers as effectively as possible in order to capitalise on its wealth of know-how and expertise. And this requires a high degree of researcher mobility.

Although in principle researchers enjoy unfettered movement within the internal market, in practice, there are still too many administrative, cultural and linguistic obstacles. Recognising these constraints, the European Union’s Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) has set aside more than €1.5 billion for a series of specific actions aimed at galvanising researcher mobility.

The Marie Curie Actions have been designed to facilitate the free movement of researchers across a borderless Europe and dismantle the invisible frontiers that tend to tie researchers down.

This special supplement provides a rundown of these mobility initiatives which help researchers with everything they need to get moving. This ranges from a special web portal for locating training and job opportunities, to special centres that help them find their bearings in their host country, as well as special reintegration initiatives for when they return home. It also outlines EU-funded mobility grant and award schemes for organisations and researchers.

    
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