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Seven life scientists get research boost to set up in Europe

Heidelberg, December 2008 - Seven talented life science researchers will receive the 2008 EMBO Installation Grants, assisting them to relocate and set up their research groups in the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Poland, Portugal and Turkey. These seven scientists are the third group of awardees since the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) introduced the scheme in 2006.

EMBO Installation Grants are awarded annually and aim to strengthen science in selected member states of the EMBC, the EMBO intergovernmental funding body. The EMBC Member States hosting the grantees finance the grants entirely. EMBC Member States participating in the scheme include Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Poland, Portugal and Turkey. Each scientist receives 50,000 euro annually for three to five years to help them establish their groups and themselves in the European scientific community. Grantees are integrated into the prestigious EMBO Young Investigator network, providing networking opportunities with some of Europe’s best young group leaders and a range of career development programmes. “We welcome these seven talented researchers to the EMBO community as recipients of the 2008 EMBO Installation Grants,” said Hermann Bujard, EMBO Director. “They represent a promising scientific future for the countries receiving them and for Europe as a whole. The secure financial backing of their host countries plus the active interest and support of EMBO will foster their scientific and professional development.” A committee of EMBO Members selected the successful candidates for the high standard of their research. By bringing this level of scientific talent into the participating countries, EMBO hopes to improve the competitiveness of these countries in European science. One of the seven grantees will establish a research group in the Czech Republic, one in Estonia, two in Hungary, one in Poland, one in Portugal and one in Turkey. Three scientists will move from positions in the USA, two will move from the UK, one from Sweden and one from Switzerland. The next application deadline for EMBO Installation Grants is 15 April 2009. Martin Anger, Czech Republic Viljar Jaks, Estonia Attila Gacser, Hungary Rita Sinka, Hungary Tomasz Guzik, Poland Tiago Outeiro, Portugal Ertugrul Kilic, Turkey The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) promotes excellence in molecular life sciences in Europe by recognising and fostering talented scientists. Since 1964, leading scientists are elected annually to become EMBO Members based on proven excellence in research. Members number more than 1300 today. Forty-eight scientists from the EMBO membership have received the Nobel Prize. More than half of the EMBO Members are involved in guiding the execution of the many EMBO initiatives offered to life scientists and significantly impact the direction of European life sciences. Leading peer-reviewed journals – The EMBO Journal, EMBO reports and Molecular Systems Biology – span a broad spectrum of topics of molecular biology and reflect how science is shaping the world. A new journal from early 2009, EMBO Molecular Medicine, will publish original research offering molecular insight into the cellular and systemic processes underlying human disease. EMBO funding, training and networking activities impact thousands of scientists every year, promoting collaboration in all areas of molecular biology – within its 27 member states, in Europe and neighbouring countries, and worldwide. EMBO is renowned for the quality and funding of these programmes and activities that include EMBO Courses & Workshops, EMBO Fellowships, EMBO Young Investigator Programme, EMBO Science & Society Programme, EMBO Installation Grants and EMBO Women in Science. Annual awards, such as the EMBO Gold Medal, recognise significant contributions of European researchers to the advancement of science. The EMBO Meeting advances the life sciences, attracting around 2000 life scientists to an annual scientific programme full of the latest research across a number of fields.For more information:


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