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“Austrian Champions in European Research” – red carpet for successful Austrian FP7-coordinators

Exceptional research merits special recognition: In order to honour successful Austrian coordinators of projects funded by the Seventh European Framework Programme (FP7), the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)/Division of European and International Programmes has established a special tribute to put these “Austrian Champions in Research” into the spotlight.

4 December 2008 - 4 December 2008
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On December 4th, 30 Austrian FP7 coordinators will be celebrated as “Austrian Champions in European Research” at a ceremony in the presence of the Austrian Federal Minister for Science and Research, Dr. Johannes Hahn, in Vienna. They will have the opportunity to shortly present their projects, thereby encouraging “high-potential” newcomers to get involved in FP7.
Sabine Herlitschka, Director of the Division of European and International Programmes at FFG, Coordinating Austrian National Contact Point (NCP) and initiator of this new activity stresses the importance of successful examples as role models in the tough competition in FP7. The “Austrian Champions in European Research” ceremony will take place once a year and will be one element of special tailor-made services provided for Austrian coordinators and partners in FP7.

In a tribute to the current French Council Presidency, Jean-Pierre Broyart on behalf of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research and Paul Jamet, French Coordinating NCP for FP7 will present key aspects of research during the French Presidency and potentials for cooperation between Austria and France. As French NCPs for most of FP7 themes will be present at the event, intense networking is intended between the Austrian scientific community and the French representatives.

Generally, the “Austrian Champions in European Research” event provides an excellent forum for networking amongst all Austrian FP7 coordinators. They allow for exchange of experiences across scientific areas, as already proven at the occasion of the first event of this kind in April 2008For further information, please visit: http://rp7.ffg.at/austrianchampions08_ehrung0408