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Network of European Neuroscience Institutes

Final Report Summary - ENINET (Network of European Neuroscience Institutes)

The European Neuroscience Network was created to support young investigators in the neuroscience field and bring them together on a European-wide basis. The project's main objectives are to support and encourage the scientific exchange between the different groups and institutes, to support training and scientific discussion through workshops and meetings, to promote young neuroscientists early in their independence, to create common standards throughout Europe, to increase the mobility of neuroscientists by supporting collaborations, laboratory visits and to transfer neuroscience techniques.

Reviewing the development of the project from its start in November 2005 until the end in May 2010 the goals of the network to provide a stimulating platform for young investigators in order to support them in their independent work can be regarded as entirely attained. In fact, the ENINET has developed into a fruitful, dynamic and steadily growing network, which really serves its purpose.

The goal of the network is a major impact on the quality of research in the neurosciences field achieved through an improvement in the career structure of young scientists. The neurosciences address some of the most challenging objectives in our steadily aging societies. Brain diseases, particularly neurodegenerative diseases, already represent a considerable social and economical burden in European efforts. Tackling these growing future problems depends heavily on creative contributions of young investigators. It is therefore a 'must' to attract the best young scientists and retain them within Europe. In recognition of this important need, 23 major European neuroscience institutes formed ENINET dedicated to the promotion of the independent work of young investigators. The network provides an excellent platform for the young investigator groups to interact, provide access to advanced instrumentation, and receive support on both scientific and administrative problems. It monitors and disseminates good practice in the organisational handling of independent young groups.

The network strongly encourages mobility in order to support the transfer of knowledge, expertise and techniques. It comprises young neuroscientists from different fields creating and interdisciplinary forum, which fosters collaborations across fields, ultimately leading to the development of new methods and techniques. All in all, the following objectives of the network have been achieved: creating interdisciplinary fora, sharing knowledge and expertise, developing new techniques and training young neuroscientists.