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Multidisciplinary training in evo-devo and neurobiology of marine animal models

Objective

NEPTUNE will train a new generation of biologists through cutting edge research on marine animal models. The network unites 8 leading European labs with complementary expertise in evolutionary developmental biology (EvoDevo), bioinformatics, functional neurobiology, and palaeontology; four leading visiting researchers from Europe and the US; a full partner from industry, Sigma-Aldrich, specialised in advanced genetic manipulation technology; and, as associate partner, a leading manufacturer of microscopy systems, Carl Zeiss MicroImaging GmbH.
The transfer of state-of-art technologies - genetic manipulation, next generation sequencing and imaging - to a range of marine species has opened the possibility of addressing major unsolved questions in evolution and functional neurobiology of marine larvae. Modern marine science provides a unique and exciting context for high level, multidisciplinary and intersectorial research training.
NEPTUNE fellows will be trained in diverse reverse genetics and imaging techniques in new marine animal models, and will apply these to research topics ranging from the evolution of larval body plans to the characterization of visual and other sensory systems. They will explore the genetic basis for evolutionary change embedded in a strong evolutionary conceptual framework.. Fellows will benefit from opportunities to work in an industrial setting and to collaborate with the private sector partners.
The network will provide a structured environment for training by research, targeted intra- and intersectorial secondments, mentoring and career guidance, and for development of complementary skills (science communication, management, mansucript/grant writing, presentation and outreach). The network will provide training and expertise through annual graduate schools and 4 Marine Station-based summer courses with industry participation open to the broader community, continuing a tradition of excellence already established by the partners.

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN
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Coordinator

EUROPEAN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LABORATORY
Address
Meyerhofstrasse 1
69117 Heidelberg
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 664 429,70
Administrative Contact
Sonja Noss (Ms.)

Participants (7)

STAZIONE ZOOLOGICA ANTON DOHRN
Italy
EU contribution
€ 302 697,45
Address
Villa Comunale
80121 Napoli
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Giosuè Zurzolo (Dr.)
UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 261 575,16
Address
Von Kraemers Alle 4
751 05 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Cristina Malm (Ms.)
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 473 790,90
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Antje Lemper-Rupp
UCL Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Institute for Women’s Health
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 357 970,80
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Giles Machell (Mr.)
UNI RESEARCH AS
Norway
Address
Nygardsgaten 112
5008 Bergen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Arne Sivert Svindland (Mr.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 579 734,49
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Sophie Deschaintres (Ms.)
UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN
Norway
EU contribution
€ 701 228,56
Address
Museplassen 1
5020 Bergen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Helen Bjelland