EMBO and Chinese Academy of Sciences join efforts in the area of the life sciences

agreed to fund visits of young European researchers to Chinese laboratories for two weeks to six months. "These visits will allow scientists to establish new collaborations and enhance existing partnerships between European and Chinese laboratories," explains Mary Gannon, EMBO World Programme Manager.

Together, EMBO and CAS are working towards setting up a recognised screening process for Chinese life science researchers who wish to visit European laboratories. "It is important for Chinese scientists who apply to European laboratories to be correctly evaluated. This is the only way we can ensure that the visiting scientists and the host laboratory will mutually benefit from their interactions with each other," says Mary Gannon.

Building on the scientific co-operation that has been ongoing with China since 1998, CAS and EMBO will organize joint scientific events such as workshops and practical courses. These events will be similar to the meetings currently running under the EMBO Courses and Workshop Programme in Europe. Over the years, these have proven to be very successful in training young scientists and establishing research contacts.

The two organizations have agreed to review their collaboration within two years. If the measures taken prove successful and beneficial for both sides, the agreement will be renewed in 2004 and every two years thereafter.


Contact: Ellen Peerenboom
European Molecular Biology Laboratory

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