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.