In a joint initiative, the European Molecular Biology
Organization (EMBO) and the Howard
Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
support young independent scientists in Central
Europe, namely in the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary and Poland.
The initiative is linked with the EMBO Young
Investigator Programme. The Programme offers a number of benefits
that help young group leaders to establish a reputation as
excellent scientists. The EMBO mentorship programme, the EMBO Young
Investigator lectures, the opportunity to submit a review to EMBO
Reports and the participation at the yearly EMBO Members meeting are
aimed at augmenting the international scientific reputation of the
members of the programme.
In support of this activity EMBO and HHMI hold annual
meetings in the different Central European member states. The
first meeting took place in Warsaw in May 2003, the second in Prague in February
2004. The third EMBO/HHMI meeting of Central European Scientists
will take place in Budapest. The aim of this meeting is to foster
networking within these communities, to provide a forum for
discussion of science politics and to inform the communities about
international initiatives in support of science in Central Europe.
The programme will include keynote research seminars by
distinguished EMBO/HHMI-affiliated scientists, lectures by invited
participants, oral presentations of young researchers selected on the
merit of their abstracts, a poster session, presentations and
discussion with representatives of international funding agencies and
a panel discussion with representatives from Central European
Life Scientists from Central Europe are invited to attend.
EMBO/HHMI is offering travel and accommodation grants to selected