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EMBO-led delegation of European researchers to meet with Indian scientists and academic leaders


Inauguration of EMBO Global Exchange in India – a programme that promotes scientific collaboration and circulation of researchers across borders


Bangalore, India, 10 December 2010 – A seven-member delegation of European life scientists led by Nobel laureate Sir Tim Hunt, former Chair of the EMBO Council, will visit nine academic institutes across India during six days of meetings, from 3 to 8 January, in Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune.


“We look forward to creating more opportunities for scientists in India to connect and collaborate with European researchers,” said Maria Leptin, EMBO Director. “Indiaʼs investment in research and infrastructure development is allowing scientific talent to flourish. This inaugural visit to India will connect Indian and European researchers and help to establish EMBO Global Exchange in India.”


The visit will begin on 3 January 2011 at the 98th Indian Science Congress in Chennai, where Venki Ramakrishnan, Nobel Prize winning Indian-American researcher based in the UK, will join the delegation. Two members of the delegation are invited speakers at the congress: Venki Ramakrishnan and Tim Hunt. Other delegation members include Silvia Arber, Piet Borst, Maria Leptin, Vivek Malhotra and Benny Shilo.


Following meetings with Indian science leaders during the 98th Indian Science Congress, the delegation will conduct a lecture tour to mark the initiation of activities in India by the EMBO Global Exchange programme.


EMBO Global Exchange operates bilaterally with lecture tours of Indian researchers to European academic institutes and Europeans to India.


“Scientific advances happen through vibrant collaborations, not in isolation. It is vital for researchers in India and Europe to make strong connections with each other for exchange of PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and senior scientists. In a period of rapid growth of science in India, excellence can emerge through this churning of our investment,” said K. VijayRaghavan from the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute, in Bangalore, an associate member of EMBO who is assisting with local coordination of the delegationʼs visit.


Accompanying the delegation will be Anne-Marie Glynn, manager of EMBO Global Exchange, and Gerlind Wallon, deputy director of EMBO.


LECTURE TOUR ITINERARY (may be subject to change – please confirm before making travel plans)

3 January – Chennai, 98th India Science Congress, SRM University
Invited speakers: Venki Ramakrishnan, Tim Hunt

4 January – Pune, National Centre for Cell Science (NCCS)
Speakers: Piet Borst, Benny Shilo

4 January – New Delhi, National Institute of Immunology (NII)
Speakers: Tim Hunt, Maria Leptin

5 January – Pune, Indian Institute of Science Education & Research (IISER)
Speakers: Piet Borst, Benny Shilo

5 January – New Delhi, International Centre for Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology (ICGEB)
Speakers: Tim Hunt, Maria Leptin, Vivek Malhotra

6 January – Mumbai, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)
Speakers: Piet Borst, Vivek Malhotra, Benny Shilo

6 January – Mumbai, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR)
Speakers: Silvia Arber, Tim Hunt, Maria Leptin

7 January – Bangalore, Indian Institute of Science (IIS)
Speakers: Silvia Arber, Piet Borst

7 January – Bangalore, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR)
Speakers: Tim Hunt, Maria Leptin, Vivek Malhotra

8 January – Bangalore, National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Tata Institute
Speakers: Silvia Arber, Piet Borst, Tim Hunt, Maria Leptin, Vivek Malhotra



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