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New network for European researchers abroad

From 2013, the "EURAXESS Links" network will also be active in Brazil: it will help European researchers there to establish contact with one another and to remain in contact with Europe. At the same time, cooperations with the host country are to be encouraged and contacts established for Europe as a research location. With Brazil, the network will gain a sixth location alongside the USA, Japan, China, India and the ASEAN states. The Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission has now commissioned the "Project Management Agency in the German Aerospace Center (DLR)" with supervision of the network.

EURAXESS Links informs its members of transnational cooperation, career opportunities in Europe, research funding and European research policy. It offers an interactive internet platform, newsletter, research database and regular networking events. Moreover, with the "Information Officer", there is also a local contact in each country. The overseas network works closely with the European EURAXESS Service Centre, which supports researchers as early as the preparation phase for their stay abroad.

With expansion of the network, efficient management will also be increasingly important. Hence the Project Management Agency in the German Aerospace Center (DLR) was commissioned with coordination of the five existing networks, quality management and the development of the new network in Brazil in November 2012. The Project Management Agency applied for this role within the scope of a European call for tender. In its mandate, the European Commission justifies its decision in favour of the Project Management Agency with their "very good knowledge of the international research landscape" in addition to "very good tools for quality assurance and control". Dr. Gerold Heinrichs, who is responsible for supervision of the network at the Project Management Agency, explains: "Besides our many years of experience in international education and research cooperations, we have close links with both German and international scientists and organisations."

Background information

On behalf of the European Commission, the EURAXESS umbrella organisation supports the mobility of European researchers with various service facilities, and is to reinforce Europe as an outstanding research location. The idea behind this is that mobility can also be used as an instrument for the transfer of scientific knowledge. The EURAXESS Service Centre is the first point of contact for researchers planning a stay abroad. More than 200 centres located in 40 European countries help researchers and their families to plan and organise their move and everyday life overseas. EURAXESS Links complements this on the non-European level (<www.euraxess.de/portal/networks_abroad.html>).

With around 950 employees, 10,200 projects and management of research funds totalling in excess of one billion euros every year, the Project Management Agency in the German Aerospace Center (DLR) is the largest project management agency in Germany. One of its fields of focus lies in international research funding for the working areas of health research, the environment and sustainability, information technology, technical innovation, research into shaping of the work environment, and culture and education research (<www.pt-dlr.de>).

Press contact:

Petra Richter Tel.: +49 (0)2203 601-3582 Petra.Richter@dlr.de

Project Management Agency in the German Aerospace Center (DLR) Public Relations Linder Höhe, 51147 Cologne, Germany

idw :: 20.11.2012