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Thursday, November 6, 2003

First EU Marie Curie Awards in recognition of world-class achievements in European research

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News European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin presented today the first ever Marie Curie Excellence Awards to five outstanding European researchers, as part of the Marie Curie Week (3-15 November)

The ceremony was organised by the Free University of Brussels. The Awards, amounting to €50,000 each, are one of the novelties of the €20 billion 6th EU Research Framework Program (FP6 2002-2006) and aim to boost the career of world-class researchers by contributing to their international recognition. The prizes are awarded to top researchers who, with the aid of EU “Marie Curie” fellowships and grants , achieve significant research breakthroughs. This year's winners are Paola Barbara Arimondo (United Kingdom), for her work on cancer research, Daniel Bonn (The Netherlands), for his work on complex fluids, Letitia Fernanda Cugliandolo (Argentina) for her work on equilibrium dynamics, Marco Dorigo (Italy), for his work on ants' organization, and Luis Serrano Pubull (Spain), for his work on biological systems. Since the launch of the European Research Area in January 2000, the European Commission has placed mobility and the career development of researchers at the heart of its strategy to enhance the EU attractiveness to researchers and combat brain drain. The Sixth Framework Programme for Research (FP6 2002-2006) devotes for the first time almost 10% of its budget to funding schemes in support of the training, mobility and career development of researchers, namely € 1,6 billion out of a total of € 20 billion.

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