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The proposal to establish a European Institute of Technology was first put forward by the Commission in its 2005 Spring Report as an integral part of the revised Lisbon Strategy which has placed innovation, research and education activities at the top of the Growth and Jobs Agenda. On 18 October 2006 the Commission adopted the proposal to establish a European Institute of Technology (EIT). The Commission is proposing an integrated, two-level structure for the EIT that combines both a top-down and a bottom-up approach: • The EIT itself, overseen by a Governing Board (GB): the legal entity that will be the EIT will consist of the GB and a very limited number of around 60 scientific and support staff. The GB will be composed of a balanced, representative group of 15 high-profile people from business and the scientific community, plus 4 further Members representing staff and students from the EIT and its Knowledge and Innovation Communities. It will be responsible for setting the overall strategic priorities of the EIT and for selecting Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) to address them. It will evaluate their progress towards agreed objectives and coordinate their work in the strategic areas concerned. • Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs): The KICs are the defining characteristic of the EIT; based on, but going beyond a network approach, they are joint-ventures of partner organisations representing universities, research organisations and businesses who come together to form an integrated partnership in response to calls for proposals from the EIT. Their objectives will be laid down on a contractual basis with the EIT, but they will have a high level of autonomy in terms of how they organise themselves and how they achieve the agreed objectives. They will fully integrate the innovation, research and education dimensions.


Very often the press presents this 'brain drain' as a largely negative phenomenon, yet as Georges Bingen of the European Commission's DG Research pointed out, researcher mobility brings many benefits. 'Brain circulation can be extremely beneficial,' he said. 'It transfers knowledge and opens up connections, and this is why the Commission encourages mobility outside Europe.' He cautioned that mobility was a problem in cases where there was a systematic reluctance to return; where the best talents were disproportionately affected; and where there was no compensation from incoming brains.


She Figures 2006 is the second publication of selected EU employment statistics disaggregated by sex and supplemented by certain other complementary data, which provide illuminating perspectives on the current employment situation of male and female scientists and researchers.

 

She Figures 2006 shows that women remain a minority among researchers in the EU (29% in 2003, a slight increase from 27% in 1999), but that the number of women in research is increasing (plus 4%, compared to 2.4% for men). This represents an increase of some 140,000 researchers in the period, of which 39% were women. While this indicates a continued positive trend overall, we should not forget that women remain underrepresented in science, especially in leading positions.

 

An e-netowrk has been established to encourage inter-disciplinary dialoge between researchers and professionals. Members are encouraged to share information about calls for papers, fellowships, graduate programs, publications, websites, summer schools, internships etc. throughout Europe. Contact: Murat Cemrek, PhD E-mail: e-nass-subscribe@yahoogroups.comInternet: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/e-nass/


The mission of the Regional Contact Points is to increase the participation of accession countries and new member states in the 6th Framework Programme. Source: REGinNET website.


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