EU/US Research and Education Workshop

Internationalization of Research and Graduate Studies and its Implications in the Transatlantic Context

bridges vol. 19, October 2008 / Noteworthy Information

In today's globalized economy, science careers are becoming increasingly international and the marketplace for science and technology talents stretches beyond national boundaries. Universities and research institutes worldwide are addressing these developments by setting up exchange programs, double and/or joint degrees, as well as foreign campuses. Several EU/US cooperation schemes are already promoting the training and mobility of researchers and are likely to be developed further in the future. The EU/US Research and Education Workshop, to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, November 17-18, will address issues relating to the internationalization of research and higher education.

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Confirmed Participants:  
Nobel Prize winner P. Agre · Johns Hopkins University

B. Belloc · Adviser to French President Sarkozy

J. Chambaz · University Pierre and Marie Curie

N. Federoff · US Department of State

G. Kalonji · University of California

L. Leijonborg · Swedish Minister for Education and Research

J. McIntyre · Georgia Tech

P. Omling · Swedish Research Council

R. Verko · Slovenian Ministry of Science and Education

I. Wilhelm · Czech Council for R&D


The central part of the workshop will be dedicated to discussions in four concurrent groups. In addition, there will be plenary sessions with keynote lectures and a final concluding session. The central themes to be discussed are:

  • How can we stimulate the development of transatlantic degrees that would attract more talented young people into science careers?
  • What innovative curricula are needed to prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers to engage in global R&D careers?
  • What scientist mobility schemes can best contribute to building lasting transatlantic networks of excellence?
  • How can the transatlantic mobility of scientists best contribute to innovation in a global context?

will include scientists with personal experience doing research abroad, and research leaders and policy makers at universities, research institutes, companies, ministries, agencies, and research promotion organizations concerned with international exchange of researchers. Janez Potočnik, the EU Commissioner for Science & Research, and Valérie Pécresse, the French Minister for Higher Education & Research, will address participants via video. Among the speakers are Peter Agre, Nobel Prize winner; Helen Routh, Vice President of Philips Research; Lars Leijonborg, the Swedish Minister for Research and Education; Arden Bement, Director of the National Science Foundation; and Nina Fedoroff, Science Adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State. The total number of participants is expected to be around 200 persons.

The workshop is organized by the French Presidency of the European Union in cooperation with the US Department of State, the US Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Delegation of the EC, the French, Czech, Slovenian, and Swedish Embassies, and the other 23 EU Embassies in Washington.

For further information on the conference, or if you are interested in attending, please send your 100-word application with subject line ATLANTA 2008 to DELEGATION-USA-RSVP[at] or visit