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104th DOG Annual Meeting

21. - 24.09.2006, Berlin

Integrated approach to the promotion of young academics in vision research at a European level

Integrativer Ansatz der Nachwuchsförderung in der Augenheilkunde auf Europäischer Ebene

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  • T. H. Wheeler-Schilling - University Eye Hospital Tuebingen, Research Management Unit, Tuebingen

Deutsche Ophthalmologische Gesellschaft e.V.. 104. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Ophthalmologischen Gesellschaft (DOG). Berlin, 21.-24.09.2006. Düsseldorf, Köln: German Medical Science; 2006. Doc06dogDO.17.06

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Published: September 18, 2006

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The European Commission predicts a dramatic dearth of researchers and physicians in the near future. At the same time highly qualified and motivated Human Resources form the only guarantee for the further development of scientific knowledge for research and clinics. This situation calls for an Integrated Approach to the Promotion of Young Academics in Eye and Vision Research at a European Level. The Marie Curie Program of the European Union is an ideal tool, which can be used particularly efficiently in vision research to promote international networking and dedicated advancement of young academics. The exemplary chances and opportunities of this strategy can be demonstrated through six specific measures of the University Eye Hospital in Tübingen. In particular, strictly defined medical areas will need to fully exploit their innovation potential in the future in order to secure their position in the global research area or even to expand it. New organisational concepts and long-term career options, as well as a clear acknowledgment of cutting-edge merits are the prerequisites for the effective promotion of young academics.