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EICOS "Hands-on Laboratory" for journalists: Application deadline extended till April 10, 2006

15.03.2006 - (idw) Max-Planck-Institut für biophysikalische Chemie

The 'European Initiative for Communicators of Science' (EICOS) has now extended application deadline for its "Hands-on Laboratory". Journalists are invited to join scientists in their lab for experiments in the broader field of molecular biology and to discuss the topics of their research. The next "Hands-on Laboratory" will be in Göttingen, Germany, from 10th to 17th of June 2006. EICOS, the 'European Initiative for Communicators of Science', invites journalists from European countries into its "Hands-on Laboratory" and to the "Extended Assignments". The programme is aimed at journalists with a wide range of backgrounds and interests who wish to gather first-hand experience of techniques of molecular biology, to discuss their wider implications for the society with researchers, to gain contacts for future stories, and to meet colleagues from different media and different countries. At the heart of the programme is the "Hands-on Laboratory", conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany. Journalists spend eight days working with scientists on actual projects, using state-of-the-art molecular biology methods. During evening events, journalists are encouraged to discuss issues of public understanding of science with researchers and with their colleagues. A social programme provides opportunities to enjoy Göttingen and its surroundings.

The next "Hands-on Laboratory" will take place from June 10th to June 17th 2006. Following the "Hands-on Laboratory" journalists are encouraged to spend up to two weeks in an "Extended Laboratory Assignment" in which they are invited into selected laboratories of the Max Planck Institute in Göttingen as well as other leading research institutions in Europe.

All costs of the programme, including board and travel of the journalists are borne by EICOS.

Professional journalists from any European country (including Israel) and working for any print or electronic media can apply, including freelancers. Scientific background is not required, and generalists with an interest in research are also encouraged to apply. Reasonable competence in English is, however, mandatory, as all activities are carried out in English.

Deadline has now been extended till April 10th, 2006.

Application form and further information from: or:
Dr. Ulrich Kuhnt
Tel: +49 (0)551/201-1646
Fax: +49(0)551/201-1075
Weitere Informationen: - EICOS Homepage - Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
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