In 2004 the EMBL International PhD Programme (EIPP) was awarded a European Community grant to support predoctoral training at all five EMBL sites. The project received the acronym E-STAR (Early Stage Training in Advanced Life Science Research Across Europe).

Early Stage Training (EST) is one of the EC's Marie Curie Actions and promotes excellence in European research training and mobility for young researchers undertaking a doctoral degree. 18 ESR (Early Stage Researchers) from EMBL, 10 female and 8 male, from 12 different countries were selected to become Marie Curie Fellows and were financed by the European Community's 6th Framework Programme (FP6).

From the very beginning, all 18 E-STAR predocs demonstrated considerable commitment to the project. Doctoral degrees, 25 publications in international scientific journals and the new partnership to the European Learning Laboratory for Life Sciences (ELLS) highlight the success of the overall project.

Grant contract number: MEST-CT-2004-504640
Project duration: May 2004 - April 2008
Project Officers: Graham Wilkie and Vanessa Debiais-Sainton
Project Coordinator: Anne Ephrussi, EMBL ( and Matthias Hentze, EMBL (
Project Management: Britta Schläger, kobris (

We wish to thank all EMBL departments and units in Heidelberg and the four outstations in Grenoble, Hamburg, Hinxton and Monterotondo, who supported the PhD Programme to make this a successful project.

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