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“Destination Europe” Comes to Washington, DC!

Are you a researcher in the US? Are you looking for opportunities to do a PhD, engage in post-doctoral research or take up a high-tech job in the health or biomedical domain? Are you willing to look at Europe as a destination?If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then read on! We have options to offer you!

But first, you might be interested to know that a hundred people just like you gathered on Friday April 11, 2013 in Washington, DC at a “Destination Europe” event dedicated to health research. Participants were treated to presentations, videos and personal testimonials about the rich variety of opportunities available on the European scene. The event was organized by the European Commission and the EU Member States, in partnership with the European Institute and the Embassy of Ireland.

A warm welcome by the Ambassador of the European Union to the United States, H.E. João Vale de Almeida and by the Ambassador of the Republic of Ireland, H.E. Michael Collins, was followed by a wealth of  information on funding and support provided by organizations from all over Europe. Speakers addressed research and innovation related to the life sciences and biomedical research, showcasing offerings for both new and experienced researchers that are available in Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Poland and Spain and in the European Union as a whole. Highlighted European-level support included grants from the European Research Council and the Marie Curie Actions for mobility and training, as well as the EURAXESS placement and networking services.

Conference delegates mingled with presenters over lunch at the event venue – the prestigious Cosmos Club on Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC. Following the main presentations, networking continued at a reception generously hosted on the premises of the Irish Embassy.

Although this was the first event dedicated to health research, it was in fact the fourth Destination Europe conference in the United States, aimed at promoting Europe as a vibrant and attractive environment for research and innovation. The series was launched in January 2012 by the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn in Boston, MA. Other events were held in December 2012 in San Francisco, CA and in February 2013 in Cambridge, MA.

Further information on the initiative and presentations from this event are available on the Destination Europe website at: and