improve the position of the group in the European scientific area increasing competitiveness
The ToK action strengthened the field of structural biology enhancing the approaches applied from in vitro only to both in vitro and in silico. The timeliness for this is of particular importance since Greece is trying to convince the national decision makers that structural biology is an emerging field in the country that needs to be supported further in the frame of EU ESFRI actions such as INSTRUCT. This work paved the way increasing national competitiveness in this field and create more job opportunities like the one that the MER himself exploited giving options for contract renewal
It is only through such a scheme that researchers can spend sufficient time in the host and allow the mutual transfer of knowledge. Secondments are always beneficial but longer term appointments are preferable for this kind of work. The fellow employed under this scheme had a unique opportunity to join efforts with our group members, learn more about the biochemical and structural characterization of macromolecular complexes with X-ray protein crystallography and address our research needs.
The contribution of Dr. George Archontis, partner in the project was also vast considering that he had been in close collaboration with the MER following his work progress and also discussing scientific issues that were raised during the implementation of the project having an advisory role. His constructive input also in the preparation of manuscripts was major giving new insights in the results produced.
Overall, the MER has set a successful example of how an experienced researcher can get established in a country different than his home country and contribute effectively to the activities of a research group promoting science and increasing competitiveness. In addition the previous experience and mobility record of the researcher prove to have been beneficial for him considering that he easily adjusted to the new working environment. This allowed him to work efficiently and without distractions or delays and helped him pursue a career for 3 more years in the same country. In fact, Dr. Hayes is still employed in our group in the frame of another EU programme (FP7-REGPOT) and still contributes to our activities promoting the groups' efforts.