EU research commissioner Philippe Busquin launched a new initiative this week that aims to make it easier for researchers and their families to move around Europe. The commissioner hopes that making the everyday life of "mobile" scientists easier will increase the attractiveness of Europe for research.

The official launch of the European Network of Mobility Centres was made at a 2-day event entitled "Brain Drain, Brain Gain: New Challenges" that opened in Paris on Tuesday (June 29).

The network will consist of 200 centers in 33 countries throughout Europe and beyond. These centers will act as social translation centers, offering researchers who have moved outside their home country assistance with housing, schooling, languages, social security, and more.

"The hermetic nature of the current structures is one of the greatest menaces to the attractiveness of the European Union," said Busquin at the launch. "The real challenge of attractiveness—and through it the...

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