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Work plan descriptionThe work has been divided into 9 workpackages, taking into account a consideration that the suitable activity of the Centre requires a broad exchange of researchers, both senior and junior ones (WP1 and WP2), sometimes a support for outstanding young scientists from Central and Eastern Europe (WP3). We had such examples from the recent four years; four pre-doctorate fellows from Lithuania, Belarus, and Ukraine, and three 3-month post-doctorate fellows from the countries mentioned above were trained in our Institute. It is very important to acquire European experience also in Western countries, therefore such activities are planned as visiting other Centres (WP4), workshops at the Centre (WP5), organizing international conferences (WP6), European networking (WP7), summer and winter schools for younger researchers but with participation of eminent Western lecturers (WP8). This intensive activity should be co-ordinated and carried out with a small staff, the majority of which will be not paid from the project, save for a permanent secretary who should be paid.
It is easy to see that the workpackages contain diverse subject themes but performed within one mode of action. This fact will introduce an order in the Centre activities and enable easy reporting. The experience acquired over time will be collected and arranged in a clear and transparent way.
A strong integration with the European Research Area is necessary. Making closer contacts with several CoE from EU and CC countries is planned. Eminent representatives of forest science rfom several institutes have been invited to the Supervisory Board for coordination. We have close contacts with the Research Institute of Forestry and Game Management from Prague (Czech Republic) and with the Landesforstanstalt Eberswalde (Germany). Four agreements of co-operation were signed and the common work could be supported.
The Centre has ambitions to be a leading training center for postgraduate and Ph.D. studies in the domain of forest protection respective to priorities of the 6th Framework Programme. Summer and winter schools on forest genetics and soil and water science will be carried out at participation of outstanding European specialists. A system of Marie Curie grants will be supported for the benefit of young and advanecd scientists. A harmonization of basic research with application work for forest industry will be established, together with education of higher staff of Forest Service.
The Centre will enter into direct co-operaion with the Directorate General of State Forests for supporting the performance of forest protection goals. We plan to organize in the years 2003-2005 three international conferences. Paralelly with them several broker sessions will be held devoted to making contacts with European networks for preparing joint research projects and co-operation in network of excellence.
In co-operation with the National Contact Point, the Centre will train its own staff and the network members in preparing joint projects and performing them within Framework Programmes. A Local Contact Point of the 6th Framework Programme will be established for carrying out the information and training activity for all workers of science and educated practice. The work of the Centre will not only bring out our Institute on broader European arena but also enable researchers from abroad to benefit from our experience at present and in longer future.
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