Implementation of Copenhagen Plant Science Centre
Excellent research is created within research groups by dedicated researchers and Copenhagen Plant Science Centre (CPSC) will facilitate this. The aim of CPSC is to attract and support excellent research groups and to further inspire existing research environments. Location within the centre facilitates and inspires group interactions and facilitates new cross-disciplinary research initiatives. To do this, the following initiatives are proposed.
The best way to reach longer-term (10-15 years) CPSC goals is to competitively employ the best researchers who will be productive over the next generation. In addition, CPSC will need a social dimension to foster inter-disciplinarily and collaborations across research groups and faculties. The following three initiatives are designed to reach these goals.
CPSC Excellence programme
To establish, within the next 5 years, 3-4 start-up and/or consolidator grants for excellent younger researchers (less than 45 years old). Each grant can be requested by internal or external applicants to establish or consolidate research groups within CPSC.
Applications will be evaluated by an international review panel. Successful applicants will be required to establish a PhD course or a Summer School course, and are also expected to contribute to teaching in other courses offered at the University of Copenhagen. It is expected that 1-2 of these start-up/consolidator grant holders later will qualify for future excellence programmes at the University of Copenhagen and other major grants from external sources such as the Danish National Research Foundation and European Research Council.
Strengthening the culture for scientific and social events
To stimulate exchange of ideas, knowledge, technologies and research strategies within CPSC, monthly seminars will be established. These seminars will include 2-3 talks followed by social activities. This forum should also be used to create networks with research groups outside CPSC. An organizing committee will be established and the necessary funding provided.