Previous Awardees Meetings
The HFSP Awardees Meetings were started in 2001 to allow grant and fellowship holders to meet and exchange ideas, as well as to report on the work performed with HFSP funds. The increasing convergence on interest in biology from scientists in different disciplines makes it essential to bring together researchers in a broader forum than is normally offered by more specialised conferences. The wide range of subjects supported by HFSP’s grant and fellowship programs provides an excellent opportunity to facilitate such cross-fertilisation of interests and the annual meeting now has a firm place in the HFSP calendar.
The meetings are hosted by the member countries of the HFSPO. At the beginning only awardees in the last year of their awards were invited, but the positive feedback from participants was so great that all current awardees are now invited. In addition, the meetings provide members of HFSPO’s Board of Trustees, Council of Scientists and Review Committees an excellent opportunity to see the results of the Program. Our ultimate hope is that the personal contacts initiated at these meetings will lead to the creation a vibrant global network of scientists open to ideas from different fields. So far meetings have been held in the following locations: Strasbourg, France in 2013, Daegu, Republic of Korea in 2012, Montreal, Canada in 2011, Kerala, India in 2010, Tokyo, Japan in 2009, Berlin, Germany in 2008, Twin Waters, Queensland, Australia in 2007, Paris, France in 2006, Bethesda, USA in 2005, Hakone, Japan in 2004, Cambridge, UK in 2003, Ottawa, Canada in 2002, Turin, Italy in 2001.