“Host Microbe Interactions in Health and Disease: Interface with the
Immune System” is an Initial Training Network (ITN) Program funded by
the European Union Marie Curie Actions.
academic and private sector institutions based in three European
countries (France, Spain, Italy) participate in this project. In
addition collaboration with an array of European academic and private
associated partners was established during life time of the project.
was designed as an advanced education and research program meant to
train junior investigators possessing medical and/or scientific
educational backgrounds to become future leading scientists in academic
institutions, private companies, or administration.
successfully trained ten early-stage researchers providing them with
scientific and complementary skills education within a
multidisciplinary, international and intersectorial (academic-private)
environment. Now all ten students are finishing their PhD diploma and
will become in next months independent researchers and pursue their
carrier in academic and private research sectors.
HOMIN Objectives were successfully achieved. All ten students participating in the program have obtained:
Scientific education through the study of host-microbe interactions,
particularly focusing on immune responses and vaccine development.
Students have worked on cutting-edge scientific projects on subjects in
which the HOMIN partners are renown international leaders.
2. an exceptional nurturing environment through an academic-private sector
laboratory network composed of academic partners and companies of
different sizes and activities. This collaborative scientific
environmentallowed to our junior investigators to appreciate research in
both the academic and the private sector, and create their connections
at the European level. It also gave them numerous opportunities for
scientific communication and networking at the European and
an array of complementary trainings on scientific, as well as
transferable skills, aimed at developing the young researchers’
creativity, curiosity, adaptability, auto-evaluation capacity, feeling
for innovation and discovery applications, capacities for team work, for
preparing own scientific proposals and for communicating on science to
goal to promote the development of the conscious identity of young
scientists preparing them for a broad professional career spectrum was