Thanks to a Sciex scholarship Alexandru Deftu from Romania has been researching aspects of pain signals in the central nervous system for one year at Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV). On 17 November 2014 he presented his complex field of research at the University of Bern to other research fellows and an interested public as part of the "Sciex Science Slammer 2014" competition. In an interview he talks about his work and the difficulty of making a complex subject accessible to the general public.
More than 80 Romanian students, like Alexandru, benefit from a Sciex scholarship co-funded by Switzerland as part of the Swiss enlargement contribution. The programme, with total financial resources of CHF 47 million, is open to young researchers from ten central and eastern European EU member states. In all, over 400 academics from those countries are benefiting from a Sciex scholarship to conduct research at a Swiss research institute for a fixed period of time.
The scholarship programme helps foster partnerships that institutionalise the exchange of knowledge and cooperation in research.