Last week PML had the pleasure of a visit from Sir Graham Watson, Member of the European Parliament for the South West of England and Gibraltar.
Sir Graham came to PML on a fact finding mission following a meeting with Dr Mel Austen (PML Head of Science) in Brussels where she represented PML led EU project VECTORS (Vectors of Change in Oceans and Seas Marine Life, Impact on Economic Sectors).
After a warm welcome from the PML team (Chief Executive Professor Stephen de Mora, Director of Science Professor Manuel Barange and Head of Science Dr Mel Austen), a number of issues were discussed. Conversation primarily centred on the implications of the changes in the costing and management of future Horizon 2020 research projects to PML compared with the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) rules, as well as the support that UK institutions can receive from UK offices and parliamentarians in Brussels.
Some of the difficulties PML face with current legislation regarding employment of non-UK or European scientists were also shared with Sir Graham. These discussions were followed by a tour of PML's cutting-edge facilities, introducing him to the PML model. Sir Graham was particularly impressed with PML's multi-national workforce, as well as the ability to grow in times of economic difficulties, continuing to develop wide reaching, extensive research networks.
The visit ended with a plan to meet again in Brussels in the near future to continue these valuable discussions.