The GENiE network, an initiative from Sophie Jarriault, Peter Meister and Richard Poole, originates from five concurrent observations: (i) many junior C. elegans group leaders have established themselves in Europe during the last 10 years; (ii) in contrast to most US universities/research institutes, there are fewer established worm laboratories in the near vicinity of these junior researchers, offering fewer mentoring, discussions and sharing of equipment possibilities; (iii) there is no support network for young researchers in Europe and (iv) the European community is fragmented, its size is unknown, while no interaction platform and meeting opportunities are available; (v) critical resources are “hidden” – currently there is no registry of where critical infrastructure and equipment are and what their accessibility is.
The principles of this network were presented during the International C. elegans meeting in Los Angeles in June 2013 and were relayed via emails and web postings: From its start, GENIE comprised 80 young EU worm laboratories (all established in the last 10 years). It actually came as a surprise for everybody that such a large number, rather than a handful, of young C. elegans groups existed across Europe, illustrating the need for more visibility.
Who’s a GENiE? This network is open to all young labs using C. elegans as a model organism. It is expected to consolidate teams at critical time in their existence, provide networking and collaboration opportunities, and support the sharing of ideas, expertise or infrastructures. It will in addition provide a centralized contact point for third parties interested in addressing their specific questions with C. elegans, and offer a glimpse of C. elegans research in Europe to the lay public. If you want to join, please register here.