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    The message here below was posted today on all BioNet forums. If you
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    We look forward to have you on board.

    on behalf of the BioNet Consortium
    Marco Viceconti

    -- Sorry for cross-posting --

    Dear BioNet Forums members:
    As you know, the BioNet project aimed to increase the level of
    networking within European biomechanics. The urgent need to submit
    Expressions of Interest for Framework 6 drove the activity in the period
    immediately after the BioNet Event, and this was, not unexpectedly, followed
    by a relatively quiet period over the summer. If, by the time it concludes
    on 31 December 2002, BioNet is to achieve its goals and leave a legacy on
    which the biomechanics community can build, we need to reinforce what has
    already been done and work rapidly to enable us all to take advantage of the
    opportunities soon to be afforded by Framework 6.

    What objectives should we pursue in this second period of activity? After
    some discussion, we agreed that the two main aims are A) support for
    initiatives in FP6 and B) the re-structuring of the forums so that they may
    continue after the end of the project.

    With respect to the first issue, Expressions of Interest for two Networks of
    Excellence and a number of Integrated Projects were submitted to the EC in
    June. It appears that, in relation to these initiatives, we can play two
    distinct roles. For the various proposals that may emerge from the EoIs, the
    BioNet forums can act as a means to spread information and exchange
    suggestions and knowledge on the forthcoming FP6; there is also continuity
    between the aims of BioNet and the scope of the VRLAB Network of Excellence.
    Thus, the BioNet consortium will work until the end of the project to
    support and promote the preparation of the VRLAB NoE proposal, to be
    submitted in the first Call, expected by the end of the year. In this
    sense, the various BioNet forums will also become the discussion groups in
    which to define the specific activities that each sub-group of biomechanics
    is willing to carry out within the framework of the VRLAB initiative. In
    contrast, the BioNet_VRLab forum will become the place in which to discuss
    the future shape of the VRLAB infrastructure. For this reason, we invite
    all colleagues to join the BioNet_VRLab forum, as this will become the place
    where all collective issues are addressed.

    For the continuation of the BioNet forums after the end of the BioNet
    project, we believe that it is necessary to consolidate the group of
    moderators. Besides the colleagues that have served the forums so far, we
    should consider taking on board other volunteers, especially as it may
    become necessary to move to fully moderated lists if inappropriate messages
    start appearing regularly. Thus, if you are willing to help us in running
    these forums, please put yourself forward.

    We should also consider the possibility of handing over the forums to a
    scientific society, such as the European Society of Biomechanics. The
    so-called Focus Groups that the ESB is trying to promote seem quite similar
    to our forums and the newly appointed Council may consider becoming more
    involved in running the BioNet lists. We may also consider creating new
    BioNet forums. For example dental, soft tissues and fluid biomechanics may
    be topics of interest - the issue here is to see whether any of these new
    sub-groups is able to attract active moderators and provide the necessary
    critical mass.

    We emphasise again that the BioNet consortium is trying only to provide the
    infrastructure to support coherent development of European biomechanics. We
    strongly believe that any development should be firmly in the hands of the
    biomechanics community itself, but this can only happen if the individual
    members of this community participate actively. We, therefore, strongly urge
    you to become fully involved in the forthcoming activities and help to shape
    the future developments in this area.

    Best regards

    For the BioNet Consortium

    Gordon Clapworthy
    Diane Dane
    Eberhard Haug
    Alberto Leardini
    Serge Van Sint Jan
    Marco Viceconti

    Laboratorio di Tecnologia Medica tel. 39-051-6366865
    Istituti Ortopedici Rizzoli fax. 39-051-6366863
    via di barbiano 1/10, 40136 - Bologna, Italy

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