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    Dear Colleagues,

    this mail is the formal launch of the VRLAB initiative, which should
    produce a Network of Excellence proposal aimed to the creation of
    the Biomechanics European Lab BEL, a virtual laboratory that
    relying on a Grid infrastructure would allow all Biomechanics
    researchers to work collaboratively in a seamless way.

    To become a member of the Biomechanics European Lab virtual
    community please send an e-mail to register.vrlab@tecno.ior.it, in
    which you must specify all the data reported in the table here
    below:

    Surname
    Lab/Dept
    Position
    Institution
    E-mail (please state if you wish your e-mail address to be linked
    to your name in our BEL Directory Web Page)
    Services Page URL (may be linked to web pages of your unit web
    site, if you provide us the exact URL)
    Regular mail addresses

    In order to be considered a full (ELIGIBLE) member of the Network
    of Excellence you must work at any title in an European institution
    (or associated countries) and have a doctoral or equivalent degree in
    biomechanics or related topics, or to be able to document at least
    five years of active research in the field of biomechanics.

    After some thinking we decided that the best way to tell you want
    we have in mind was to create a web site, which would mimic the
    BEL Portal that could be made available once the project would be
    running.
    http://www.tecno.ior.it/VRLAB/BEL_home_page.html

    Of course everything we wrote in that web site is just an opinion
    and can and probably will be changed many times from now on, on
    the basis of the discussion we shall have on this forum. The home
    page provides an entrance for us, the researchers, plus and
    entrance for our 'customers': the industries, the clinicians ad the
    citizens at large. Probably the most important section is now that
    of the researchers.
    http://www.tecno.ior.it/VRLAB/researchers/research_home.html

    This page will tell you which type of macro services we have in
    mind to provide you through the BEL. Many more can be devised
    and added along the discussion. The first step now is to create the
    Directory.
    http://www.tecno.ior.it/VRLAB/researchers/directory/order.html

    In this page you will find the instructions to formally register yourself
    to the VRLAB initiative. I would ask to everybody interested to do it
    as soon as possible, even if you already sent me a mail expressing
    you interest. Follow the instructions and send the registration e-
    mail. After a few days, once your registration is processed, you will
    receive a confirmation message.

    In term of membership we have two targets. In our expectations the
    BEL should represent THE Biomechanics in Europe, and thus we
    dream to have everybody active in this filed signed on. this means
    probably several hundreds of post-doc researchers. The other
    target, is the minimum number of formal members of the Network
    of Excellence. Here our target is 200 members. Considering that
    there are already more than 200 people signed to this list, we are
    optimistic.

    Notice that the two targets imply different groups. In order to join to
    the BEL, we ask you only to be seriously involved with
    Biomechanics. For the formal NoE count however, European
    Commission recognizes only people working at any title in an
    European institution (or associated countries) and have a doctoral
    or equivalent degree in Biomechanics or related topics, or to be
    able to document at least five years of active research in the field of
    Biomechanics. Thus, everybody is welcome (students, non EC
    colleagues, etc.) but not everybody will be eligible for the NoE
    membership. We may also be forced by the European Commission
    to provide certain added-value services only to NoE members.

    So, please take a look to the web pages, sign on via e-mail and get
    ready to start. I anticipate that the first topic we need to sort out is:
    How and by whom are taken the decisions within the community?

    We are setting up an automatic e-mail poll mechanism, which
    would make easier to take formal collective decisions. Please
    remember that in order to vote you must first register yourself as a
    member of the Biomechanics European Lab virtual community.

    Looking forward to meet you in th" "Biomechanics European virtual
    community",

    Ilse
    Ilse Jonkers
    Research Assistant
    Ergonomics Lab (Prof. Spaepen)-Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy
    Gait lab-University Hospital Pellenberg
    Tervuursevest 101
    3001 Leuven
    Belgium

    Voice: ++ 32 16 329105/329100
    Fax: ++ 32 16 329196
    Ilse.jonkers@flok.kuleuven.ac.be

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