Since the publication of Newsletter #1, a lot of water- and environment-related activity went on at LNEC: new contracts, preparation of several National and European research proposals, new and exciting results from ongoing research. However, in this editorial I would like to highlight a different theme: our young water professionals.
It is part of our DNA to host and train young water students and professionals, at various levels of maturity, covering a wide range of scientific disciplines within the field of water and the environment. They join us, stay with us for periods that can range from a month to several years, and most of them follow their professional life externally to LNEC. However, they seldom lose their ties with LNEC, constituting our most valuable diaspora. At LNEC, they are the essence of our dynamism: they are the main agents of innovation, with their Masters and PhD theses, with their out-of-the-box ideas. They often challenge their older fellows to innovate. Their lively style and joviality are contagious. When they leave us, their legacy represents the best of themselves. This evolution is intrinsic to the nature of any healthy research house. We need to be able to attract the best of our trainees to renew our staff. At the same time, we must encourage this continuous movement of people who create knowledge with us and carry LNEC’s trademark in their future careers. More info