[18-Jun]

ILL Against COVID-19

Research Infrastructures, funds are being added and re-oriented to support RI projects providing services and activities in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. In order to share research data, a European data exchange platform for Coronavirus is also being established in the framework of the European Open Science Cloud.

The Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL), plans to run 2 more cycles in 2020 which will constitute a significant opportunity to perform early research related to Covid-19 on many of our neutron scattering instruments. In addition to the instruments, there is access to deuteration facilities and shared biology and soft matter facilities with partner institutes on the EPN campus - the ESRF, EMBL and IBS. For rapid access to beam time, Director's Discretionary Time (for full experiments) and Easy Access (for short measurements) should be used.

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[1-Jun]

ESS Against COVID-19

Research Infrastructures, funds are being added and re-oriented to support RI projects providing services and activities in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. In order to share research data, a European data exchange platform for Coronavirus is also being established in the framework of the European Open Science Cloud.

The European Spallation Source (ESS) Deuteration and Macromolecular Crystallisation Support Lab, DEMAX, is already functioning on a small scale and we can provide expertise, advice, and limited materials to support research to address the critical need to understand and shut down the coronavirus disease, COVID-19.

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[28-May]

ESRF-EBS Against COVID-19

Research Infrastructures, funds are being added and re-oriented to support RI projects providing services and activities in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. In order to share research data, a European data exchange platform for Coronavirus is also being established in the framework of the European Open Science Cloud.

The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility Extremely Brilliant Source (ESRF-EBS), in collaboration with its EPN Science campus partners, ILL, EMBL, IBS, is ready to provide access to a unique combination of state-of-the-art facilities and common platforms for structural biology and bio-imaging for COVID-19 related research projects. This exceptional access will be granted with the aim to contribute to the international scientific effort to overcome the  COVID-19 pandemic, and the available facilities include its cryo-electron microscope and its structural biology beamlines.

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[22 May]

EMBL-EBI Against COVID-19

Research Infrastructures funds are being added and re-oriented to support RI projects providing services and activities in response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

In response to the current outbreak of COVID-19, EMBL-EBI is gathering and sharing data resources as they become available. Researchers can now see a breakdown of relevant data hosted at EMBL-EBI on the Pathogen Portal. This includes sequences of outbreak isolates and records relating to coronavirus biology. Researchers can also find instructions for submitting data to the European Nucleotide Archive (ENA).

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[15 May]

CERN Against COVID-19 initiative

We are currently experiencing a public health crisis unprecedented in the modern European history of the last decades. As thousands of European citizens are infected with the SARS-CoV-2 every day and the number of casualties is increasing rapidly, Europe needs a coordinated effort of all available knowledge and resources to fight the pandemic. Research Infrastructures funds are being added and re-oriented to support RI projects providing services and activities in response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

The objective of the CERN against COVID-19 initiative is to ensure effective and well-coordinated action, drawing on CERN’s many competencies and advanced technologies and working closely with experts in healthcare, drug development, epidemiology and emergency response so as to maximise the impact of CERN contributions. CERN is focusing these efforts in three action areas:

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[18-Mar]

BSBF2020 preparation continues despite COVID-19

First of all, we hope you are all in good health and taking the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your family against the coronavirus (COVID-19).

As you may know, in Spain the government has decreed strict measures in order to limit the spreading of the infection, due to this organisation site is temporarily closed but our activity continues the same, each one working from home.

The key message that we would like to convey is that October is still more than six months away and we are confident that the situation in Europe will stabilise in order to host BSBF2020 on the planned date, so we are working 100% towards this objective.

Needless to say, the organisation will be closely monitoring the progress of the disease in Europe and be ready to react to any change of scenario. But the current plan is to continue working towards meeting you all in Granada on 6-9 October.

You can see at BSBF2020 News that we are making progress at several levels: three sponsors (1 gold, 2 bronze) are already on board, we have published the list of participating SMEs in the SME track, all the technology transfer proposals provided are published in our website, and much more news to come...

That being said, we are aware that during March and April decision making across European organisations may be hindered at several levels, so we have decided to extend several deadlines.

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