[15-Aug]

ESFRI Days, 6-8 December 2021 - Save the dates!

The Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU and the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) are pleased to announce ESFRI Days, an event, scheduled to take place from 6 to 8 December 2021 at the Grand Hotel Union, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

ESFRI Days will feature two major events, complemented by the 78th ESFRI plenary meeting (for ESFRI National Delegates only, 6-7 December):

 

ESFRI Roadmap 2021 Launch, 7 December 2021

After a two-year-long process of hard and meticulous work by a great number of scientists and ESFRI delegates, a new ESFRI Roadmap is to be published. The Roadmap will include 11 new Research Infrastructure Projects and report on the development of Research Infrastructures on the existing Roadmap.

The ESFRI Roadmap details the best European science facilities, as determined by a thorough evaluation and selection procedure. It also describes the broader landscape of research in Europe, which is an important component of ESFRI methodology.

All previous ESFRI Roadmap updates proved to be very influential and provided truly strategic guidance for European Countries’ investments, even beyond the research infrastructure domain. The 2021 update also considers the merits of the Open science concept and highlights the quest to address global challenges, as reflected in the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

One of the key ingredients of ESFRI rests in ensuring that excellent scientists have access to Europe´s best research infrastructures, irrespective of borders. These actions require truly pan-European collaboration and a global outlook. In this process ESFRI has acquired immense and valuable experience; it is our privilege to be able to share this experience across countries and research infrastructure projects.

Click here for more information on the ESFRI Roadmap 2021 Launch.

 

1st ESFRI Stakeholders Forum Meetup, 8 December 2021

The ESFRI Stakeholders Forum is a newly established platform, developed by ESFRI with the ambition to instigate an open dialogue among the different European research infrastructure stakeholders, in order to reinforce the position of Research Infrastructures (RIs) as an essential pillar of the European Research Area (ERA). This concept was presented in the ESFRI White Paper adopted in 2020.

As we move towards a renewed ERA the participatory element should be applied across the ERA, including ESFRI and RIs as to position them at the heart of the research and innovation ecosystem, and closely interlinking them with different actors, such as researchers, educators, policy makers, citizens, businesses and others. The Stakeholders Forum aims to engage these actors and facilitate regular discussion among them.

The Stakeholders Forum initiative reflects ESFRI’s intention to look beyond the traditional RI communities. The platform aims to attract stakeholders, raising their awareness across the whole research and innovation ecosystem. These stakeholders include, amongst others, decision and policymakers, municipalities, citizens, socio-economic actors, research organisations and higher education institutions with scientific communities participating in ERA activities, which are potential users of RIs.

Detailed information about how the platform will work and how stakeholders can participate in discussions will be available in due course.

Click here for more information on the 1st ESFRI Stakeholders Forum Meetup.

 

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[15-July]

Jana Kolar has been elected as the next ESFRI chair

ESFRI is pleased to announce the election of Jana Kolar as the Forum’s next chair. Jana’s Term of Office will commence in January 2022 with a two years duration. After an in-depth analysis of her application and a comprehensive interview by the selection committee, it was concluded that Jana can be recommended to the Forum as the next ESFRI chair.

Dr. Jana Kolar is executive director of CERIC-ERIC. She has a broad range of expertise, ranging from policy development and implementation, research and innovation, to entrepreneurship. Among others, she was Director-General of Science in Technology at the Ministry in Slovenia, chairman of the Board of Slovenian Technology Agency and Slovenia’s Research Agency, a member of the Governing Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology and a member of the High-Level Group of Innovators for a European Innovation Council, that advised the Commission on how to strengthen support for breakthrough, market-creating innovation. She was also a member of the ERA Council Forum Austria - a high-level expert body advising the Austrian Minister responsible for Science and Research and is currently supporting Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

 

 

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[27-May]

 7-8 April 2021 ITER Business Meeting Presentations and Videos are Available

If you could not participate in the Remote ITER Business Meeting, you can find the videos and presentations of the thematic sessions from here.

ITER Organization hosted a 2-day Remote ITER Business Meeting presenting the coming business opportunities, and the latest highlights and the status of the Project on Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 April 2021.
The ITER project is moving forward from the buildings construction phase to the machine assembly phase. ITER experts from different areas provided specific information about contracts and procurement needs in the next coming years. They were available for one-to-one meetings with industry representatives.

 

Programme

2-days Remote ITER Business Meeting:

  • Update of the ITER Project Status by Director General
  • Procurement and Contract News
  • Presentations by Technical Experts with information about coming tenders & contracts
  • One-to-One meetings with ITER experts
  • Possibility to arrange Business-to-Business with other companies
  • Speakers will also address questions from the audience.

 

For more information: iter.org/ribm2021

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[21-May]

ENRIITC your Knowledge – The first series of webinars is ready to go!

ENRIITC your Knowledge is a series of online training and organisational webinars targeted to experts involved in setting up collaborations between Research Infrastructures and Industry, such as Industrial Liaison Officers (ILO) and Industry Contact Officers (ICO).

The overall aim of this webinar series is to share knowledge, expertise, skills and best practices amongst ILOs and ICOs in order to improve performance and increase collaboration between industry and RIs.

Each webinar will be standalone, free of charge and will be made publicly available on YouTube, hence enabling training on demand to a wide audience.

The first series of  ENRIITC your Knowledge webinars, will take place on 27 May, 10 June, 18 June and 21 June 2021, at 15:00 CEST.

If you are an Associate to the ENRIITC project and you are willing to apply to the ENRIITC your Industry Outreach, we kindly remind you that the participation to at least one of the webinars listed, is a mandatory eligible criteria to validate your application.

 

ENRIITC your Knowledge #1: “The ILO and ICO roles for beginners”

THURSDAY 27 MAY 2021 | 15:00 – 16:30 CEST

This first ENRIITC your Knowledge webinar, will be exploring the role of Industry Liaison Officers (ILO, officially appointed by the member states and associated countries to stimulate the collaboration among the national industry and the international RIs) and Industry Contact Officers (ICO, research infrastructures staff in charge of developing business relations with all potential industrial suppliers and users), paving the way for future synergies and collaborations between these two key roles of the ENRIITC project.

Different ILOs and ICOs will present their views on their role and key performance indicators.

REGISTRATION OPEN HERE!

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[16-Apr]

Registrations for RI.Logistica are open !

Register for the RI.Logistica conference today and be part of an unparalleled international forum that will impact how research infrastructures deal with logistics in the future.

The RI.Logistica conference is an online event designed for research infrastructures (RIs), their users and collaborators, companies in the supply chain management, and governmental authorities to discuss all aspects of logistics critical for research facilities and laboratories. It will take place on 19-20 May 2021.

Whether you are a user office manager who coordinates the remote access of scientists, a professional working at a logistics company, a user of different RIs, an RI service provider, or staff responsible for the handling of deliveries at a research infrastructure, RI.Logistica is for you. You can check the programme and register on the event website here.

 

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[12-Feb]

F4E has launched a contest to highlight and reward achieved or on-going projects which integrate fusion solutions in other applications. Open to European companies and organisations, this new award aims at promoting projects where a fusion technology or know-how is used or is planned to be used in a non-fusion environment.

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[5-Dec]

International Conference on Fusion Reactor Materials (ICFRM-20) Granada, 24-29 October 2021

The Centro de Investigaciones, Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT), Spain, in collaboration with other Spanish institutions are organizing the 20th edition of the International Conference on Fusion Reactor Materials (ICFRM-20) to be held in Granada, Spain, from 24th through 29th October 2021.

The ICFRM is a biennial convention which focuses on fusion materials, both structural and functional materials, and superconductors, without disregarding the analysis of the effects of irradiation. Thus, the ICFRM is the main international congress where the experts who study, develop and qualify materials for fusion energy installations from all over the world meet. It is therefore the best platform to present state-of-the-art research methods and scientific and technological results in fusion materials science.

 

For more information: https://www.icfrm-20.com/

 

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[27-Nov]

ITER Business Meeting: 7-8 April 2021

ITER Organization will host a 2-day Remote ITER Business Meeting presenting the coming business opportunities, and the latest highlights and the status of the Project on Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 April 2021.
The ITER project is moving forward from the buildings construction phase to the machine assembly phase. ITER experts from different areas will provide specific information about contracts and procurement needs in the next coming years. They will be also available for one-to-one meetings with industry representatives.
The conference is free of charge but advance registration is required.
Mark the dates in your calendar and use this unique opportunity to learn about future prospects.

For more information: iter.org/ribm2021
 

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[20-Nov]

ICRI 2021, Canada: 2-4 June 2021

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and ICRI 2021: The safety and wellbeing of ICRI 2021 attendees is paramount for the conference hosts. Though the present circumstances make it difficult to plan for large international events, the organisation is hopeful that the situation will improve over the next few months. The organisation is closely monitoring developments and the guidance of public health officials and will provide regular updates to participants so they can adjust plans accordingly.

Please check the ICRI2021 site regularly for new information: http://icri2021.ca/

 

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[11-Sep]

ENRIITC 1st Networking Meeting

ENRIITC’s 1st virtual e-meeting has been scheduled for October 15-16. The event is being planned as a great chance for participants to get to know one another, to launch the ENRIITC Network by holding table discussions to facilitate networking and collaboration among its members, and to offer a fun and interactive experience.

 

Registration and agenda here
 

After a warm welcome and introduction,  all participants will be redirected to interactive table discussions around four specific topics that are also important to project partners. The topics in the table discussions are:

- What are the barriers and ways forward to promote joint innovation and collaboration between Research Infrastructures and industry,
- What are best practices on approaches and tools in communication between Research Infrastructures and industry,
- How to we unlock the innovation potential of Research Infrastructures for the benefit of industry, 
- What are the roles and responsibilities of the Research Infrastructure industrial contact point,
- What are the needs concerning training and education for industry relations, and 
- What are the most important channels and collaborators (e.g. technology parks, mediators, embassies) and how do you use them to engage with industry?

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