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Following the Baltic Science Network project partner meeting, a dynamic phase of expert consultations has commenced starting with a meeting of experts of photon & neutron science.

On 10 – 11 April 2018, Baltic Science Network (BSN) met in Sopot and Gdańsk to discuss in greater detail the forthcoming work of three expert groups. Consequently, the first meeting of selected experts was organised with a focus on the photon & neutron science and its specific support requirements in the Baltic Sea Region context.

On 19 April 2018, DESY hosted the meeting of experts based across the macroregion. Among the presented good practices and potential sources of inspiration for the forthcoming Baltic Science Network transnational strategy on photon & neutron science was LEAPS (League of European Accelerator-based Photon Sources) presented by Christoph Quitmann, Director of MAX IV Laboratory. Christoph Quitmann was also among the speakers during the Baltic Science Network seminar “New Tools for Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation in Research and Innovation Programmes” organised at the end of last year at the helm of the Estonian EU Presidency.

Another existing initiative brought to the expert group´s attention was Röntgen-Ångström-Cluster (RÅC), presented by Ulf Karlsson, Head of the Swedish Delegation and Coordinator as well as Research Leader at Material Physics, Microelectronics and Applied Physics, School of Information and Technology at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Mikhail Rychev presented Ioffe Röntgen Institute (IRI), a German-Russian strategic cooperation platform designed to foster the bilateral cooperation between Germany and Russia in large-scale research infrastructures. Whereas, Baltic TRAM, the other CBSS & BSPC endorsed project, was explained by Prof. Dr. Martin Müller, Director of German Engineering Materials Science (GEMS) Centre.

The overall discussions were concluded by recognising the current funding gap faced at the mediation phase of research-business collaborative cases. A need to ensure open access laboratories and open innovation testbeds was among the suggestions for further consideration once compiling suggestion for future macroregional collaboration.

On 29 June 2018, the expert group will convene for the second time in Kraków, Poland, at the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Polish Academy of Science and include a study visit to the SOLARIS synchrotron.