LaunchPad: 3 steps

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CALL FOR DRAFT PROPOSALS FOR COLLABORATION PROJECTS IS OPEN NOW!

Short draft proposals for collaboration projects in the field of Photon and Neutron Science in the Baltic Sea Region are welcome!

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LaunchPad is a support action for widening the user base of research infrastructures in the field of Photon and Neutron Science in the Baltic Sea Region.

The LaunchPad will:  

  1. Help to identify transnational research cooperation that can strategically connect small research infrastructures with large research infrastructures;
  1. Support the start of new collaboration projects between researchers from different research infrastructures and/or different fields of study

Through the LaunchPad activities the small-scale research infrastructures will be connected to large-scale research infrastructures and the ‘launch’ of the cooperation projects will be supported. It follows 3-step approach.

LaunchPad: 3 steps briefly explained

– Meet & Match: Symposium

International Symposium will be held for researchers, large- and small-scale research infrastructures and their users, and industry in the Photon and Neutron Science in the Baltic Sea Region. The Symposium will provide a good platform for discussing research ideas and challenges in the field and for preparing possible future collaboration projects through matchmaking. The Symposium will be followed by the call for draft proposals for bi- or multilateral collaboration projects.

– Pitch & Review: Forum

Forum will be held for researchers that prepared and submitted the draft proposal.

  • The researchers will have the opportunity to present their proposal drafts to the Expert Panel and receive feedback
  • An independent Expert Panel will review the proposals regarding their scientific excellence and impact for the region in terms of serving as ‘connectors’ between small- and large-scale research infrastructures and within the Baltic Sea Region.
  • The panel will select 1-3 projects that have the potential to become lighthouse projects for awarding funds for Coaching.

– Advocacy & Enabling: Coaching

The selected projects will receive the support in terms of guidance and coaching in order to transform the drafted concept into a concrete proposal for gaining access to research facility or funding. The exact format and specific aim of Coaching will be tailor-made and negotiated for each of the selected projects.

The 1st step: Symposium

– WHAT, WHEN AND WHERE?

Symposium „Photon and Neutron Science in the Baltic Sea Region“

on October 26-29, 2020

  • 1st part: online conference on October 26
  • 2nd part: online hackathon on October 27-29.

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED!

PROGRAMME IS AVAILABLE !

Enhancing scientific cooperation in the Baltic Sea region: infrastructures as the drivers of innovation, cooperation and interdisciplinarity

  • Symposium will be held for researchers, large- and small-scale research infrastructures and their users, and industry in the Photon and Neutron Science in the Baltic Sea Region.
  • The Symposium consist of two parts: an international online conference and hackathon.
  • The online conference (1st part of the Symposium) with its speakers and presentations will help the participants to generate/develop collaboration ideas about how research could be carried out in traditional and ‘novel’ ways of using photons and neutrons as methods. The ideas shared and generated during the online conference will be further elaborated on and developed during the hackathon.
  • The online hackathon (2nd part of the Symposium) will support the participants in the matchmaking process and facilitate the formation of joint ideas for collaboration. The hackathon will result in preparation and submission of draft proposals for cooperation projects
  • Please note that there are limited number of places available for the participants. Participants from the Baltic Sea Region are especially encouraged to participate and will be preferred in case of full booking.
  • The online conference and hackathon will be a part of testing and evaluation to find out how does the selected method for facilitating research collaboration work. The participants will have a unique opportunity to contribute to testing and evaluation of this innovative online approach through participation and personal feedback. This feedback is valuable for the policymakers and funding agencies for their future activities in the field of RD&I.

– FOR WHOM?

Prospective users of research facilities who could benefit from using photons and neutrons as methods in their research in the Baltic Sea Region regardless of their affiliation and field of study:

  • Researchers and research teams (including PhD students);
  • Research infrastructures and their users;
  • Industry.

– WHY?

Outcome:

  • Potential proposals to access research capabilities at various research facilities
  • New possible collaborations;
  • New research projects for funding applications.
  • Valuable feedback for developing novel approaches/methods/tools for facilitating research collaboration 

Added value gained by participating in LaunchPad:

  • New ideas, perspectives, methods and information. New and useful solutions to certain research problems that address the personal interest regarding research and collaboration.
  • Widening the user base and „thinking outside of the box“. Collaboration and added value of interdisciplinary, including involvement of possible partners “outside” the typical fields (i.e. materials science, physics, chemistry) applying photon and neutron methods, e.g. history, arts, biology, geology, archaeology etc.;
  • Meeting relevant stakeholders (ministries, funding agencies etc.) and having an overview about financing opportunities;
  • Professional guidance, coaching and support for developing proposals based on Expert Panel feedback and Coaching activities. A possibility of receiving funding for Coaching activities, but no guarantee neither for funding, nor for measurement time at the research infrastructure. Coaching will ensure better chance for getting the access to research facilities (or funding opportunities) and preparing stronger applications;
  • Contribution to testing alternative and innovative approach/method/tool for facilitating research collaboration through personal feedback as a participant. This feedback is valuable for the policymakers and funding agencies for their future activities in the field of RD&I.

– HOW?

  • The participants will fill in the registration form identifying their field of research and interest for cooperation prior to the Symposium.
  • Participating in the Symposium (online conference and hackathon): participants will have the opportunity to meet peers and the representatives of research infrastructures. Special sessions will be reserved for research facilities to introduce the science tackled and the analytical methods available. The Symposium will provide a good platform for discussing ideas and challenges, and for finding a partner for possible future collaboration projects. The funding agencies and ministries as relevant stakeholders will be present and introducing the opportunities for funding.
  • The Symposium will be followed by the call for draft proposals for bi- or multilateral collaboration. Short idea drafts (max 5 pages long) are expected to be submitted.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS WILL OPEN AFTER THE SYMPOSIUM!!!

2nd step: Forum

– What comes next?

Forum

will be held for researchers that prepare and submit a draft proposal after the Symposium.

Forum will provide a platform for:

  • presentating of the proposals to the independent Expert Panel and
  • for the Expert Panel to give detailed feedback for the submitted and presented proposals and to select promising ‘lighthouse’ projects for Coaching.
  • The Expert Panel will serve as an additional quality insurance by giving valuable feedback to the proposal and serves as a selection body for choosing which proposals are awarded Coaching.

The Forum will take place in December 2020 (TBC)

Due to COVID-19 outbreak we are closely monitoring the situation. We will be ready to organize the Forum as a face-to-face or as an online event depending on the current developments in this regard.

MORE INFORMATION AVAILABLE SOON!!!

The 3rd step: Coaching


The selected projects will receive funds for Coaching activities, which will give a better chance of getting access to research facilities or funding.

  • Please note that there will be no guarantee for funding to the project or getting “measurement time” at the research facility. What can be offered is a chance for by covering certain costs to receive professional guidance, coaching and support.
  • The exact format and specific aim of Coaching will be tailor-made and negotiated for each of the selected projects. It will be carried out in the form of supporting development of “soft skills”: e.g. consultation for writing (grant) applications, organizing team-building meetings, travel to research facility for guidance, expert exchange visits, study trips, etc.
  • Please note that costs for buying chemicals or equipment will not be funded under Coaching and the funds will not be awarded to the selected proposals in the form of a research grant or co-funding to a research grant.
  • Coaching activities for the project can take place within a period of January to May 2021.

MORE INFORMATION AVAILABLE SOON!!!

CALL FOR DRAFT PROPOSALS FOR COLLABORATION PROJECTS IS OPEN NOW!

Short draft proposals for collaboration projects in the field of Photon and Neutron Science in the Baltic Sea Region are welcome!

DEADLINE for submission – 16th of November, 2020!!!

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR THE CALL

LAUNCHPAD COACHING

Why submit the draft proposal?

  • Gain valuable feedback and suggestions to the draft proposals from the international Expert Panel (serves as the “filter for excellence”, peer consultation);
  • Funds in total of 15 000 EUR available for LaunchPad Coaching to the selected projects to support the further development of the drafted project (without the upper limit per project);
  • Chance to be involved in something innovative and contribute to testing and evaluation of the LaunchPad approach. This feedback is valuable for the policymakers and funding agencies for their future activities in the field of RD&I and research cooperation;

The online template must be used for submission, but the estimated volume of text would be up to 4 pages A4 in text size 12 p.

NB! Participation in the LaunchPad conference or hackathon is not required in order to submit the draft proposal.

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International online Symposium

 „Photon and Neutron Science in the Baltic Sea Region“

Enhancing Scientific Cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region: Infrastructures as the Drivers of Innovation, Cooperation and Interdisciplinarity

  • 1st part: online conference on October 26, 2020
  • 2nd part: online hackathon on October 27-29

Programme of online conference

9.00-12.30 CET – Opening and introduction

Klaus von Lepel, Baltic Science Network Project Director, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
Ministry of Science, Research and Equalities (Germany)
Hella Lood, BSN_Powerhouse Project Manager, Chief Expert of the Research Policy Department, Ministry of Education and Research (Estonia)
9:30 – 12:30 CET
Research infrastructure and industry session
Scientific and technical capabilities of RIs to serve Science and Engineering

Magnus Larsson, Head of Industrial Relations, MAX IV Laboratory (Sweden)
Christian Bressler, Professor of Physics, Leading Scientist, European XFEL (Germany)
Hans-Christian Wille, Group Leader FS-PETRA-S PETRA III Experiments, Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron DESY (Germany)
Giovanna Fragneto, Professor, INSTITUT LAUE-LANGEVIN (France)
Vladimir Voronin, Deputy Director, NRC KURCHATOV INSTITUTE – PNPI (Russia)
Jacob Becker-Christensen, Chief Executive Officer, LINX (Denmark)
12.30 – 13.30 CET – LUNCH BREAK
13.30 – 17.00 CET Scientific session
Andris Anspoks
Deputy Director for Innovation of University of Latvia, Adviser to the Prime Minister of Republic of Latvia for Science and Innovation (Latvia)
Latvia on using large facilities – what can be achieved in the cooperation within
research partners in the EU and Baltic Sea Region

Inari Kursula
Professor, University of Bergen (Norway)
Using photons and electrons to understand malaria parasite motility
Vadim Parfenov
Professor, St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University (Russia)
Laser techniques in Cultural Heritage preservation
Joanna Czapla-Masztafiak
Assistant Professor, Institute of Nuclear Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences,
Kraków (Poland)
Complementary use of laboratory and free-electron X-ray sources to study metal
based complexes

Jörg Pieper
Research Professor in Biophysics, University of Tartu (Estonia)
Insights into solution structures and dynamics of biomolecules provided by neutron scattering techniques
Martin Meedom Nielsen
Professor, Technical University of Denmark
XFELs as molecular movie cameras

The online conference will be followed by the online hackathon on October 27-29 where the ideas shared and generated during the online conference will be further elaborated on and developed into potential project ideas. For the hackathon, the participants will be pre-matched based on the information provided in the registration form.

“Photon and Neutron Science in the Baltic Sea Region”

Online hackathon

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Agenda of the online hackathon on October 27-29, 2020

Guidelines for the event and all the platforms will be available beforehand and during the event. Service providers will offer full support during working hours (approximately from 9:00 till 18:00).

Platforms to be used
Zoom – will be the main video conferencing tool used during the hackathon in order to deliver intro webinars, final presentations, check-ins with mentors and any other additional activities better suited for the video environment.
Slack – will be the main communication tool used during the hackathon. It will be used to make announcements, keep track of teams’ progress as well as to ask and answer all types of questions. There will be public and private channels available for communication.

Please note that all times are provided in CET (Central European Time).

October 27

12:00 Start of the first day

Welcome message to the #announcement channel, participants are asked to submit their
ideas on Eventornado and then share the link to the idea on Slack workspace #ideation
channel. Participants can express their interest to join a team by contacting the idea author.
Once a team of at least two people is formed, the team leader registers it by following the
instructions on #team-registration channel.

15:00 Idea submission closes

Disclaimer: to avoid any misunderstandings and mess overall all teams after idea submission
closure will be final and unchangeable.

16:00 Opening webinar

Opening remarks from the project owner and the SOC members with a welcome speech,
including what is the goal and expectations from participants when creating this event.
Outline of the 2 days to come and the overall process of the event.

17:00 Team mentors announced #1Checkpoint

The organisers will start assigning mentors to teams as soon as the team and idea is published
on #team-registration. Each team will get an assigned mentor. Teams then will present their
idea to their mentor, work out responsibilities for each team member and prepare for the
work.

18:00 End of the first day

October 28

9:00 Start of the second day.

9:00 #2 Checkpoint

Teams start working on their ideas/applications – every team will have a channel in Slack for
communication with each other and the assigned mentor. Teamwork is organised mostly by
participants and it is up to them whether to do it in an online document or a conference call.
Any other platform usage is up to team members (i.e. online documents/boards)

13:00 #3 Checkpoint

17:00 #4 Checkpoint

18:00 End of the second day

October 29

9:00 Start of the third day

12:00 #5 Checkpoint

15:00 Project proposal

16:00 Final webinar & result presentation

Participants will present their work and a proposal draft for possible participation in project
calls. Closing remarks from the project owner and the SOC members with a feedback for the
event and observations as well as the hopes for the future.
All result presentations will be recorded and available to the jury for evaluation

End of the event

Conference speakers insight

Dr. Andris Anspoks, Adviser to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia

Dr. Andris Anspoks, Adviser of the Prime Minister of Republic of Latvia for Science and Innovation, Deputy director for innovation, ISSP University of Latvia, is managing innovation development system in Institute of Solid State Physics of University of Latvia with goal is to build a sustainable system which transforms research outcomes into products that will enhance our life. He is expanding the cooperation with the industry making scientific expertise beneficial for business.

Andris Anspoks has an experience in business development and management. He has created some successful companies like Capital, RIX Technologies. He has implemented many large scale projects. His research interests are linked into advanced topics of solid state physics: X-ray absorption spectroscopy (EXAFS and XANES); condensed matter physics; phase transitions; multiferroics and ferroelectrics; complex modelling; ab initio calculations (quantum chemistry); molecular dynamics simulations.

Professor Inari Kursula, University of Oulu, University of Bergen

Inari Kursula, born in Finland, studied biochemistry at the University of Oulu, Finland. After completing her PhD studies, focused on X-ray crystallographic studies on the enzymatic mechanism of triosephosphate isomerase, at the Department of Biochemistry and Biocenter Oulu, she first worked as a post doc at the EMBL Hamburg Outstation. Subsequently, she moved to the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, after receiving a “Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship”, a grant from the European Commission to promote career development and motility of European scientists within Europe. Since 2008, she is conducting a research group back in her “home university” in Oulu and, since 2009, is also a group leader at the CSSB-HZI in Hamburg. Her academic career has been fostered by several prestigious European grants. Her current research interests involve plasmodium and other weird creatures, actin, cell motility, structural biology, large macromolecular assemblies, enzymes, synchrotron-based methods for biology, X-ray crystallography.

Dr. Jörg Pieper, Research Professor in Biophysics, University of Tartu, Estonia

Jörg Pieper is a Professor of Biological Physics at the University of Tartu, Estonia. He received his Ph.D. in biological and condensed matter physics from Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, in 2000 with a dissertation about light-harvesting processes in photosynthetic protein complexes employing low-temperature and high-resolution optical spectroscopy. This work was carried out in part using hole-burning spectroscopy in cooperation with Ameslab, Ames, Iowa (USA). In 2000, Jörg Pieper joined the Hahn-Meitner Institute Berlin as a post doc to investigate protein dynamics and structure-dynamics-function relationships in proteins using quasielastic neutron scattering partly combined with laser excitation in novel laser-neutron pump-probe experiments. From 2005 to 2010 Jörg. Pieper was a researcher at Max-Volmer Laboratory of the Technical University (TU) Berlin, Germany. In September 2010 he joined the University of Tartu, Estonia as a professor. His research interests include the study of excitation energy and electron transfer processes in photosynthesis, solution structures of proteins and their conformational changes upon external triggers as well as the functional significance of protein dynamics at physiological temperatures as revealed by neutron scattering and time-resolved pump-probe experiments.  

Jacob Becker-Christensen, LINX Director

LINX is a valuable and innovative facilitator of collaboration between universities and industry within the area of neutrons and X-ray technology. Being established in 2016, LINX is releasing the great potential of the established industry portal and continue to generate value through the many projects, workshops and networks connecting the scientific and commercial world. The collaborations take place in a highly innovative but confidential setting, with access to both large-scale facilities and university labs, giving the possibility of exploring the nature of materials in the most detailed manner thus enabling complex analysis with conclusive and clear results. LINX makes businesses, institutions, facilities and geographies around it, stand out as prosperous and attractive for partners and members to engage with. The aim is to prepare and educate the personal and organizational ability to gain maximum advantage and value out of the neutron and X-ray technologies.

The LINX Association is the platform for Linking Industry to Neutrons and X-rays. LINX is the focal point for creating commercial value through innovative material science solutions based on advanced neutron & X-ray technology in collaboration with facilities, such as MAX IV, ESS and XFEL.

Dr. Joanna Czapla-Masztafiak, Assistant Professor at the Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Sciences in Kraków

Doctor Joanna Czapla-Masztafiak graduated in medical physics from AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków, Poland in 2008. Her PhD thesis was done under the supervision of Prof. Wojciech Kwiatek at the Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Sciences in Kraków on the chemical analysis of biological samples using X-ray spectroscopy. She was granted PhD in physics with distinction in 2013.
In 2015 Dr. Czapla-Masztafiak was granted Marie Curie Actions COFUND Fellowship in Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland, where she spent two years developing X-ray absorption and X-ray emission techniques for time-resolved studies of DNA damage. At the moment she is working as Assistant Professor at the Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Sciences in Kraków.
Research of Dr. Czapla-Masztafiak is focused on the elemental and structural analysis of biosamples as well as the development of advanced X-ray spectroscopic tools such as XAS/XES laboratory setups. She is also experienced in using synchrotron and free-electron lasers facilities for studies of biological and chemical samples. Her recent studies focused on the interaction of metal-based compounds with DNA and other cell constituents.
Dr. Czapla-Masztafiak is a supervisor or co-supervisor in multiple Master and PhD projects and actively takes part in educational activities of the Institute of Nuclear Physics. From 2017 she is the Treasurer of the Polish Synchrotron Radiation Society.

Professor Martin Meedom Nielsen, Technical University of Denmark

Martin Meedom Nielsen studied at Aarhus University and was awarded a Ph.D. in Physics in 1996 on the adsorption of alkali metals on metal surfaces. After a post doc in Germany, he came to Risø National laboratory in Denmark to work on X-ray studies of organic electronics. He was awarded the Rene Descartes prize by the European Commission for the work, which included demonstrating the structure-property relationship in organic electronic devices. In 2005 He took up a professorship at University of Copenhagen to head Molecular Movies, a center of excellence under the Danish National Research Foundation, which established Danish science at XFEL facilities. He was part of the world’s first hard x-ray experiments at an x-ray free electron laser, at LCLS SLAC, Stanford. In 2012 he joined the Danish Technical University as professor in x-ray physics, as founding head of the new section for Neutrons and X-rays for Material Physics at DTU Physics. In 2014, he was appointed chair of the Council of the European XFEL, and after serving the maximum 2 turns of 2 years he continues as vice chair. His expertise: X-ray scattering, ultrafast structure, science at synchrotrons and Free Electron Lasers, organic electronics, leading research projects.

Professor Vadim Parfenov, St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University

For the past 16 years his research work was focused on the use of laser and opto-electronic techniques in Cultural Heritage preservation. He pioneered the practical use of laser cleaning technology in artworks conservation in St. Petersburg, where he has had numerous collaborative works with leading museums including The Hermitage museum, The State Russian museum, The museum-preserve “Tsarskoye Selo”, The museum-preserve “Peterhof” and The St. Petersburg State museum of Urban Sculpture. He has also collaborated with The State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow in the use of 3D laser scanning for documentation and replication of artworks. He was the first to introduce the non-contact replication of out-door monuments in Russia based on combined use of 3D laser scanning and CNC milling. In 2010 he established the project on replication of marble sculpture “Primavera” (of XVIII century, Italy) at the museum-preserve “Tsarskoye Selo”. It was the first case study of non-contact replication of stone sculptures in Russia.

For last 10 years fields of expertise Prof. Parfenov concerned with CH preservation have expanded and now include also analysis of paintings. In the framework of collaboration with St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts he studies tempera and oil paintings using X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy. Furthermore, he collaborates with Prof. John Asmus with the University of California using image processing techniques for analysis of oil paintings. These studies included analyses of painting “Earlier Mona Lisa” and other masterpieces created by Leonardo as well as also analysis of self-portraits by Rembrandt.

Prof. Parfenov has been involved in numerous conferences and seminars since 1985, both in Russia and abroad. He organized and co-chaired several conferences and workshops such as: “Light for Artworks conservation” (2006, 2010 and 2012, St. Petersburg) and “Laser Cleaning and Artworks Conservation” (2007 and 2013, St. Petersburg). In 2005-2006 he was a member of the Management Committee of the European Union COST Action G7 “Artwork Conservation by Laser”. In 2014 he became the member of the Permanent Scientific Committee of LACONA (Lasers for Artwork Conservation). He is author of over 330 publications including numerous scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and 16 books.

Research infrastructures

MAXIV

MAX IV Laboratory is a Swedish national large-scale research infrastructure and the world’s first 4th generation synchrotron light source providing researchers with extremely brilliant X-rays for material science. The facility has 11 beamlines in user operation and five more coming online over the coming two years. MAX IV is located in Lund, in south Sweden with easy access from both Malmö and Copenhagen airports.

The talk give a brief introduction to MAX IV but will have a focus on access modes and how researchers from both industry and academia can make use of the tools and techniques available at large-scale research infrastructures. https://www.maxiv.lu.se/

DESY

DESY is one of the world’s leading accelerator centres. Researchers use the large-scale facilities at DESY to explore the microcosm in all its variety – from the interactions of tiny elementary particles and the behaviour of new types of nanomaterials to biomolecular processes that are essential to life. The accelerators and detectors that DESY develops and builds are unique research tools. The facilities generate the world’s most intense X-ray light, accelerate particles to record energies and open completely new windows onto the universe. That makes DESY not only a magnet for more than 3000 guest researchers from over 40 countries every year, but also a coveted partner for national and international cooperations. Committed young researchers find an exciting interdisciplinary setting at DESY. The research centre offers specialized training for a large number of professions. DESY cooperates with industry and business to promote new technologies that will benefit society and encourage innovations.
https://www.desy.de/about_desy/desy/index_eng.html

NRC «KURCHATOV INSTITUTE» – PNP

NRC «Kurchatov Institute» – PNPI is a multidisciplinary research center which conducts fundamental and applied research in a wide range of scientific fields including theoretical and mathematical physics, interdisciplinary research in nano- and biosciences with the use of neutron and synchrotron radiation; molecular biology and biomedicine, research with neutrons, protons and heavy ions; neutrino physics; nuclear reactors and accelerator physics; nuclear medicine including isotope production, radiation therapy, nanobiotechnologies for medicine.

The research infrastructure of the Institute is based on:

–    high-flux research beam reactor PIK with an unprecedented flux of thermal neutrons. The International Center for Neutron Research (ICNR) is being created on the basis of the PIK reactor.

–    proton synchrocyclotron SC-1000 with the energy of 1 GeV.

–    isochronous cyclotron C-80 to accelerate negative hydrogen ions up to 80 MeV and the extracted proton beam current of up to 100 µA.

European Spallation Source ERIC

The European Spallation Source (ESS) is a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC), a multi-disciplinary research facility based on the world’s most powerful neutron source. The vision is to build and operate the world’s most powerful neutron source, enabling scientific breakthroughs in research related to materials, energy, health and the environment, and addressing some of the most important societal challenges of our time.

More information: https://europeanspallationsource.se/

CERN – European Organisation for Nuclear Research

CERN´s  work helps to uncover what the universe is made of and how it works. The Laboratory,established in 1954, has become a prime example of international collaboration. CERN´s mission is to: provide a unique range of particle accelerator facilities that enable research at the forefront of human knowledge. perform world-class research in fundamental physics, and unite people from all over the world to push the frontiers of science and technology, for the benefit of all.

More information: https://home.cern/

The Russian-German Laboratory at BESSY II

The Russian-German Laboratory at BESSY II is dedicated to Russian-German collaborations in the use of synchrotron radiation for basic research. The stakeholders comprise currently eight institutions – four from each country* – which organize the experimental user support, financial support, proposal evaluation and further scientific and instrumental development of the infrastructure as well as scientific workshops.
The RGL operates currently one dipole (RGBL1) and one undulator beamline (RGBL2). It has since inauguration lead to more than 700 peer-reviewed publications. 70% of the beamtime at the two beamlines is reserved for research in the framework of Russian-German collaboration and allocated based on scientific qualtiy. Users from any university or research center in Russia can apply. The remaining 30% are for the general user community of HZB.
*The RGL stakeholders are: St. Petersburg State University, Kurchatov Institute (Moscow), Shubnikov Institute for Crystallography (Moscow), Ioffe Institute (St. Petersburg), Freie Universität Berlin, Technische Universität Dresden, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin
For information on user access see:
https://www.helmholtz-berlin.de/projects/rgl/users/index_en.html

RGL presentation

European XFEL

European XFEL is an international non-profit company located in the Hamburg area in Germany that is owned by 12 European countries. The European XFEL GmbH operates, maintains and upgrades a 3.4 km long X-ray laser, which produces flashes of X-rays of unique quality for studies in physics, chemistry, materials research and the life sciences. The European XFEL ensures that the technologies and methods developed in-house are made available to interested entities in the contracting party countries as well as fostering the general public outreach and knowledge transfer.

The diverse scientific systems of European XFEL enable scientists from across the globe to carry out their experiments with a wide range of experimental techniques. The company provides, free of charge, access to its facilities, laboratories and analytical equipment, and to the X-Ray instrument station that makes use of the X-Ray flashes, to all eligible scientists (private sector or academia) whose intent is to publish the results of their research at European XFEL. The diverse scientific X-ray systems of European XFEL enable scientists (experienced or not) world-wide to carry out their experiments using the wide range of experimental techniques.

The company will also allow proprietary research and access to its facility (including experimental support) for a fee, to industry, academic or private scientists.
More information: https://www.xfel.eu/

INSTITUT LAUE-LANGEVIN

The ILL is a service facility. Its purpose is to provide the international scientific community with
• the brightest possible beams of neutrons
• state-of-the-art scientific instruments
• the expertise of its scientists, engineers and technicians.
Most of its neutron beams are used to probe materials. The fields of investigation range from technology applications to biology and health.
Neutrons hold the key to many important questions related to the fundamental laws governing our universe.
https://www.ill.eu/

LINX

LINX is a valuable and innovative facilitator of collaboration between universities and industry within the area of neutrons and X-ray technology. Being established in 2016, LINX is releasing the great potential of the established industry portal and continue to generate value through the many projects, workshops and networks connecting the scientific and commercial world. The collaborations take place in a highly innovative but confidential setting, with access to both large-scale facilities and university labs, giving the possibility of exploring the nature of materials in the most detailed manner thus enabling complex analysis with conclusive and clear results. LINX makes businesses, institutions, facilities and geographies around it, stand out as prosperous and attractive for partners and members to engage with. The aim is to prepare and educate the personal and organizational ability to gain maximum advantage and value out of the neutron and X-ray technologies. The LINX Association is the platform for Linking Industry to Neutrons and X-rays. LINX is the focal point for creating commercial value through innovative material science solutions based on advanced neutron & X-ray technology in collaboration with facilities, such as MAX IV, ESS and XFEL. https://linxassociation.com/

FinEstBeAMS – Estonian Beamline at MAX-IV Synchrotron Radiation Source

FinEstBeAMS is a materials and atmospheric science beamline at the MAX IV 1.5 GeV storage ring. It provides ultraviolet and soft X-ray radiation with precisely controlled and widely variable parameters. The beamline has two branches: one branch is dedicated to ultra-high vacuum studies of surfaces and interfaces and the other to gas-phase experiments and photoluminescence in solids. The range of research extends from the electronic structure studies of free particles (atoms, molecules, clusters and atmospheric particles) in gas phase and on surfaces to formation analysis and nanoscale characterisation of surfaces and interfaces. The design of the beamline facilitates sample transfer between the end stations, offering synergy between gas phase and solid-state research.
An Estonian and Finnish consortium, supported by the EU through the European Regional Development Fund and the Academy of Finland, has provided funding for the construction of the beamline, instrumentation and staff.
More information: https://www.maxiv.lu.se/accelerators-beamlines/beamlines/finestbeams/

Poster of MAXIV_FinEstBeAMS

NAMUR+ Centre of Nanomaterials Technologies and Research

The central goal of the Estonian Research Infrastructures Roadmap object “Center of nanomaterials technologies and research (NAMUR+)”, is to develop a cutting-edge infrastructure for the fabrication, research and implementation of nanomaterials and to merge it with the high-level research capability of the partners into an attractive multifunctional center providing R&D services in nanotechnology and nano-safety.

NAMUR+ is based on the expertise of research teams of the University of Tartu, Tallinn University of Technology and National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics in the fields of material science, nanotechnology, nanotoxicology, and novel energy conversion and storage systems. The center offers high-level research services in nanotechnology and nanosafety to a wide range of partners.

More information: https://sisu.ut.ee/namurplus/namur-0?lang=en

Research funding opportunities

Denmark

Information about research funding programs, international cooperation and collaboration between research and innovation is on the website of the Ministry of Higher Education and Sciences of Denmark: https://ufm.dk/en/research-and-innovation

Danish Research Infrastructures Roadmap 2015
https://ufm.dk/en/publications/2016/danish-roadmap-for-research-infrastructures-2015

Finland

The main funders in Finland are:

  1. Academy of Finland. Research Infrastructures funding is intended to support Finnish research infrastructures and research environment. Calls for applications that are currently open can be found here https://www.aka.fi/en/research-funding/apply-for-funding/calls-for-applications/
  2. Business Finland be a possibility in some cases, where Photon/Neutron methods are used in product development.

The best way to search for funding opportunities in Finland is the Funding Database for Science and Arts Aurora database, where even the smaller funders (e.g. foundations) can be searched by keywords.

Norway

• Research funding opportunities in Norway are available on the website of The Research Council of Norway www.rcn.no
• Information on plans and funding of research infrastructures: https://www.forskningsradet.no/en/about-the-research-council/programmes/infrastruktur/
• Complete list of Research infrastructure that already receives funding from RCN: https://prosjektbanken.forskningsradet.no/#/explore/projects/ProgAkt.3=FORINFRA

Russia

Research infrastructures (in the field of Photon and Neutron Science)
• PIK neutron research facility (Saint-Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute named by B.P. Konstantinov of National Research Centre «Kurchatov Institute» http://www.pnpi.spb.ru/en/)
• Saint-Petersburg State University, https://english.spbu.ru/
• Ioffe Institute, http://www.ioffe.ru/
• Research Institute of Physical Optics, Optics of Lasers and Informational Optical Systems of Research Center S.I. Vavilov State Optical Institute, http://phoolios.com/en/
• Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University “LETI”, https://etu.ru/en/university/
• ITMO University, http://www.ifmo.ru/ru/viewfaculty/106/megafakultet_fotoniki.htm#ixzz6BmMUalvM
• The Bonch-Bruevich Saint-Petersburg State University of Telecommunications, https://www.sut.ru/eng
• Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University https://english.spbstu.ru/

• Research Institute of Nuclear Physics of the St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, http://onti.spbstu.ru/public/en/onti/srinp/
• Laser Systems JSC, http://www.lsystems.ru/en/
• D.V.Efremov Institute of Electrophysical Apparatus, http://www.niiefa.spb.su/site/top/company/?lang=en
• Research and Development Center for Thin-Film Technologies in Energetics, http://tf-tc.ru/
• National Research Institute “Electron”, http://www.niielectron.ru/
• NPK “Severnaya Zarya”, https://relays.ru
• Hevel Group, https://www.hevelsolar.com/
• Scientific Industrial Enterprise of Fiber Optical and Laser Equipment http://www.volo.ru/en/
• LLC “Quantum Optics”, http://quantumoptics.ru/
• NPO AMB, http://teplovisor.su/ , http://concern-rosant.ru/
• LLC Komintest, http://comintest.ru/
• Institute for Engineering and Environmental Problems in Agricultural Production, https://www.sznii.ru/en/
• VitaLiqua, http://vitaliqua.ru/

International collaboration projects involving research facilities

• The Russian-European project CREMLIN plus (Connecting Russian and European Measures for Large-scale Research Infrastructures) in the field of research infrastructures was launched on February 1, 2020. The project will develop schemes for transnational access for European researchers to Russian research infrastructures in different thematic domains.
More information: https://4science.ru/articles/CREMLIN-plus-proekt-Rossii-i-ES-po-issledovatelskim-infrastrukturam
• RFBR (Russian Foundation for Basic Research) enables to provide direct links with foreign and international foundations and organizations, concludes agreements with them on scientific cooperation and joint funding of research projects. Within the framework of these agreements, are held competitions for joint scientific projects.
More information: https://www.rfbr.ru/rffi/eng/info_eng
Other programs, measures or financial schemes involving research infrastructures
Joint international projects in the field of Education and R&D can receive support within the frames of ERASMUS +, MANUNET programs.
The Government of the Russian Federation has approved the Federal R&D Program for еру Development of Synchrotron and Neutron Research and Research Infrastructure for 2019 – 2027.
More information: https://minobrnauki.gov.ru/ru/activity/fntp/fntpsin/

Estonia

There is an opportunity to get funding through the objects of Estonian Research Infrastructures Roadmap.
More information about the Roadmap: https://www.etag.ee/en/funding/infrastructure-funding/estonian-research-infrastructures-roadmap/

Estonian RIs related to Photon and Neutron Science:
Centre of Nanomaterials Technologies and Research (NAMUR+)
The central goal of the Estonian Research Infrastructures Roadmap object “Center of nanomaterials technologies and research (NAMUR+)”, is to develop a cutting-edge infrastructure for the fabrication, research and implementation of nanomaterials and to merge it with the high-level research capability of the partners into an attractive multifunctional center providing R&D services in nanotechnology and nano-safety.
NAMUR+ is based on the expertise of research teams of the University of Tartu, Tallinn University of Technology and National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics in the fields of material science, nanotechnology, nanotoxicology, and novel energy conversion and storage systems. The center offers high-level research services in nanotechnology and nanosafety to a wide range of partners.
More information: https://sisu.ut.ee/namurplus/namur-0?lang=en

Estonian participation in international RIs related to Photon and Neutron Science:

Estonian Beamline at MAX-IV Synchrotron Radiation Source (FINESTBEAMS)
FinEstBeAMS is a materials and atmospheric science beamline at the MAX IV 1.5 GeV storage ring. It provides ultraviolet and soft X-ray radiation with precisely controlled and widely variable parameters. The beamline has two branches: one branch is dedicated to ultra-high vacuum studies of surfaces and interfaces and the other to gas-phase experiments and photoluminescence in solids. The range of research extends from the electronic structure studies of free particles (atoms, molecules, clusters and atmospheric particles) in gas phase and on surfaces to formation analysis and nanoscale characterisation of surfaces and interfaces. The design of the beamline facilitates sample transfer between the end stations, offering synergy between gas phase and solid-state research.
An Estonian and Finnish consortium, supported by the EU through the European Regional Development Fund and the Academy of Finland, has provided funding for the construction of the beamline, instrumentation and staff.
More information: https://www.maxiv.lu.se/accelerators-beamlines/beamlines/finestbeams/
Presentation: Synchroton Radiation Center MAX IV Lab and Opportunities for Estonian Researchers

European Spallation Source ERIC
The European Spallation Source (ESS) is a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC), a multi-disciplinary research facility based on the world’s most powerful neutron source. The vision is to build and operate the world’s most powerful neutron source, enabling scientific breakthroughs in research related to materials, energy, health and the environment, and addressing some of the most important societal challenges of our time.
More information: https://europeanspallationsource.se/

European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN)
CERN´s work helps to uncover what the universe is made of and how it works. The Laboratory, established in 1954, has become a prime example of international collaboration. CERN´s mission is to: provide a unique range of particle accelerator facilities that enable research at the forefront of human knowledge. perform world-class research in fundamental physics, and unite people from all over the world to push the frontiers of science and technology, for the benefit of all.
More information: https://home.cern/

Research Grants
National research grants also provide funding opportunities involving research infrastructures and the use of/access to the research facilities. Among other fields of research the national grants support research in the area of Photon and Neutron Science.
Research grants are aimed at supporting high-quality R&D projects and the accompanying research activities.
More information: https://www.etag.ee/en/funding/research-funding/

The division of the research grants is as follows:
• Personal and postdoctoral research funding (PUT)
Research grants are funding allocated for a high-quality R&D project carried out by a person or a research group working at an R&D institution.
There are three categories of research grants corresponding to the different levels of a research career:

  • A postdoctoral research grant is a grant aimed at supporting the launch of a research career of the people with a doctoral degree obtained from an Estonian university at a foreign R&D institutions or among highly qualified research groups.
  • A start-up grant is a grant aimed at supporting the researchers with initial research experience to launch their independent research career at an Estonian R&D institution, to set up their research group, and to contribute to educating the next generation of researchers (incl. doctoral students).
  • A team grant is a grant aimed at supporting researchers in continuing their research career at an Estonian R&D institution, ensuring high-quality research, leading a strong research group, and educating the next generation of researchers (incl. doctoral students).
    More information: https://www.etag.ee/en/funding/research-funding/personal-research-funding/
    • Proof-of-Concept (PoC) Grant
    A proof-of-concept grant is a competency-based research funding instrument for experimental development in order to test and/or create conditions for the commercialization of research outcomes. Experimental development is systematic work, drawing on knowledge gained from research and practical experience and producing additional knowledge, which is directed to producing new products or processes or to improving existing products or processes. The proof-of-concept grant is aimed to enhance technology transfer, application of research outcomes in enterprises and in society, as well as strengthen the societal and economic impact of research.
    Prerequisite for applying proof-of-concept grant is the previous research of the applicant, in which technology readiness level at least 4 has been achieved.
    More information: https://www.etag.ee/en/funding/research-funding/proof-of-concept-grant/

Germany

A German-Swedish research collaboration
The Röntgen-Ångström Cluster (RÅC) is a Swedish-German research collaboration in the fields of materials science and structural biology that aims to strengthen research at synchrotron and neutron radiation sources. Enabled by an agreement between the Swedish and German governments in 2009, the RÅC helps initiating and developing cooperative projects between research groups from Germany and Sweden in the above-named fields. Several large-scale facilities from both countries are included in the cluster:

Photon sources
• PETRA III and FLASH at the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY, Hamburg
• BESSY II at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie HZB, Berlin
• European XFEL, Hamburg
• MAX IV Laboratory, Lund

Neutron sources
• FRM II at the Technische Universität München
• HFR at the Institut Laue-Langevin, Grenoble
• European Spallation Source ESS, Lund (under construction)

These institutes offer outstanding research possibilities to scientists exploring condensed matter in materials science as well as structural biology. The RÅC and its related calls for applications are handled by the Swedish Research Council and, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the project executing organisation Projektträger DESY.
More information: https://www.rontgen-angstrom.eu/

HALOS – The Hanseatic League of Science
HALOS – a platform to establish Northern Europe into a globally recognised hub of world leading Life Science and innovation
The specific aim of HALOS is excellence in Life Science research and innovation around the four unique research infrastructures: MAX IV & ESS in Lund, and DESY & European XFEL in Hamburg. This will be achieved by developing a common and internationally recognized Life Science research and innovation hub, matching Life Science research questions with expertise on how to apply electrons, neutrons, synchrotron- and FEL-light. HALOS connects research infrastructures with both academic and industrial ecosystems, including complementary infrastructures and gate-way environments.
More information: https://halos-science.eu/

European XFEL – European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser Facility

European XFEL is an international non-profit company located in the Hamburg area in Germany that is owned by 12 European countries. The European XFEL GmbH operates, maintains and upgrades a 3.4 km long X-ray laser, which produces flashes of X-rays of unique quality for studies in physics, chemistry, materials research and the life sciences. The European XFEL ensures that the technologies and methods developed in-house are made available to interested entities in the contracting party countries as well as fostering the general public outreach and knowledge transfer.

The diverse scientific systems of European XFEL enable scientists from across the globe to carry out their experiments with a wide range of experimental techniques. The company provides, free of charge, access to its facilities, laboratories and analytical equipment, and to the X-Ray instrument station that makes use of the X-Ray flashes, to all eligible scientists (private sector or academia) whose intent is to publish the results of their research at European XFEL. The diverse scientific X-ray systems of European XFEL enable scientists (experienced or not) world-wide to carry out their experiments using the wide range of experimental techniques.

The company will also allow proprietary research and access to its facility (including experimental support) for a fee, to industry, academic or private scientists.

European XFEL

  • has an internal PhD program open to everyone and linked to in-house R&D calls issued once a year by our management; regarding experiments, European XFEL reimburse the travel and logistic costs of up to 6 users for each experiments carried out at the facility. The reimbursement is only available to users coming from the shareholder countries.access to the facility for experiment is free of charge upon intent to publish (data collected will be published after an embargo period) and is based on scientific excellence.
  • European XFEL participates in many calls of the EC (H2020) or from Germany. The list for 2019 is provided in the annual report (page 35/54 of the pdf) https://www.xfel.eu/news_and_events/flyers_and_brochures/index_eng.html
    More information: https://www.xfel.eu/

DESY
DESY is one of the world’s leading accelerator centres. Researchers use the large-scale facilities at DESY to explore the microcosm in all its variety – from the interactions of tiny elementary particles and the behaviour of new types of nanomaterials to biomolecular processes that are essential to life. The accelerators and detectors that DESY develops and builds are unique research tools. The facilities generate the world’s most intense X-ray light, accelerate particles to record energies and open completely new windows onto the universe. That makes DESY not only a magnet for more than 3000 guest researchers from over 40 countries every year, but also a coveted partner for national and international cooperations. Committed young researchers find an exciting interdisciplinary setting at DESY. The research centre offers specialized training for a large number of professions. DESY cooperates with industry and business to promote new technologies that will benefit society and encourage innovations.
More information: https://www.desy.de/about_desy/desy/index_eng.html

The DESY Research Magazine Femto – Anniversary Issue 2019

Photon Science 2019 – Highlights and Annual Report

The DESY Research Magazine Femto 02/20

Center for X-rays in Swedish Materials Science (CeXS)
CeXS is the academic host of the Swedish Material Science beamline at PETRA III, DESY in Hamburg.
Focusing on enhancing the use of high energy X-rays for materials R&D, CeXS is:

  1. Securing Sweden’s privileged access to PETRA III
  2. Engaging researchers to use the opportunities
  3. Educating and disseminating results

CeXS is currently orchastrating instrument proposals, for the future PETRA IV, which can give new insights into material science. Read more here https://www.cexs.kth.se/petraupgrade about how you can support and get engaged in this key issue for the Swedish material science community
More information: https://www.cexs.kth.se/

The Russian-German Laboratory at BESSY II
The Russian-German Laboratory at BESSY II is dedicated to Russian-German collaborations in the use of synchrotron radiation for basic research. The stakeholders comprise currently eight institutions – four from each country* – which organize the experimental user support, financial support, proposal evaluation and further scientific and instrumental development of the infrastructure as well as scientific workshops.
The RGL operates currently one dipole (RGBL1) and one undulator beamline (RGBL2). It has since inauguration lead to more than 700 peer-reviewed publications. 70% of the beamtime at the two beamlines is reserved for research in the framework of Russian-German collaboration and allocated based on scientific quality. Users from any university or research center in Russia can apply. The remaining 30% are for the general user community of HZB.
*The RGL stakeholders are: St. Petersburg State University, Kurchatov Institute (Moscow), Shubnikov Institute for Crystallography (Moscow), Ioffe Institute (St. Petersburg), Freie Universität Berlin, Technische Universität Dresden, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin
For information on user access see:
https://www.helmholtz-berlin.de/projects/rgl/users/index_en.html

Lithuania

Research infrastructures and international collaboration projects involving research facilities

• Laser RI – High-intensity and Broad Spectral Range Ultrashort Pulse Laser Research Infrastructure of National and International Access
Laser RI is a Laserlab-Europe member, and a future national node of the most advanced laser research infrastructure in the world ELI-ERIC. Current Laser RI projects revolve around cooperation with Laserlab-Europe, participation in H2020.
• Experimental nuclear and particle physics center
The Experimental nuclear and particle physics center is focused on projects for collaboration with CERN.

• PTC – Centre of Semiconductor Technology
PTC is participating in CERN activities and as a member of the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs) is aiming to participate RTO promotion projects.

• SPECTROVERSUM – Centre of Spectroscopic Characterization of Materials and Electronic / Molecular Processes
SPECTROVERSUM is a MAX IV infrastructure member. International collaboration projects include projects financed under the Lithuanian-French program “Gilibert”, Baltic-German University Liaison Office.

• CossyBio – Centre for Computational, Structural and Systems Biology
CossyBio is a national node of EMBL and Instruct-ERIC infrastructures. CossyBio carries out activities in the sphere of Crystallography and so contributes to Photon and Neutron Science. CossyBio aims to carry out international projects at EMBL and Instruct-ERIC.

Research infrastructure funding in Lithuania may come from different sources. Research infrastructures, which are present in the national Roadmap, may receive funding (which is established by an approval of an infrastructure membership/action plan or a EU SF project) from the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport or the Research Council of Lithuania when sufficient financial resources are present and a strategical decision is made. Researchers, whose infrastructure is not separately financed by the approved membership/action plan or as EU SF project, can use mobility measures of the Research Council of Lithuania for the aim of using research infrastructures abroad.
More information is on website of Research Council of Lithuania: https://www.lmt.lt/en/
Lithuanian Research Infrastructures Roadmap 2015: https://ec.europa.eu/research/infrastructures/pdf/roadmaps/lithuania_national_roadmap_2015_en.pdf

Poland

Information about research funding opportunities and cooperation is on the website of the National Science Centre (NCN) of Poland: https://ncn.gov.pl/o-ncn/zadania-ncn?language=en
Information about Research Infrastructures: http://en.kpk.gov.pl/ri/research-infrastructure/

SOLARIS – The National Synchrotron Radiation Centre
SOLARIS is a Polish national research centre providing scientists with synchrotron radiation. SOLARIS NSRC is providing open access to research infrastructure. As a unique source of synchrotron radiation in Central Europe, it opens new perspectives in many areas of basic and applied research, offering a wide spectrum of modern research techniques. SOLARIS NSRC is a platform for the development of national and international cooperation, as well as an incubator of new technologies.
More information: https://synchrotron.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/centrum

Sweden

Information about the cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region, funding and grants is available on the webpage of Swedish Institute: https://si.se/en/how-we-work/capacity-building-baltic-region/

Research Infrastructure
MAXIV
MAX IV Laboratory is a Swedish national large-scale research infrastructure and the world’s first 4th generation synchrotron light source providing researchers with extremely brilliant X-rays for material science. The facility has 11 beamlines in user operation and five more coming online over the coming two years. MAX IV is located in Lund, in south Sweden with easy access from both Malmö and Copenhagen airports.
https://www.maxiv.lu.se/

Support for young researchers

RACIRI

RACIRI Summer School

The RACIRI Summer School is a joint initiative by Sweden, Russia and Germany embedded in the collaborative frameworks of the Röntgen-Ångström-Cluster (RAC) and the Ioffe-Röntgen-Institute (IRI). The format of the RACIRI Summer School is driven by scientific frontier themes and challenges in the field of materials sciences with a strong connection to current and future research infrastructures for photons, X-rays and neutrons in the Baltic Sea region: synchrotron radiation and free-electron-laser facilities as well as research reactors and spallation sources.
For who?
senior master students in the final phases of their study programs (master, diploma), PhD students, young scientists & postdocs, predominantly from Germany, Russia, Sweden.
Next RACIRI Summer School: 15-21 August in Varberg, Sweden.
More information: www.raciri.org
RACIRI presentation_download

HELIOS

The Helmholtz-Lund International graduate School (HELIOS), aims at preparing a new generation of scientists on “Intelligent instrumentation for exploring matter at different time and length scales”. The increasing complexity of instrumentation development and control, as well as the increase in data volumes requiring novel data acquisition and analysis tools, are creating new and common challenges in several disciplines of physics. To face these challenges, scientists need to develop new advanced methodologies.
HELIOS merges competences from different physics domains in instrumentation development and control as well as data acquisition and data handling, to reach this goal and to prepare young scientists for the next generation of instruments. The interdisciplinary approach of this school, across different disciplines including particle physics, atomic and molecular physics, nano science, and laser science, allows us to engineer novel solutions for instrumentation development and data acquisition at the next generation of photon sources and particle accelerators.
More information: https://www.heliosgraduateschool.org/

HELIOS presentation_download

Other initiatives and partnerships

HALOS – The Hanseatic League of Science

HALOS – The Hanseatic League of Science is a unique collaboration between Hamburg and South-West Scandinavia. It brings together the four unique research facilities MAX IV, ESS, DESY and European XFEL, and create a centre for integrated, world-leading Life Science innovation and research.

More information: https://www.maxiv.lu.se/news/halos-a-unique-collaboration-in-life-science/

CAROTS – Commercial Analytical Research Organisations Transnational Strategy

CAROTS aims to establish a new type of private or public-private company in the Baltic Sea region: a Commercial Analytical Research Organisation (CARO). CAROs, as intermediary bodies between Industry and academia, provide enterprises with much quicker yet complete assistance in analytical research in the fields of e.g. new materials, nanotechnology and life sciences.
Activities include:
• Business model and financing of CAROs
• Networking and visibility of CAROs
• Cooperation
• Public support programs
• Policy recommendations
• CAROs as associated project partners

More information: https://www.carots.eu/

CAROTS poster

iNEXT-Discovery

The iNEXT-Discovery partnership, a renewed team from the one that conceived, organised and successfully run the iNEXT consortium, brings together structural biology facilities for X-rays, NMR, cryo-EM and macromolecular biophysics, and aims to make them accessible to new user communities, to develop the methods further through joined research efforts, and to offer better integration between scientific fields and within the field of structural biology through scientific meetings, practical courses, and training workshops.
iNEXT-Discovery aims to enable access to structural biology research infrastructures for all European researchers, and especially non-experts in structural biology. For that reason it brings together a diversity of large research facilities and other groups in a single consortium. Funded by the European Commission Horizon-2020 framework program, iNEXT-Discovery is built in three pillars:
• Allowing trans-national access for users, based on rapid peer-review on scientific excellence and translational research potential.
• Performing networking and training activities, such as practical courses and workshops, to enlarge and strengthen the structural biology community.
• Undertaking joint research activities, to increase the quality and quantity of the offered access.
We encourage all academic and industry researchers to use our high-end structural biology facilities at different locations in Europe, to perform translational research relevant for the sectors of health (e.g. drug discovery, target validation), biotechnology (e.g. new enzymes), biomaterials, and food science.
More information: https://inext-discovery.eu/network/inext-d/home

Poster1: Infrastructure for Trans-Natonal Access and Discovery in Structural Biology

Poster2: Infrastructure for Trans-National Access and Discovery in Structural Biology

A presentation explaining the project: Youtube_iNEXT-Discovery Introduction

A webinar for the KETBIO community: https://inext-discovery.eu/news/inext-disovery-presented-at-ketbio/

Baltic-American Freedom Foundation – Research Scholar Program

Baltic-American Freedom Foundation provides fellowships for professors and academic researchers to conduct independent or collaborative research projects in the U.S. for up to 12 months.
More information: https://balticamericanfreedomfoundation.org/programs-awards-research/

BAFF information

SCHEDULE AND DEADLINES

Registration to Symposium open CLOSED
Registration to Symposium closed October 14 (Closed)
Online Symposium
„Photon and Neutron Science in the Baltic Sea Region“
October 26-29
1st part: Online conferenceOctober 26
2nd part: Online hackathonOctober 27-29
Call for proposals open October 30
Call for proposals closed November 16
Forum
Meeting of the Expert Panel
December (TBC)
Coaching January-May 2021

Contacts and advice


Hella Lood
Ministry of Education and Research of Estonia
Email: [email protected]

Agrita Lapinska
Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia
Email: [email protected]