LaunchPad: 3 steps

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

26-29 October 2020

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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?

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE EVENT !!!

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 OPEN NOW!!! DEADLINE for registration- 30. September

DETAILED PROGRAMME WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON!

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 hackaton): 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!!!

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

REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW!!! DEADLINE for registration- 30. September

Please note that these are extended registration forms in order to gather information for the testing and evaluation of the 3-step approach and for pre-matching the participants for the hackathon. The information provided in the registration form will only be used for the Symposium and “BSN_Powerhouse” project purposes and not used or published elsewhere. Please note that the hackaton sessions will be divided between the groups and will NOT require 8 hours of participation during 3 days

Conference Preliminary programme

Morning session 9.00-12.30 CET – Opening and introduction

Klaus von Lepel, Ministry of Science, Research
and Equalities, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

Hella Lood, Ministry of Education and Research of Estonia
Research infrastructure/Industry perspective
Short inspirational presentations by large-scale operating research infrastructures, e.g. MAX IV, DESY, European XFEL, ILL, and by LINX – a novel platform for linking industry to Neutrons and X-rays introducing the industry’s perspective of research collaboration.
 The presentations will show what the facilities have to offer for research and collaboration, bring forth examples of collaboration/projects, so-called flagship projects/topics, including novel and innovative collaborations and research topics (‘outside’ of the typical fields, interdisciplinary collaboration, etc) and collaboration with industry).
Lunch break (1 hour)
Afternoon session 13.30-17.00 CET Scientific perspective
Short inspirational presentations covering different research methods and fields of research.
The presentations will share good examples of how research could be carried out in traditional and ‘novel’ ways of using photons and neutrons as methods (e.g. applying photon and neutron methods ‘outside’ of the typical fields of research) and share good examples and practices of collaboration within the field, including involving industry.
Confirmed speakers:
Andris Anspoks, ISSP University of Latvia, on Latvia on using large facilities – what can be achieved in the cooperation within research partners in the EU and Baltic Sea Region;
Inari Kursula, University of Oulo, University of Bergen;
Joanna Czapla-Masztafiak, Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Sciences in Kraków, on complementary use of laboratory and free-electron X-ray sources to study metal-based complexes
Jörg Pieper, University of Tartu, Estonia, on insights into solution structures and dynamics of biomolecules provided by neutron scattering techniques;
Martin Meedom Nielsen, Technical University of Denmark;
Vadim Parfenov, St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University, on laser techniques in Cultural Heritage preservation.

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. Please note that the hackathon sessions will be divided between the groups and will not require 8 hours of participation in 3 days.

DETAILED PROGRAMME WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON!

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 Oulo, 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.

SCHEDULE AND DEADLINES

Registration to Symposium open Is open
Registration to Symposium closed September 30
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]