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News :: 23 May 2013 – Bratislava (SK)

Information Day on FET Flagships for Slovakia

(29/07/2013) The Slovak Organization for Research and Development Activities – the NCP host organization in the Slovak Republic – organised a major information event for about 100 participants on the two FET Flagships Graphene and Human Brain Project with a view to enlarge participation of and collaboration with Slovak partners.

The Slovak Organization for Research and Development Activities – the NCP host organization in the Slovak Republic – organised a major information event for a wide Slovak community from academia and industry interested in the two FET Flagships on Graphene and HBP. It was hosted and opened by Robert Redhammer, the chancellor of the Slovak University of Technology, Bratislava. Wolfgang Boch, EC, Head of Unit Flagship presented the research policy context and an outlook on FET for Horizon 2020.


The event has been very positive in two ways. First, it enabled the Slovakian participants to learn about the objectives, forthcoming calls and potential ways to become a partner in the Flagships. Secondly, it enabled a better understanding for the Flagship representatives of the respective national excellence centres in Graphene research and neuroscience in Slovakia.

There were two key notes from leading Slovak scientists: Peter Lobotka, Slovak member of the NMP-PC explained that national funding on nano-material science and research amounts to 3.4M€ in 2011) plus 1.7M€ from EC (over 5 years). Michal Novak presented the Slovak Brain Institute and the challenges in brain research. He also mentioned Slovakia’s participation in the EU Joint Programming initiative on Alzheimer’s disease.

Jari Kinaret, Chalmers University (SE), Director of Graphene stressed in his presentation on the Graphene Flagship that it focuses on two value-chains: intellectual value-chain (from fundamental to applied research) and industrial value-chain (material components & systems) to products. He provided details on the open competitive call that will focus on engineering tasks mostly.
Karlheinz Meier, University of Heidelberg (DE), HBP co-director, explained that their competitive call is planned for a budget of ca. 8.3M€; the competitive call will be used to increase the number of groups who will use the platforms, e.g. the neuromorphic platform.

More information, the presentations and some photos are available here:
http://www.7rp.sk/informacne-dni/fet-flagships.html