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7 September 2017

LEAPS Launch Conference, Making the Invisible Visible!

13 November 2017, Brussels

Accelerator based light sources have made fantastic contribution to science and innovation in Europe. That's why over the past decades 15 such synchrotron or free electron laser facilities have been built across the EU and its associated members. As Europe is growing together to face the challenges of our common future these facilities are intensifying their collaboration. LEAPS, the League of European Accelerator-based Photon Sources, is a new strategic consortium of the Synchrotron Radiation and Free Electron Laser user facilities in Europe. Its primary goal is to actively and constructively ensure and promote the quality and impact of the fundamental, applied and industrial research carried out at their respective facility to the greater benefit of European science and society.

At the LEAPS Launch event of 13 November 2017 in Brussels, representatives from the ministries and funding agencies will explain how national strategies support EU-wide collaboration. The event is structured in three panel discussions illuminating excellence in science, challenges in innovation, and opportunities for integration.

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20 July 2017

EURAXESS launches Research Infrastructures brand new feature

EURAXESS - Researchers in Motion is a unique pan-European initiative delivering information and support services to professional researchers. Backed by the European Union and its Member States, it supports researcher mobility and career development, while enhancing scientific collaboration between Europe and the world.

EURAXESS has been implemented with a new feature, which lets universities, research institutions and businesses highlight if the research job/hosting opportunity they wish to advertise at the portal, is related to a position/project within a Research Infrastructure.

EURAXESS services requires users to have an organization profile. It allows to enter in the "MY EURAXESS" private area where it is possible to highlight that a research job opportunity is related to a position within a Research Infrastructure, or that a research hosting opportunity is related to a project within a Research Infrastructure.

Approved offers become visible at the Jobs Search page or Hosting Search page where they can be filtered by "Research Infrastructures" as well as other additional criteria.

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18 July 2017

Commission hands over ERIC Plate for a new European research infrastructure for structural biology hosted by the UK

On 18 July 2017, Patrick Child, Deputy Director-General of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, handed over the INSTRUCT-ERIC Plate to Jo Johnson, Minister of State of the United Kingdom responsible for universities, science, research and innovation. The official handover followed the granting of the legal status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) to INSTRUCT, a European research infrastructure hosted by the UK, on 4 July 2017.

INSTRUCT-ERIC will provide high-quality working conditions for researchers in structural biology. Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Slovakia are also members of INSTRUCT-ERIC, while Spain, Greece and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) are currently observers. INSTRUCT-ERIC is the seventeenth ERIC established by the European Commission and the second ERIC after the European Social Survey hosted by the UK. The European Union has supported INSTRUCT with around €8.5 million. The ERIC status provides the facilities with many administrative advantages enjoyed by international organisations and therefore helps to successfully implement the infrastructure projects.

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5 July 2017

ESFRI Annual Report 2016

On the 21st of June in Krakow, Poland, ESFRI adopted its 2016 Activity Report. The document summarises all the activities of the Forum, including the publication of the ESFRI Roadmap 2016 and the results of analytical work related to links between research infrastructures and industry, coordination of funding of e-Infrastructures and the evolution of neutron sources in Europe. The Report also gives a comprehensive account of all ESFRI meetings and provides an overview of the different ESFRI bodies and working groups.

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