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9 June 2017

Two ERICs -CESSDA ERIC and ECCSEL ERIC- hosted by Norway established today by Commission Decision

It is the first time that ERICs will be hosted by an associated country.

Today the Commission established the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA ERIC) and the European Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Laboratory (ECCSEL ERIC) with statutory seats in Bergen and Trondheim respectively.

CESSDA ERIC aims at providing a distributed and sustainable research infrastructure enabling the research community to conduct high-quality research in the social sciences contributing to the production of effective solutions to the major challenges facing society today and to facilitate teaching and learning. The Commission has supported CESSDA and CESSDA related activities under FP-7 and H2020 for an amount of about 18 Mln EUR. CESSDA entered the ESFRI Roadmap in 2006.

ECCSEL ERIC aims at establishing a world-class distributed research infrastructure to facilitate superior experimental research on new and improved CO2 capture, transport and storage techniques (CCS). ECCSEL ERIC has its statutory seat in Trondheim. The Commission has supported ECCSEL under FP-7 and H2020 for an amount of about 6 Mln EUR. ECCSEL entered the ESFRI Roadmap in 2008.

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31 May 2017

Symposium "Fostering the Innovation Potential of Research Infrastructures"

Presentations now available

The symposium was organized by the RICH Project (network of National Contact Points for H2020-Research Infrastructures programme) on 8 May 2017, in Lisbon. The objectives of the symposium were to showcase approaches to innovation taken by Research Infrastructures and projects in all scientific domains, as well as to provide a floor for the discussion of policies and incentives for innovation.

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16 May 2017

EU-backed major research facility promotes peace in the Middle East

Strongly supported by European Union funding, the SESAME synchrotron, the first major international research infrastructure in the Middle East, started operating today in Allan, Jordan.

Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation said: "SESAME is the best evidence that science diplomacy is a driver of scientific and technological excellence and a powerful tool for improving relations across countries, regions and cultures promoting peace and stability in the region. As a universal language, science opens channels of communication and builds trust. I'm proud to see that the EU is supporting this important flagship of science diplomacy."

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2 May 2017

Fostering the Innovation Potential of Research Infrastructures

Symposium, 8 May, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (FCG), Lisbon, Portugal

On behalf of the RICH Project, the Horizon 2020 network of Research Infrastructures (RI) National Contact Points (NCPs), in close collaboration with the European Commission (DG RTD), organizes the upcoming symposium ¨Fostering the Innovation Potential of Research Infrastructures¨, that will take place on May 8th at the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (FCG) in Lisbon.

The Symposium will consist on a Keynote lecture, followed by three Plenary Sessions, devoted to (1) Innovation at the RI level and at the project level, (2) Policy tools and Instruments, and (3) Innovation in Action – Clusters and spin-offs, followed by a Round Table named (1) Fostering the Innovation Potential of RIs, all related to the Research Infrastructures´ landscape.

The Symposium´s main objective is to provide a platform for effective, high-level interaction between both Research infrastructures projects and/or national RIs and industry. Even though the potential of RIs to foster innovation is clearly recognized – with industry as supplier or as user of the different RIs – it is still underexplored.

The event is mainly addressed at industry representatives, Research Infrastructures NCPs, Research Infrastructures scientific leaders and managers, ESFRI actors, and technology transfer and communication officers.

The event will be Live streamed.

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