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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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28 April 2017

Executive Masters in Management of Research Infrastructure

The Research Infrastructure grant RItrain, funded under Horizon 2020, together with the University of Milano-Bicocca launched a unique international management development programme. This management development programme is primarily aimed at current Research Infrastructures managers and leaders who wish to extend their competencies by engaging with peers from other countries. The programme covers competencies required to meet the needs of Research Infrastructures in the planning, construction and operation phases. RItrain will support the registration fees for the applicants to the first iteration of this Master course.

Call for applications start date: 20 April 2017
Deadline for application: 31 May 2017
Admission results: June 2017
Programme start date: 20 September 2017

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23 March 2017

Long term sustainability of Research Infrastructures, Exploring RI's full potential

The report of the Stakeholders Workshop held in Brussels on 25 November 2016 has been published

The objective of the workshop was to present and discuss with experts/ stakeholders the main challenges identified in the online Stakeholder consultation on Research Infrastructures long term sustainability launched in December 2015 and to collect suggestions and comments for the development of an Action Plan on Research Infrastructures long term sustainability approach.

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