RICH 2020, the European Network of National Contact Points (NCPs) for Research Infrastructures in Horizon 2020, facilitates transnational cooperation between NCPs, promotes the effective implementation of the RI programme, supports transnational and virtual access to RIs and highlights the opportunities offered by Research Infrastructures – at the European and international level.
To enhance cooperation and networking between the national entities, a higher quality of services, NCPs for RI are involved in H2020 project RICH (Research Infrastructures Consortium for Horizon 2020).
The aim of the RICH network to be present at the Bulgarian Presidency Conference is to introduce services of the RICH Consortium and work of National Contact Points. The presence of RICH at the exhibition would be for a great benefit of the event participants, who are both ours and Conferences target group.
The Initiative for establishment of the SEE Institute for Sustainable Technologies (SEEIIST) was proposed by Prof. Herwig Schopper, a former Director General of CERN, with the core idea of creating the research nucleus by bringing people from different parts of the SEE region to work together in the spirit of “Science for Pace”.
The main goal of the Initiative is fostering the collaboration between science, technology and industry, but also providing a platform for the development of the education of young scientists and engineers based on knowledge and technology transfer from European laboratories like CERN and others.
The Declaration of Intent for establishment of the SEEIIST was signed during the Ministerial meeting held on 25 October 2017 at CERN, Genève. The Signatory Parties were: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo, FYR of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia. Croatia agreed, but for formal reasons had to delay with the signature ad referendum. Greece took the status of an observer. By the act of signing, the former Initiative has been transformed into a Regional project. The establishment of the SEEIIST Steering Committee (SC) followed in December 2017.
There are two contenders for the project:
Facility for Hadron Cancer Therapy and Biomedical Research with protons and heavier ions which would be a unique facility since 50% of the beam time will be dedicated to the research and the resting 50% on the treatment of patients, representing also in that way one of the Science for Society projects; and
4th generation of the Synchrotron Light Source with the broad spectrum of research and applications reaching from biology up to industrial aspects, which demonstrates its great innovation potential;
The Concept Study Reports (CSR) for both project options, followed by the Executive Summary, presented for the first time to the political and scientific community at the Forum on New International Research Facilities in South East Europe, held at the ICTP in Trieste, Italy, on January 25-26th, 2018. http://indico.ictp.it/event/8506/
The following steps in 2018 are the preparation of:
– ‘Memorandum of Cooperation’ to be signed by the governments of the participating parties and
– Proposals for new training programme and for the development of the detailed Concept Design Study.
Regional e-Infrastructure in South East Europe and Eastern Mediterranean (IICT – BAS)
In the last decade, a number of coordinated e-Infrastructure initiatives were crucial for enabling high-quality research & ICT developments, by providing networking and computational resources, application support and training, in both South East Europe (SEE) and Eastern Mediterranean (EM). These initiatives have helped to reduce the digital divide and brain drain in Europe, by ensuring access to regional e-Infrastructures to both new member states, those on path to ascension, and those in the area identified by the European Neighborhood Policy – in total 16.
At present, the existing e-Infrastructures – HPC, Cloud, Grid and Data – are connected with common platform to better utilise synergies, for an improved service provision within a unified Virtual Research Environment provided to the scientific user communities in the South East Europe and Eastern Mediterranean region (referred to as SEEM). The infrastructure comprises of powerful clusters and supercomputers (3 of them from the Top500 list in 2015) and substantial storage facilities (15 Petabytes). Open calls offer opportunities for research teams and SMEs to use the infrastructure.
Survey of health, ageing and retirement in Europe (SHARE)
The Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge at BAS (ISSK-BAS) was founded in July 2010 by decision of the General Assembly of the Academy as the successor of the Institute for Philosophical Research, of the Institute of Sociology, and of the Centre for Science Studies and History of Science.
The Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge at BAS conducts complex theoretical and empirical, fundamental and applied, philosophical, sociological, and science-studies-related research on knowledge, values, Man and society, in accordance with the academic, national, and European criteria and world trends in science, and trains highly qualified specialists in the academic disciplines of philosophy, sociology, science studies, and their sub-divisions.
The activities of ISSK include provision of expert and consultancy services for the needs of governance and organisation in all spheres of social practice related to the needs of the social-economic, cultural, and political development of Bulgaria and the advance of science as a social phenomenon.
The mission of the Institute, as part of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, is to ensure an adequate knowledge of the social processes and to contribute to optimizing policy making in the major social-economic field.
Among its strategic goals, ISSK-BAS works in development of scientific research infrastructures, communications, information services, and scientific management. ISSK-BAS is institutional member of SHARE ERIC and coordinates Survey of health, ageing and retirement in Europe (SHARE) in Bulgaria.
Two Research Infrastructures in their early stage of establishment with a coordinator Sofia University, Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, will be presented to demonstrate the synergy effect of different funds (Horizon2020; European Structural and Investment Funds)
– The Centre of Excellence UNITe of the type distributed research infrastructure just won the competition for funding by the ESIF under the Operational Program „Science and Education for Smart Growth” in the field of Information and communication technologies
– the Centre of Excellence Big Data for Smart Society – teaming phase 1 project of H2020 WP “Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation” – Sofia University and Chalmers University, Sweden
Joint Research Centre, European Commission
A s the science and knowledge service of the European Commission, the Joint Research Centre’s mission is to support EU policies with independent evidence throughout the whole policy cycle. The JRC creates, manages and makes sense of knowledge and develop innovative tools and make them available to policy makers. It anticipates emerging issues that need to be addressed at EU level and understand policy environment, and collaborates with over a thousand organisations worldwide whose scientists have access to many JRC facilities through various collaboration agreements. The work of the JRC has a direct impact on the lives of citizens by contributing with its research outcomes to a healthy and safe environment, secure energy supplies, sustainable mobility and consumer health and safety. The JRC draws on over 50 years of scientific experience and continually build our expertise in knowledge production and knowledge management, and hosts specialist laboratories and unique research facilities and is home to thousands of scientists.
OPEN ACCESS TO JRC RESEARCH INFRASRUCTURES
The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) opens its scientific laboratories and facilities to people working in academia and research organisations, industry, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and more in general to the public and private sector.
The JRC offers access to researchers and scientists from EU Member States, candidate countries and countries associated to the EU Research Programme Horizon 2020.
Offering access to visiting researchers is part of JRC’s strategy to: enhance dissemination of scientific knowledge; boost competiveness; bridge the gap between research and industry; provide training and capacity building.
Scientists will have the opportunity to work in the following fields: nuclear safety and security (Euratom Laboratories); chemistry; biosciences/life sciences; physical sciences; ICT; Foresight.
The results will also feed into JRC’s mission to support EU policymaking.
At present calls are opened for the Nano biotechnologies Laboratory at JRC-Ispra and to four Nuclear facilities for nuclear reaction and decay data measurements at JRC-Karlsruhe.
ESFRI (European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures)
ESFRI’s booth at ‘’RIs beyond 2020 Conference” will provide an additional contact point between ESFRI and the RI community in Europe and beyond, will further allow ESFRI to establish, strengthen and maintain relationships with existing and potential RI projects and will provide opportunities not only for dialogue among project representatives but also for face to face interaction with ESFRI stakeholders.
Visitors of ESFRI booth at ‘RIs beyond 2020 Conference’ will receive information on the progress of the new ESFRI Strategy Report, the Roadmap 2018- ESFRI’s main output. Since ESFRI is prepared to announce the Roadmap 2018 update in September, the exhibition booth will serve as an ideal place to enable the exchange of information on details about the Roadmap update and the events surrounding its announcement.
At ESFRI booth, the RI community will also be introduced to the ESFRI MOS monitoring system – the central online platform for information on the ESFRI Projects and ESFRI Landmarks-, and stakeholders will get hard copies of the new ESFRI Scripta series – a useful reference publication for framing the optimal support actions for a more and more effective translation of scientific knowledge into innovation, exploiting fully the great potential of Research Infrastructures.
Two of the ESFRI Scripta series volumes are specifically related to the conference main themes, namely Long Term Sustainability and the Innovation potential and orientation of ESFRI RIs. Visitors of the booth will have the chance to get more info on how ESFRI plans to continue studying these issues and developing new initiatives, ideas and implementation plans.
DiSSCo is a new pan-European Research Infrastructure initiative of 21 European countries (114 self-sustainable collection-holding organisations) with a mission to transform a fragmented landscape of natural science collections into a coherent pan-European RI providing bio- and geo-diversity data at the scale, form and precision required in the areas of biodiversity discovery, climate change, food security, one health and the bioeconomy. DiSSCo represents the largest ever formal agreement between natural science collections globally. It directly addresses the identified gaps in the current landscape of Environmental RIs related to robust and consistent data provision of biodiversity and geodiversity as reference information for end users and other RIs.
DiSSCo has applied for inclusion to the ESFRI Roadmap 2018.
The European Analytical Research Infrastructure Village
The European Analytical Research Infrastructure Village represents five large-scale H2020 integrating activities across synchrotron, free-electron lasers, neutron sources and high-power lasers, as well as three regionally-based activities. These projects are all running strong outreach and access platforms to work better with European industry, facilitating exploitation of these large-scale facilities for commercial R&D with the ultimate in life and materials characterisation from atomic, to nano- and micro-scales.
By combining forces and resources across the projects, we coordinate activities and engage a critical mass to be more visible towards enterprises.
A new distributed pan-European Research Infrastructure supporting interdisciplinary research on river-sea systems
Freshwater and marine systems are central to societal wellbeing, yet they face multiple and confounding pressures from climate change, eutrophication and other natural and anthropogenic environmental perturbations of varying intensities at local and global scales. The International Centre for Advanced Studies on River-Sea Systems (DANUBIUS-RI) will be a distributed research infrastructure (RI) that brings together world leading expertise and provide access to a range of river-sea (RS) systems, facilities and expertise, to provide a ‘one- stop shop’ for knowledge exchange, access to harmonised data, a platform for interdisciplinary research, education and training and hence provide answers to questions regarding sustainable management and environmental protection of the RS continuum. There is a widely recognised need to consider the RS system as a single continuum, spanning traditional disciplinary silos and overcoming the gaps between the existing European environmental policies (e.g. Water Framework Directive 2000; Floods Directive 2007; Marine Strategy Framework Directive 2008; Natura 2000). DANUBIUS-RI will have the capability of providing the evidence base required for a more comprehensive framework for future European environmental policy making.
The research in DANUBIUS covers the thematic and mission of several research institutes of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS), therefore the central administration coordinates the Bulgarian contribution to the project. When applying for H2020 funding in 2016, the Ministry of Education and Science did sent a letter of support for DANUBIUS PP and the future distributed RI. Six institutes of BAS did sent letters of interest. Initially, no nodes or super sites are planned for Bulgaria, but development of such in collaboration with the Nestos (Mesta) site can be planned. Bulgarian researchers can also collaborate with those from Romania for sites at Danube river and at the Black Sea. DANUBIUS PP is related to the Bulgarian National Research Infrastructure Road Map through the planned National GEOINFO Centre.
Contacts DANUBIUS PP in Bulgaria:
Prof. Ekaterina Batchvarova, Narional Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Prof. Dimiter Ivanov, Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences