Vacancy at CLARIN ERIC: Executive Director

As the last term of office of the current Executive Director will run out in 2022, CLARIN is looking for an inspiring person to chair the Board of Directors (BoD) and -in close collaboration with the other board members and the national coordinators- steer CLARIN in consolidating its position in the dynamic RI landscape.
The Executive Director chairs the CLARIN Board of Directors and is supported by the staff of the central CLARIN Office.

The application deadline is 18 October 2021!

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EMBL strengthens links with Estonia


EMBL and the University of Tartu have signed a memorandum of understanding to foster scientific collaboration in the life sciences.

Since June 2019, Estonia has been a prospect member state of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has now been signed between EMBL and the University of Tartu, a leading centre of research and training. The MoU aims to strengthen cooperation between EMBL and the life science research community in Estonia, building on the very successful links in the context of the prospect membership.

This MoU also formalises previous exchanges and research collaborations between the two institutions. In February 2021, EMBL and the Estonian Research Council organised a joint workshop in which many Estonian researchers were actively involved, including participants and speakers from the University of Tartu. On this occasion, EMBL Director General Edith Heard presented the next EMBL Programme, Molecules to Ecosystems, which has the aim of understanding life in its natural context. EMBL’s scientific plans for the next five years (2022–2026) is the first pan-European molecular biology programme for environmental and human health and has collaboration across disciplines and sectors at its core.

During the workshop in February, EMBL Deputy Director General Ewan Birney highlighted the work of EMBL’s European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) in human genetics and personalised medicine. Other talks by EMBL Heads of Faculty touched upon bioinformatics training opportunities and some of the themes in the new EMBL Programme. Possibilities for joint collaboration were also discussed, particularly on several of the programme’s new transversal themes, such as Human Ecosystems, Planetary Biology, Microbial Ecosystems, and Data Science.

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Vacancy at CLARIN ERIC: Member of the Board of Directors

As of January 2022 the CLARIN European Research Infrastructure Consortium (CLARIN) will have an opening for the position of member of the Board of Directors (20% FTE) who will work closely together with the other directors. The appointment will be for a term of two years, with the possibility of prolongation for another term of two years.The mission of CLARIN ERIC is to develop and maintain Europe’s common language resources and technology infrastructure.  At the same time CLARIN serves as an ecosystem for the exchange of knowledge and experience that is crucial for the uptake of CLARIN within the domains in which digital scholarship is rapidly developing, in particular in the social sciences and humanities.

Applications (including CV, publication list, statement of motivation) as well as requests for information should be sent to Franciska de Jong, Executive Director of CLARIN ERIC, by email:; the phrase “member BoD” should be included in the subject header.

The application deadline is 31 October 2021!

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Big Science Sweden members in ESS framework agreement

ESS has now published a list of suppliers contracted in the framework agreement for technical consultants and services.
Under the agreement, the companies will be supplying services in various fields of expertise for two years, which can be extended up to five years. The technical areas include Plan and Process Engineering (Lot 1), Mechanical Engineering (Lot 2), Electrical Engineering, Instrumentation & Control, Integration & Coordination (Lot 3), Technical Project Management & Technical Administration (Lot 4), Quality Management (Lot 5), Environment (Lot 6), and Safety & Health (Lot 7).

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Apply for Pilot project • Industrial utilization of neutron and synchrotron light-based technologies in large-scale research infrastructure

The project is initiated by Vinnova (Sweden’s Innovation Agency) which contributes funding.

Apply no later than September 21, 2021!

Through the funding, Vinnova wants to strengthen the conditions for industrial use of technologies based on neutron scattering and synchrotron light in large-scale research infrastructure.

The project can, for example, be carried out in collaboration with the metals research institute Swerim which conducts industry-oriented research, and with expertise in current neutron and/or synchrotron light-based technology.

The application applies to a pilot project that is fully financed by Vinnova with a maximum of SEK 500,000 per application, and a development project with a maximum of SEK 1,500,000 per application where at least 30% of the total project costs must be financed by the participating parties.

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Researchers use CERN technology to evaluate risk of COVID-19 transmission

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Having good safety measures at schools is very important as children start going back to the classroom. But which measures are most effective at optimising health and safety conditions and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in school settings?

In a new study, researchers from various institutes including the Institute of Global Health (IGH) at the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and CERN used the CARA tool to model the concentration profiles of potential airborne viruses in a classroom of 160 m3 containing one infectious individual. A comprehensive analysis was conducted in order to find optimal solutions in different scenarios. It found, for instance, that natural ventilation – while a necessary measure – is more effective in winter than in summer.

CARA was initially used at CERN to inform space-management decisions on the CERN sites. “CARA is an easy-to-use tool, which CERN has made openly available. The original idea of CARA came from wanting to investigate the risks of working in shared spaces. Over time, the tool was further optimised thanks to the expertise of different departments at CERN and with the help of worldwide experts in infectious diseases,” says Andre Henriques, head developer of CARA from the Occupational Health and Safety and Environmental Protection (HSE) unit at CERN.

CERN’s know-how was key in developing the physical model of CARA, but with institutes like IGH bringing their extensive expertise in epidemiology and public health to the table, it is possible to exploit the potential of the tool for wider applications.

“With CERN’s technological expertise and our experience in health studies, the results from the study will be highly useful in deciding on targeted technical solutions that can help balance safety with a better school going experience,” says Jennifer Villers, an MSc student at UNIGE and the main author of the study.

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81% of Horizon 2020 papers were published in open access journals

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European Commission boasts of high level of open access publishing in Horizon 2020. But researchers complain getting processing fees approved is long winded and could result in them losing out on intellectual property rights.

More than 80% of scientific papers stemming from Horizon 2020 funded projects were published in open access journals, according to the European Commission in a new report.

It shows 86% of publications based on projects funded through the excellent science pillar in Horizon 2020 were published in open access journals. The highest rates of open access publication were in projects funded through the European Research Council (ERC) and the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) programme, where rates were over 88%.

A large majority of Horizon 2020 researchers complied with the requirement to deposit open access publications in repositories. However, only 39% of Horizon 2020 deposited datasets are findable, with the remainder not including reliable metadata needed to track them down. Only 32% of deposited datasets can be quickly accessed via a link in the metadata.

Under Horizon 2020 researchers were required for the first time to publish the results of EU-funded projects in open access publications. To promote this, in 2018, a consortium of national research agencies and funders from 12 European countries launched Plan S, an international effort to make research papers funded with public money openly available.

Since then, the EU has also mandated that all papers coming from projects funded through Horizon Europe, its €95.5 billion research programme, should be published in open access journals.

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BSBF Webinar Miniseries: The future of Big Science facilities – Episode #1

Astronomy tries to provide answers to some of mankind’s most basic questions: how did the Universe origin and how can we explain its fundamental physics? What is behind the formation of galaxies? Are we alone in the Universe? The key to providing answers to these enigmas are international scientific collaboration and ambitious international endeavours to build large astronomical observatories, as some BSBF2022 members can prove. ESO is currently building the Extremely Large Telescope, a revolutionary ground-based telescope that will be the largest visible and infrared light telescope in the world. The Square Kilometre Array Observatory, another member of BSBF2022, kicks of its construction this year with the objective of becoming the world’s largest radio telescope. ESA among other projects is involved in the James Webb Space Telescope, the next great space science observatory following Hubble. Other exciting projects such as CTAO in high energy physics and the EST in the field of solar astronomy are in different degrees of implementation.

In this webinar, featuring prominent speakers from ESA, ESO, SKAO, EST and CTAO, we take a step ahead and identify the technologies that will drive these and other organisations’ future projects, taking a look at their strategies for the future and their research and development programmes, and how industry can get involved.

Title: ” A look into the future of Big Science infrastructures. Episode 1: Strategic view, roadmaps and development programmes of astronomy research infrastructures ”

Date: 6 October, 2021

Time: 09:30 – 12:00 CET


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#ENRIITCyourCoffee Season 3 Episode 7 on industry access to facilities on the ISIS Neutron example

Welcome to the recap of #ENRIITCyourCoffee Season 3 Episode 7 on Applied & industrial vs fundamental science. We had the joy to hear from three speakers this time: Ed Mitchell, Head of Business Development Office at ESRF, Magnus Larsson, Head of Industrial Relations at MAXIV Laboratory and Graham Appleby, Business Development Manager at the UK’s ISIS Neutron and Muon Source.

Magnus spared no time and jumped in by giving an overview how industry could obtain open access to the synchrotron for free: the peer-reviewed access and proprietary access (see on video at 02:55). Magnus also outlines the Spring-8 model that was the basis for a hybrid solution between peer-reviewed and proprietary access and how this model would be modified for this hybrid solution.

Next up was Graham who moved away from theory and more into practice on how they are handling this in ISIS Neutron (see on video at 06:35). He follows up Magnus’ schema with examples ISIS sees why one or the other method is not working to grant beam time. The method ISIS Neutron uses at the moment is the Industrial Collaborative R&D. Graham elaborates that ISIS Neutron aims not to support industry access based on commercial gain/income for company but rather to focus on the economic impact of using neutrons. It’s a fine, but significant distinction.

The main ICRD progamme characteristics are:

  • Beamtime is free at point of use
  • Beamtime is obtained very quickly
  • Must demonstrate economic benefit to the UK
  • The company provides matching in-kind funding
  • The results remain confidential during experiment and data analysis
  • The company decides to publish results or to keep them confidential and purchase for the usage (this option remains for some time after the experiment).

Graham expands on these points at 08:24 in the video.

This programme at ISIS Neutron has resulted in 30 publications and 3 patents. See the general numbers at 11:49 in the video. Grahams conclusions show that out of 48 beam days per year there was £2 million of value created. One difficulty in following up was that often after some years the historical data is difficult to obtain by the companies. He also suggests that there should be dedicated staff to track outcomes. Although ISIS staff has co-authored many articles with big industry players such as Rolls-Royce, Unilever and more.

Graham is also happy to share an independent impact report by Technopolis Group forecasting that more than £500 million in savings or income has been gained by the participating companies and their supply chains.

See the discussion on topics such as if the company has to be UK based and how ISIS ranks the proposals from 17:10 in the video.

Read more on the #ENRIITCyourCoffee breaks on our dedicated page here.

SIOS Innovation Award 2021


SIOS is launching its first Innovation Award, that aims to promote innovation in support of Earth system science in the Svalbard region.

The call is open to everyone who meets the eligibility criteria outlined in the call text. The proposed innovation must aim to solve a problem in Earth system science research or monitoring in Svalbard.

The winner of the award will be announced at the Svalbard Science Conference in Oslo, 2-3 November 2021. As part of this award SIOS is offering to match Early Career Researchers with a mentor for the SIOS community to help develop their idea. Refer to appendix 3 of the call text for details.


Deadline to apply: 10 September 2021!

Click here to fill in the form and submit your application.