Innovation-related past events

In this section you can find information about past events organised by ENRIITC members which focus on innovation and how industry can take up and commercialise research outputs.

ESOcast 234 Light: Most distant quasar with powerful radio jets discovered

8 March 2021

With the help of ESO’s Very Large Telescope, astronomers have discovered and studied in detail the most distant source of radio emission known to date. The source is a “radio-loud” quasar — a bright object with powerful jets emitting at radio wavelengths — that is so far away its light has taken 13 billion years to reach us. Watch the video which summarises the discovery here.

ATTRACT featured at Falling Walls

27 January 2021

The Falling Walls conference featured CERN during its online 2020 event, hosting a debate entitled “Does CERN need another supercollider?” and giving a prize to the European-funded ATTRACT project.

Falling Walls, an organisation based in Berlin, is known for its highly produced and well-attended annual conference, which covers “the next walls to fall in science and society”.

Falling Walls bestowed a prize on the ATTRACT project. “The ATTRACT project proposes a change in mindset on how new technologies can be funded. It aims to streamline the pathway of innovation from fundamental research to society”, said Pablo Garcia Tello, coordinator for European-funded projects at CERN.

During Phase l, ATTRACT was granted €17 million to fund 170 breakthrough projects for 12 months, enabling them to implement and develop their research idea before presenting their work at the Final ATTRACT Conference in September 2020. ATTRACT has just received its second-round grant from the European Commission, as a continuation of ATTRACT Phase l. The grant consolidates the recognition of European research infrastructures as innovation drivers. The online kick-off meeting for this second phase will take place on 1 February from 9 a.m. CET and is open to the public.

Read more here.

Euro-BioImaging: Working with science and industry to expand our imaging technology offer!

01 September 2020

For the past decades, the fields of biological and biomedical imaging have been characterised by unprecedented levels of technological innovation. Technical breakthroughs have driven numerous discoveries and continue to provide exciting opportunities for advances in the life sciences. As a technology-driven research infrastructure, Euro-BioImaging ERIC strives to stay at the technological forefront by guaranteeing access to cutting-edge biological and biomedical imaging technologies. Together with our Nodes, users as well as partners from industry, we have developed a process to identify and assess new imaging technologies, to make sure our technology offer is constantly evolving to meet user needs. In July 2020, Euro-BioImaging launched its first Proof-of-Concept study to introduce – and assess under open access conditions – previously in Euro-BioImaging unavailable, novel imaging technologies. This process is an example of an effective cooperation between industry and research infrastructures for the benefit of science and technology, as Antje Keppler, Interim Section Director of the Euro-BioImaging Bio-Hub at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), explains. Click here to read more!

kT Metrics Report

02 June 2020

Knowledge Transfer Metrics – Towards an EU-wide set of harmonised indicators

An Expert Group was assembled by the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) to examine how best to advance towards an EU-wide set of harmonised metrics for knowledge transfer (KT) in publicly funded research organisations (PROs), including universities. The Expert Group was established in partnership with the ENRIITC Associate, the European Association of KT professionals (ASTP), with the purpose of making use of ASTP’s experience of managing a pan-European data survey.

The tasks identified were to:

  • Explore with those active in knowledge transfer across EU Member States the appetite for harmonised metrics and the factors that would influence their adoption;
  • Review the 2009 seven core and seven supplementary performance indicators for PROs and test their validity in 2019;
  • Recommend a set of harmonised core indicators and a methodology for their adoption.

To read more, click here.

Workshop Genomics for a Blue Economy

11-12 December 2019

There is huge biodiversity hosted in the oceans that stimulate the research for bioactive molecules from marine bioresources for applications in the field of biotechnology. A new cohort of cross-disciplinary trained scientists are needed to exploit these promising biological resources and new strategies are needed to avoid impoverishing marine resources.

The workshop Genomic for a Blue Economy aim was to identify the state-of-the-art methods, potential challenges, and future directions in the characterisation of marine natural compounds and their applications as biotechnological and pharmaceutical products.

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