Se ha llevado a cabo la 9ª reunión del grupo de trabajo EU-CELAC sobre infraestructuras de investigación. (WG RI)

La 9ª reunión del Grupo de Trabajo UE-CELAC sobre Infraestructuras de Investigación (WG RI) tuvo lugar el  pasado 28 de abril de 2022, esta instancia fue copresidida por Martin Penny, DG de Investigación e Innovación de la Comisión Europea, y Fernando Amestoy, Director del Instituto Polo Tecnológico de Pando, Uruguay. En este encuentro han participado un  total de 28 delegados y participantes tanto de América Latina y el caribe como de Europa.

La reunión se centró en los próximos eventos enfocados en Infraestructuras de Investigación (ICRI 2022, Horizon Europe, 4ª Convocatoria Conjunta UE-LAC) y en un debate sobre las posibles áreas en las que debería centrarse el grupo de trabajo en los próximos años. En esta reunión también se dio la bienvenida al CERN como observador.

La presentación de la comisión expresó su interés en continuar trabajando en la próxima “service facility”  de apoyo al grupo de trabajo, que debería aumentar la capacidad de la organización lo suficiente como para cubrir los próximos cuatro años de operaciones. La contratación pública está actualmente en curso, y en los próximos meses habrá más noticias y actualizaciones. Esta novena reunión será un impulso para apoyar adicionalmente a las futuras instalaciones de servicios, abriendo el debate sobre las prioridades para obtener el sentimiento general dentro del grupo de trabajo, sus opiniones y preferencias.

Respecto al escenario para el futuro de Horizonte Europa sobre infraestructuras de investigación, Patricia Postigo McLaughlin y Jimena Arango Montanez, compartieron con la audiencia la próxima convocatoria sobre infraestructuras de investigación, dirigida a la región de LAC. El concepto de la convocatoria está todavía en desarrollo, y ya cuenta con el apoyo previsto para el desarrollo de los resultados del proyecto ResInfra UE-ALC. La convocatoria pretende ser paralela al trabajo del futuro servicio, complementando las actividades políticas con acciones, tales como proyectos. Los temas principales son la energía, la salud, la biodiversidad, el cambio climático y la seguridad alimentaria.

El proyecto UE-RESINFRA, representado por Inmaculada Figueroa Rojas y Claudia Romano, informó a los delegados sobre la 4ª Convocatoria Conjunta UE-LAC sobre CTI, que contiene varios temas sobre infraestructuras de investigación. La convocatoria fue publicada por el Grupo de Interés UE-LAC y está estrechamente vinculada tanto al proyecto EU.-LAC ResInfra como a la actividad del GT. Como parte de este vínculo con el proyecto EU-LAC ResInfra, se celebrará una serie de seminarios sobre cooperación en materia de Infraestructuras de Investigacion entre junio y septiembre de 2022, así como un taller sobre HPC para la colaboración internacional entre Europa y América Latina.

Finalmente, la última discusión se centró en las siguientes nuevas áreas temáticas prioritarias que el Grupo de Trabajo pretende explorar, tales como la energía, la biodiversidad, la economía circular, la ciencia abierta y los datos abiertos, la sostenibilidad, la valorización del conocimiento, los modos de organización, entre otros, así como una mayor alineación con los temas de la ICRI.

9th meeting of the EUROPEAN UNION-LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN WORKING GROUP ON RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURES (WG RI)

The 9th meeting on EU-CELAC Working Group on Research Infrastructures (WG RI) took place online on 28 April 2022. The meeting was co-chaired by Martin Penny, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission, and Fernando Amestoy, Director of the Institute Polo Tecnológico de Pando, Uruguay. A total of 28 delegates and participants from LAC and the EU attended the meeting.

The meeting focused on the upcoming RI-related events (ICRI 2022, Horizon Europe call, EU-LAC 4th Joint Call) and a debate on the possible areas that the Working Group should focus on in the following years. The WG meeting also welcomed CERN as an observer.

The commission’s presentation expressed interest in continuing work on the next ‘service facility’ supporting the WG, which should boost the organization’s capacity enough to cover the next four years of operations. Public procurement is currently ongoing, and more news and updates should be available in the following months. This 9th meeting is a springboard towards the additional incoming support by the future service facility, opening the discussion on future priorities to get the general feeling within the WG and their views and preferences.

While on stage for the future of Horizon Europe on Research Infrastructures, Patricia Postigo McLaughlin and Jimena Arango Montanez, shared with the audience the upcoming call on research infrastructures, targeting the LAC region. The call concept is still being developed, with support planned for the development from the outcomes of the EU-LAC ResInfra project. The call is meant to parallel the future service facility’s work, complementing policy activities with project-type actions. The main topics are energy, health, biodiversity, climate change, and food security.

The EU-RESINFRA project represented by Inmaculada Figueroa Rojas and Claudia Romano informed the delegates about the 4th EU-LAC Joint Call on STI, which contains several topics on research infrastructures. The call was published by the EU-LAC Interest Group and is closely linked to both the EU-LAC ResInfra project and the WG activity. As part of this link with the EU-LAC ResInfra project, a series of seminars on RI cooperation will be held from June to September 2022, as well as a workshop on HPC for international collaboration between Europe and Latin America.

Finally, the last discussion centered in the following new, priority thematic-areas that WG aims to explore such as energy, biodiversity, circular economy, open science and open data, sustainability, knowledge valorization, organizational modes, among others, as well as a closer alignment with the ICRI topics.

ENRICH in LAC SLH Twinning Programme will start soon!

ENRICH in LAC SLH Twinning Programme will start soon!

From April 6 to April 8, participants will learn from experts of internationalization and benefit from a free online matchmaking session between Europe and Latin America.

Registrations are now open through the WorldLabs platform, clicking on FREE Register.

AGENDA:

Day 1. April 6th – Kick-Off (Open for All)

Filipe Cassapo, president of ENRICH in LAC will address some important issues:

  • Challenges in public-driven policies for international partnerships
  • Reasons to partner with Europe (With Dr. Carlos Eduardo de Andrade Lima da Rocha, Coordinatior at Fiocruz International Cooperation Agreement with University of Aveiro)
  • Demystifying the bureaucracy for international partnerships (With Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação- SPI)
  • Funding mechanisms for partnering abroad (With Raquel Almeida, trainer for Horizon Europe)

Katrin Singer, representing Fraunhofer, institution ahead of the coordination of ENRICH in LAC will address:

  • The opportunities attached to the internationalization
  • How ENRICH in LAC can help your institution and how to become a member
  • Successful cases under our orientation.

Day 2. April 7th – Matchmaking (Open for All)

  • Presentation of the participants
  • Breakout rooms: participants will be able to discuss with others in specific rooms divided by interest.
  • EXCLUSIVE FOR MEMBERS: ENRICH in LAC members will receive a tailored suggestion of institutions according to their activity, strategy and goals

Day3. April 8th – Consulting Services (Members Exclusive)

During the last day of the event, members will have a tailored experience. Interested parties will have time to discuss with experts and create a made-to-measure action plan, with the next steps to make their partnering successful and in full contact with their matches.

The first 2022 edition of the EU-LAC Resinfra Newsletter, is out!

During the past year 2021, EU-LAC ResInfra has achieved its planned outcomes and objectives for this period. Moreover, EU-LAC ResInfra has participated in many international scientific events and conferences, reaching higher dissemination of the project’s results.

All the details are described in our last Newsletter that can be read HERE

4th EU-LAC Joint Call in STI 2022

The EU-LAC Interest Group towards the Common Research Area launches a new Joint Call to enhance the bi-regional cooperation in Science, Technology, and Innovation. The call did open last Monday, 24 January 2021, and will close the Thursday, 28 April 2022.

The call to find initiatives that contemplate sustainable and multilateral research cooperation between researchers from Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean countries. Multiregional consortia are called to submit the proposals to six topics of Global Challenges, Health, Biodiversity, and EnergyThe call topics have been defined in collaboration with the EU-funded projects EU-LAC ResInfraEULAC PerMed, and SINCERE.. 

The Proposals must be submitted online following the Guide for Applicants. The application consists of two parts, the Project Description Template form and the online submission form accessible at https://ptoutline.eu/app/eu-lac-2022

The projects will be funded for up to 36 months. For more information, please follow the link: https://www.eucelac-platform.eu/joint-call/4th-eu-lac-joint-call-sti-2022

3rd ESFRI RIs -EOSC Workshop: What does EOSC bring to RI users?. Will take place on 25 & 26 January 2022

The 3rd workshop is on how the RI communities and researchers can use and benefit from EOSC, getting added value. Besides the general benefits of EOSC towards open science and “FAIRification” of data and services, it is considered that the daily use of EOSC Exchange and concrete tools by the RI users for intra and interdisciplinary research will also greatly benefit EOSC, in becoming useful and effective, contributing towards its sustainability.

Some points that will be highlighted during this workshop are:

  • The connection of RIs to EOSC, both ESFRI and other world-class Ris
  • The added value of EOSC for the RI communities and end users. I.e., what does EOSC bring to (users of) international RIs
  • Bringing international RIs up to speed on Open Science and the FAIR policy agenda, including concrete paradigms from young researchers presenting their work on Open Science and FAIR data, with possible achievements, may have positive effects on high-level RI/lab managers.
  • The co-creation between providers and users of the EOSC vision, in terms of service portfolio for the users

The agent of this event will to have seven sessions divided in two days every one which will have the presence of distinguished presenters. The title and the presenter of every instance are:

Day 1 – Tuesday, 25 January 2022

  1. Scope, EOSC current state and the EOSC Association, Chair: Jana Kolar, ESFRI Chair
  2. EOSC: Researcher Engagement and Adoption, Chair: Suzanne Dumouchel, French National Centre for Scientific
  3. The EOSC added value for the thematic communities – How can RI end users benefit from EOSC – Chair: Sara Garavelli, CSC-IT Center for Science & EOSC-A Director
  4. Feedback panel for users (Sessions 2-3): EOSC Added value for end users – Views on how the RI community can benefit from EOSC: EOSC developers, policy makers and funders face the users, Chair: Kostas Glinos, DG RTD, European Commission

Day 2 – Wednesday, 26 January 2022

  1. How generic and thematic EOSC services can add value to the RI community, Chair: Per Oster, CSC IT Center for Science 
  2. Feedback panel for providers (session 5): EOSC added value for thematic providers – Cross-fertilization between thematic and generic providers, Chair: Ignacio Blanquer, Polytechnic University of Valencia & EOSC – A director
  3.  Summary and conclusions: Report from Sessions and further feedback from audience –Summary and conclusions

For more details about the agenda follow the link: https://www.esfri.eu/esfri-events/3rd-esfri-ris-eosc-workshop?qt-event=1#qt-event

This event will be entirely online, and to participate, please subscribe at the link here: https://www.esfri.eu/esfri-events/3rd-esfri-ris-eosc-workshop?qt-event=2#qt-event

The 2ºInstruct-ERIC international call, present new items

The 2ª International Call from Instruct-ERIC has been awarded, providing access for researchers in institutions that hold a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Instruct to access European facilities to help advance their ongoing research. 

Instruct’s work within the EU-LAC ResInfra project in collaboration with iNEXT-Discovery has organized eight visits from Latin American institutions to Instruct European facilities.  

  • Lucia Chemes – University of San Marti
  • Bernabé Battista – Instituto de Biologia Molecular y Celular de Rosario 
  • Jimena Rinaldi – Fundacion Instituto Leloir 
  • Felipe Otsuka – University Sao Paulo 
  • Richard Garratt – University Sao Paulo 
  • Mariana Piuri – University Buenos Aires 
  • Daiana Andrea Capdevila – Fundacion Instituto Leloir 
  • Horacio Heras – National University of La Plata 

The 2nd International Call further emphasizes how the partnership between Instruct-ERIC and EU-LAC ResInfra provides benefits for researchers in both Latin America and Europe. These visits add to the EU-LAC ResInfra mobility program in structural biology already started with the three staff exchanges awarded last year, which are now underway. 

The visits will take place throughout 2022. As a result, all users will receive the necessary training and expertise in using the equipment while also sharing their own experience with the host institution.

EU-LAC ResInfra coordinator participated in the ESFRI ROADMAP 2021 LAUNCH EVENT

European Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) is a vital pillar of the European Research Area (ERA) as it is a strategic instrument to develop the scientific integration of Europe and to strengthen its international outreach. On December 07th, ESFRI presented the roadmap 2021 Update on Large Scale Research Infrastructures in an online event. This Roadmap identifies the European investment priorities and provides the directions for their further development, and looks into the future challenges of the Research Infrastructure policy. Furthermore, this document identifies the main features of the RIs landscape in Europe to implement an integrated and interconnected Research infrastructure eco-system as an important element of the ERA Policy Agenda. This document can be consulted here.

The coordinator of EU – LAC ResInfra, Inmaculada Figueroa, moderated the panel on “Research infrastructure is a driver in the International cooperation”. Inmaculada remarked on the importance of this topic, which is an essential tool to face the current challenges such as climate change, large-scale natural events, and the last pandemic experienced recently.

This panel counted on the participation of three experts in different areas related to research infrastructures and international cooperation. The first speaker was Philip Diamond, SKAO Observatory Director. He started presenting the SKAO project, a global network which supports the construction of high-level radio astronomical observatories. Nicolas Dromel from MESFRI, talked about research infrastructures, raised the global challenge associated with the complexity these have. Werner Kutch, General Director of ICOS (Integrated Carbon Observation System), presented this project and how it is in charge of in-situ greenhouse gas and carbon cycle measurements.

The conclusions from the panel remarked the vital importance of international support for the generation of research infrastructures where ESFRI has been able to set an agenda. Furthermore, it was stressed the relevance of ESFRI Roadmap 2021 as a demonstration of the high merit of and potential for European collaboration in developing visions and sustainable perspectives for an interoperable Research Infrastructure ecosystem as a key asset of Europe.

In other sessions topics such as RIs in the ERA Policy Agenda were discussed and New ESFRI projects were presented.

The event recording can be accessed here:  https://www.youtube.com/c/ESFRI-EU

EU-LAC RESINFRA joined in the most renowned world events of Forensic Sciences “InterForensics 2021”, represented by E-RIHS

Between November 2nd to 5th, 2021, in Foz do Iguaçu – Brazil, the second edition of “InterForensics Conferences,” took place, organized by the Brazilian Academy of Forensic Sciences (ABCF) with the support of the National Association of Federal Criminal Experts (APCF). These are relevant research and academic entities responsible for developing new technologies and tools in this area.

In the event, EU-LAC Resinfra was represented by one of its four pilots, the E-RIHS (European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science) through the intervention of its scientific coordinator Luca Pezzatti. E-RIHS is an organization that enables the research community to use specific facilities, resources, and services that are geographically scattered, given access to facilities, resources, and services in the field of Heritage Science across Europe. Thus, catalyzing new cross-disciplinary research by mobilizing expertise and researchers in the humanities and natural sciences, integrating world-class facilities across Europe to connect the global community of heritage science and, building state-of-the-art tools and services for research communities and to the heritage industry.

The conference was divided into thematic areas and Luca Pezzatti participated in the “Patrimonio Historica e Cultura.” discussion. He presented his work entitled “Towards a global infrastructure for research in cultural heritage.” showing his vast knowledge in optics applied to Cultural Heritage’s safeguards; biomedical optics; optical metrology; 3D-measuring optical techniques; optical systems design; interferometry; phase-analysis techniques; and scientific software design. These are topics developed  in his work.

The ResInfra’s Newsletter of November is out!

During the past few months, EU-LAC ResInfra has achieved its planned outcomes and objectives for this period. Moreover, EU-LAC ResInfra has participated in many international scientific events and conferences, reaching a higher dissemination of the project’s results.

All the details are described in our last Newsletter that can be read here.