HERCULES Specialized Course 2021: The multi-technique approach of CERIC-ERIC as a tool for Nanoscience

  1. Description

The HERCULES Specialized Course (HSC) is an extensive training that is being organized since 2006, taking place after the main HERCULES School, and combining both theoretical and practical sessions.

This year’s edition will be organized from 31st May to 9th June 2021 by CERIC-ERIC, in the framework of the H2020 projects ACCELERATE and CALIPSOplus. It will bring together junior researchers to expand their scientific knowledge about large-scale Research Infrastructures.

The 8 days long on-line training will introduce participants to the different techniques offered by CERIC Partner Facilities along with their applications. Among the covered topics, there will be electron paramagnetic resonance, electron microscopy, ion- and neutron-based techniques, nuclear magnetic resonance, and photon-based techniques in both the x-ray and the infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum. The program incorporates introductory sessions to each facility, practical sessions on various beamlines and instruments, a poster session and networking activities.

The event aims to create a unique opportunity for participants to feed their research careers with valuable theoretical and practical knowledge from experienced researchers. It is also the right environment for enlarging their professional network and exploring potential scientific collaborations and opportunities.

The school is primarily intended for young researchers (PhD students and postdocs) of physics, chemistry and biology, but more experienced researchers interested in the topic can also apply. The lectures will be given by leading experts in the field from CERIC partner facilities.

The event’s program is available here.

  1. Scope

The HERCULES Specialized Course is organized with the aim of promoting international scientific cooperation and initiatives to support science diplomacy. Through the event we aim to raise awareness about the possibility of using different advanced techniques of analysis in research focused on different fields. By bringing together researchers from different countries, the event will be an opportunity for constructive dialogue across national and cultural borders and differences, speaking the language of science as a universal tool.

In that regard, the event will support in: 1) creating bridges in scientific research and collaborations, and 2) reducing the barriers that prevent researchers from target countries to create a strong user community, which accesses and uses the facilities of European large-scale Research Infrastructures.

  1. Eligibility Criteria

The school is open to researchers around the world. However, the following countries are targeted and eligible for the funding grant: Albania, Belarus, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Serbia, Slovakia, Ukraine, Moldova.

  1. Selection Criteria

A scientific committee will select the participants that are most qualified to take part in the HSC, based on the career stage, field of specialization and motivation letter.

The number of participants is limited to 30, considering the structure of the sessions and practical tutorials.

  1. Funding Details

The participation fee is 100e (please note that the fees are strictly used for the development of the various sessions of the event, and not for commercial purposes).

A limited number of grants, offered by the Central European initiative (CEI), will be available, fully covering the participation fee. The grants will be offered to two participants from the following target countries (based on the nationality), selected by the scientific committee: Albania, Belarus, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Serbia, Slovakia, Ukraine, Moldova.

Note: The participants granted the bursary will have to pay the registration fee that will be later reimbursed after the end of the school, subject to their participation to at least 80% of the activities.

  1. Registration

Registration has closed on May 3rd.

  • Registration deadline: May 3rd, 2021
  • Notification of acceptance: May 10th, 2021
  • Final registration deadline: May 17th, 2021
  • Notification to all registrants: May 24th, 2021
  1. About CERIC-ERIC

CERIC offers access through a single-entry point to more than 50 different and complementary state of the art techniques and support laboratories, distributed in 10 countries, with the submission of single or multi-technique proposals. A detailed description of the facilities available in CERIC can be found here.

The CERIC-ERIC HERCULES Specialized Course is co-funded by the Central European Initiative and the Horizon2020 projects ACCELERATE and CALIPSOplus. The respective grant agreement numbers of the two projects are as follow: ACCELERATE – 731112, CALIPSOplus – 730872.