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Watch now ► ACCELERATE webinar on Innovation Effectiveness


In the framework of ACCELERATE, a series of webinars will be taking place in the first Wednesday of each month in order to discuss one of the key aspects related to Industrial Liaison and technology Transfer. The first edition focused on Innovation Effectiveness. Read more hereKey performance indicators of Research Infrastructures / 2: Executive Summary
November 2018

Following the recent Competitiveness Council Conclusions, which mandate ESFRI to develop a common approach for monitoring the performance of research infrastructures (RIs), a questionnaire was sent by ERF-AISBL (Association of European-level Research Infrastructure Facilities) to the community of European RIs in order to gain a better insight into how they address (or would address as the case may be) the issue of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). Read more hereCERIC at the Research Infrastructures and Contract Research Workshop
30 October 2018, Sarajevo – Bosnia and Herzegovina

CERIC took part in the Research Infrastructures and Contract Research Workshop, which was jointly organized by the RCC (Regional Cooperation Council) and the JRC (Joint Research Centre).The event focused on state-of-play assessment of the road mapping process of Research Infrastructures in the Western Balkans as well as on the exchange of best practices in contract research. Read more here.CERIC supports researchers’ scientific development through ACCELERATE
October 2018

CERIC aims to reach scientific communities in the eastern border of the EU, where researchers face major challenges in bringing their innovative skills into life because of the constrains and limitations in their home countries. For that, CERIC strives to attract these communities to the opportunities and support it offers to researchers. Read more hereAlliance of Research Infrastructures’ IL and TT practices for stronger collaborations with industry
26-28 September 2018, Vienna – Austria

The Workshop on Technology Transfer (TT) and Industrial Liaison (IL) in Research Infrastructures (RIs) organized by CERIC through the ACCELERATE project gathered experts based in 12 different European countries specialized in the different key aspects of the TT and IL value chain. Read more hereRegister now ► ACCELERATE at the Academia-Industry Matching Event
29-30 October 2018,  Budapest – Hungary 

CERIC will be presented at the ”Academia-Industry Matching Event – Machine Learning and Visual Analytics in the Clouds Workshop” which is taking place in Budapest, Hungary on 29-30 October 2018. Read more hereEARIV brochure is OUT Discover the industrial R&D services and capabilities of European large-scale analytical research infrastructures.

The ACCELERATE project has recently joined EARIV, the European Analytical Research Infrastructures Village, a network of five Horizon2020 projects and three regional projects. The EARIV members work together to offer advanced materials characterization services to the industry. Read more hereSubmit your responses to the questionnaire on KPIs in RIs by September 26th.

ERF, with the support of CERIC through the H2020 project ACCELERATE, would like to collect opinions on the topic from its Members, and from other research infrastructures and ERICs, in order to contribute to the implementation of the Council Conclusion. Read more hereSave The Date ACCELERATE Satellite Conference at the CNM 2018 – Ukraine
22-28 October 2018, Uzhhorod – Ukraine 

CERIC will take part in the CNM (Clusters and Nanostructure Materials) conference, taking place in Ukraine on 22-28 October 2018 through a satellite conference organised in the framework of ACCELERATE. Read more hereKey Performance Indicators of Research Infrastructures / 1: Explanatory Note

By Jana Kolar (CERIC-ERIC), Andrew Harrison (Diamond Light Source Ltd), Florian Gliksohn (ELI-DC)

There is little doubt that publicly funded instruments or institutions should have a performance monitoring system in place. Key performance indicators (KPIs), which describe how well an institution or a programme is achieving its objectives, play a key role in this process. Read more hereThe CERIC Satellite Event at the NESY Winterschool is back for a 2nd edition

The CERIC Satellite Event at the NESY Winterschool & Symposium on Neutron and Synchrotron Radiation is coming up for a second edition following the success of its first edition in 2017.

The event will take place in Altaussee, Austria on 4-8 March 2019. Read more here.Workshop on Industrial Liaison & Technology Transfer in Research Infrastructures: Best Practices and Success Factors
26-28 September 2018, Vienna – Austria

Industrial liaison and technology transfer are crucial to explore possible collaborations of research infrastructures with industrial partners. They also allow to increase the impact of research infrastructures as an innovation driving force for the society at large. However, there are several challenges to be faced for such a liaison to be successful. Read more here.ACCELERATE at the Science in the City Festival  – ESOF 2018
9-15 July, Toulouse – France

CERIC, with the other members of the European Research Facility Association ERF-AISBL, will be in Toulouse from 9 to 15 July 2018 for the Science in the City Festival at ESOF 2018, with an interactive exhibition that will bring you through the tools and laboratories used by scientists to answer to the most challenging questions on health, energy, environment, cultural heritage, materials engineering and astronomy. Read more here.ACCELERATE at the Eu-SPRI Conference: How to identify and evaluate Research Infrastructures’ impact?
6-8 June 2018, Paris – France

Eu-SPRI, the European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research and Innovation, is held annually and gathers experts and fellows in the field. This year, the conference focused on five main themes spanning governance, innovation policy, understanding of globalization, challenges for renewed research orientations, and the relation between societal change and innovation. Read more here.

ACCELERATE workshop on ERIC’s implementation and VAT issues
7 June 2018, Brussels – Belgium

CERIC, together with ACCELERATE partners ELI-DC and the European Spallation Source, has organized the workshop on ERIC’s implementation and VAT issues, taking place on June 7th at the DG-RTD, Directorate General for Research and Innovation in Brussels, Belgium. Read more here.

ACCELERATE strengthens the basis for a stronger Research – Industry collaboration

Through the H2020 ACCELERATE project, partners work on strengthening the bond between Research Infrastructures and industrial communities to provide the latter with the necessary support and tools for their applied research. Read more here.

BrightnESS Closing Conference
22 June 2018, Brussels – Belgium 

ACCELERATE’s project partner ESS is organising BrightnESS Closing Conference, which will take place on June 22nd at the Royal Flemish Academy of Sciences and Arts in Brussels. Read more here.

2nd ERIC Forum Meeting
19-20 April 2018, Oxford – UK

CERIC will attend the 2nd ERIC Forum meeting at Instruct-ERIC in Oxford UK on April 19-20th.
Managers and staff of existing and prospective ERICs will have the chance to exchange best practices, and to discuss common problems and the related possible solutions with the delegates of the European Commission who will attend the event. Read more here.

CERIC training for industrial PhD students through case studies from ACCELERATE
13 April 2018, Barcelona – Spain

How to select the most suitable companies for projects’ partnerships? How to formulate the elevator pitch of a research project for target industrial partners? What are the key aspects for a strong Research Infrastructures – Industry collaboration?  Read more here.

ACCELERATE @SYNERGI2018 showcases R&D solutions to industry in the automotive, pharma and energy sectors
8 March 2018, NEMO Science Museum Amsterdam – The Netherlands

On 8th March, at the R2B event SYNERGI 2018 held in Amsterdam, 20 renowned players in different industrial fields, such as Toyota for automotive and Vallourec for energy, attended the ACCELERATE session on the CERIC’s services for the industry, to learn more about the different uses of some of the techniques available and the type of problems they can solve. Read more here

ACCELERATE partners met at the annual Project’s meeting to discuss upcoming actions in 2018
7 March 2018, The Hague – The Netherlands


ACCELERATE partners met on 7 March 2018 at the premises of the Rathenau Institute in The Hague, to present the state of the project and upcoming steps. All work packages and related deliverables were presented, and partners discussed the possible improvements to increase the impact of the actions planned.

Collaborations in the field of nanotech boosted at the ACCELERATE R2B event in Prague 
14-15 February 2018, Prague – Czech Republic

About 60 participants from 11 European countries explored synergies fostering knowledge transfer and network for the development of innovative technologies and applications in the field of nanotechnology at the conference “Nanotechnology: from Materials to Science”. Read more here

Learn more about the industrial applications of nanotechnology at the ‘Nanotechnology: From Materials to Science’ conference
15-16 February 2018, Prague – Czech Republic

ESP invites you, together with CERIC, ESS, and HZG, to take part in the Nanotechnology from Materials to Science conference, which will take place at the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, on 15-16 February 2018. Read more here

ACCELERATE’s results on RIs’ socio-economic impact assessment presented for possible use in the Social Sciences and Humanities’ field 
24-25 January 2018, Bologna – Italy

On 24-25 January, at the international conference “Stay tuned for the Future”in Bologna, Leonie van Drooge presented the approach the Rathenau Institute develops for ACCELERATE to the RIs’ community in the fields of Social Sciences and Humanities. Read more here

CERIC meets the scientific community in Serbia through ACCELERATE
15 January 2018, University of Belgrade – Serbia

As part of the outreach actions organized in the framework of the ACCELERATE project, CERIC delivered a presentation on Monday, January 15th in the University of Belgrade to researchers and science enthusiasts under the theme: CERIC-ERIC, Central European Excellence for Research in Material and Life Sciences. Read more hereWorkshop on Human Resources in ERICs
17 November 2017, Graz – Austria

On November 17th, CERIC and ELI organised a workshop on Human Resources management in ERICs. The event was a great occasion for ERICs’ managers and administrative personnel to discuss common challenges related to HR practices and processes. Read more here 

Research Infrastructures in ACCELERATE on the way to develop an improved methodology on socio-economic impact assessment
15 November 2017, Munich – Germany 

On November 15th, representatives from CERIC, ELI, the European Spallation Source, the Helmoltz-Centre Geesthacht and FRM II met in Garching to continue the development of a methodology for the monitoring and assessment of socio-economic returns of Research Infrastructures (RIs). Read more here

CERIC links researchers to entrepreneurs to encourage collaborations
20 October 2017, CERIC Headquarters, Trieste – Italy

On October 20th, CERIC organized a Research to Business (R2B) meeting to connect industrial companies and researchers from the Italian Partner Facility at Elettra, and from the Slovenian one at the SloNMR, with the aim of strengthening the relation between the parties and therefore encouraging and building future collaborations. Read more here

CERIC Special Session at the 19th Conference of Czech and Slovak Physicists
4-7 September 2017, Prešov – Slovakia


In the framework of the H2020 ACCELERATE project, CERIC took part in the 19th Conference of Czech and Slovak Physicists with a Special Session focused on the opportunities for open access offered by the Consortium. The conference was held at the Faculty of Humanities and Natural Sciences in Prešov, Slovakia, on 4-7 September 2017. Read more here

Research meets Business via ACCELERATE: Fostering collaboration between CERIC and the industry
20 October 2017, CERIC Headquarters, Trieste – Italy

CERIC-ERIC is bringing together researchers from its partner facilities and industry representatives for a one day Research to Business (R2B) meeting at the CERIC headquarters in Trieste on October 20th, with the objective of encouraging and strengthening the collaboration between the parties. Read more here 

Training and networking activities at the CERIC-CEI CONTACT workshop brought together researchers from 14 countries in Central and Eastern Europe
26-27 June 2017, CERIC Headquarters, Trieste – Italy


27 participants from 14 countries in Central and Eastern Europe attended the CONTACT workshop, CERIC-CEI training on advanced materials characterisation in Large Scale Research Infrastructures. The event was organized within the scope of the CEI Cooperation Activities – part of the CEI Plan of Action 2016 priorities, and was co-funded by the H2020 ACCELERATE project. Read more here

SAVE THE DATE: CONTACT workshop will be live-streamed on June 26th at 2p.m.
26-27 June 2017, CERIC Headquarters, Trieste – Italy

We are counting the days to welcome the participants for a fruitful and knowledge sharing experience at the CERIC-ERIC’s headquarters in Trieste. The good news is that we are offering the opportunity for everyone to benefit from it: that is not only the 160 applicants who couldn’t be physically present with us, but also the general public. Read more here

ACCELERATE WP1 leaders at the Eu-SPRI Conference
7-9 June 2017, Vienna – Austria

Mrs. Leonie Van Drooge (Senior Researcher at the Rathenau institute) presented the work she and colleague Dr. Jasper Deuten (Coordinator at the Rathenau institute) do for ACCELERATE at the annual Eu-SPRI conference, which hosted an audience of fellows in the field of research and impact evaluation. Read more here

CONTACT workshop: CERIC-CEI Training in advanced material characterisation in Large Scale Research Infrastructures
26-27 June 2017, CERIC Headquarters, Trieste – Italy

CERIC-ERIC and the Central European Initiative – CEI are glad to invite you to the CONTACT workshop, taking place at the CERIC headquarters in Trieste, on 26-27 June, 2017. The CONTACT workshop is open to researchers at any career stage, working in fields requiring advanced materials characterization. Read more here

Satellite Event at the NESY Winterschool 2017
6 March 2017, Altaussee – Austria

Students and early stage researchers interested in analytical techniques attended the CERIC satellite workshop that took place on the 6th of March along the well-known NESY Winterschool in Altaussee, Austria. The event, organized by CERIC within the framework of the ACCELERATE project – presented complementary methods for the analysis and characterization of advanced materials. Read more her
Workshop on Human Resources in ERICs
21 February 2017, Rome – Italy

On February 21, the CERIC-MIUR workshop on Human Resources in ERICs, co-funded by the MIUR and the EC H2020 project ACCELERATE, was held in Rome. The event focused on some of the topics of greatest interest to RIs managers: human resources, their management and the most difficult aspects of their regulations in an intergovernmental framework such as that of the ERICs. Read more here

ACCELERATE kick-off meeting
26 January 2017, Trieste – Italy

On January 26th, 12 representatives of project partners from six countries, gathered at the CERIC-ERIC headquarters in Trieste to launch the H2020 funded project ACCELERATE. The project’s main objective is to help ensuring the long term sustainability of Research Infrastructures in general and ERICs in particular. Under the coordination of CERIC-ERIC, the project. Read more here