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  1. SCIENCE LINK - Science Link and Beyond, end conference
  2. 27.02.2014 09:30
  3. 27.02.2014 17:00
  4. DESY, Hamburg
  5. The end or the beginning?

    More than 100 people have signed up to participate in and network with representatives from industry, research facilities, institutes, politics and listen to speaches by prominent people.

    Officially this is the final conference for the project, but we would rather see it as the beginning, a next step and a contribution to a regional cooperation and exchange that in the long run, will help strengthen the regions’ competitiveness globally.

    Some of the items that will be presented and discussed

    •   The Benefit - companies that have performed experiments share their experiences
    •   The Findings - lessons learned from the project
    •   The Created infrastructure
    •   Future performance and platforms

    More about the content and speakers, to the Science Link web site.

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Project acronym: SCIENCE LINK

Project title: SCIENCE LINK – Network between world-leading Cluster of large-scale Research Infrastructure of Photon and Neutron Sources and Users fostering Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Baltic Sea Region

Application call: 4

Priority: 1. Fostering innovations

Project website:

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Lead Partner:

DESY Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron
Notkestr. 85
D-22607 Hamburg
DE
Uwe Sassenberg
E-mail: uwe.sassenberg@desy.de
Phone: +49408998-4891
Fax: +49408998-3702

Project Manager:

DESY Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron
Notkestr. 85
D-22607 Hamburg
DE
Katariina Röbbelen-Voigt
E-mail: katariina.roebbelen-voigt@desy.de
Phone: +49408998-5025
Fax: +49408998-3702


Information Manager:

Invest in Skåne
Dockplatsen 26
20525 Malmö
SE
Maria Fernanda Bócangel
E-mail: mariaf.bocangel@skane.com
Phone: +4640675-3450
Fax:



Summary description of the project:

Strong cooperation in the scientific area is needed in the Baltic Sea region in order to ensure the competitiveness of the region. There is a new cluster of large-scale research infrastructure (Lund, Hamburg, Berlin and Geesthacht as EU countries and Gachina in Russia) and some more are planned or already under construction (the European XFEL in Hamburg, ESS and Max IV in Lund, Solaris in Krakow). In the Science Link project, structures for cooperation were established in order to allow companies from all Baltic Sea States access to the research infrastructures. As well supporting structures had to be built up as SME do not have their own research departments or measurement experts. Almost no sufficient and tailored information existed about possibilities available at the RIs and how they could be used by commercial users. Therefore, Science Link published case studies from the measurements carried out by the participating companies during the project.

Partners in the Science Link project were the 4 already existing large-scale infrastructures in the EU states in the BS region, scientific partners and regional development agencies. This partner constellation was necessary for the success of the project; the regional development agencies advertised the project and contacted the companies.The universities consulted, accompanied and supported the companies before, during and after the measurements. For this reason Industrial Liason Officers were employed at the RIs (who know best the offer of the different RIs and supported and assisted the companies) and at the other scientific partner institutions in order to help and inform companies in their national languages. The RI in Russia were an associated partner as well as the future RIs XFEL, ESS and Solaris. In order to develop a structure for this kind of cooperation, the regional development agencies established contact points for informing companies but also for analysing regional

needs for cooperation between companies, mainly SMEs, and RIs. Additionally there was a political goal to establish structures for this kind of cooperation and also to establish funding structures. Good examples about how structural funds can be used for scientific transnational cooperation exist e.g. from Estonia. In two studies, carried out within the project, the results and recommendations confirmed the experience in the project: SMEs should be supported, in this kind of cooperation, e.g. by the regions, as it brings direct benefit (better products, better competitiveness) to the regions. To ensure that the cooperation continues after the project and that also the political goals are further followed, 14 partners out of 17 signed a letter of intent and a permanent Science Link network was established. The partners also formulated recommendations regarding the continuation of the SL offer. Additionally four institutions have already applied for membership in the network.


Achievements of the project so far:

After Science Link was established a first call for companies was published. The companies were offered free measurement time in the large-scale research infrastructures. Even if the planning was very fast and real information campaigns could not be carried out, there were 9 applications by companies of which 7 were approved. That was a good beginning and the ILOs (industrial liason officers) at the RI and also the other partner countries started their work immediately in supporting the companies and starting with preparations for the measurements. The ILOs were employed at an early stage and trained in all participating RIs in order to be able to support the companies and to act between the companies and the measurement experts at the RIs.

In the frame of the 2nd call, published in the autumn 2012, already 21 companies applied for beamtime and 18 applications were accepted. Science Link’s third call ran from 11.02.13 – 22.04.13 and attracted applications from 36 companies.

This is more than the number of applications from the first and second calls combined, and is considered a great success. Of these 36 received applications, 24 were accepted while eight were allocated to consultation with a local academic partner. Measurements for 17 of the projects were finally performed. In total 49 companies were accepted for measurements. 40 companies have carried out their measurements in one of the participating RIs. The nine "missed" companies did not carry out the measurements for different reasons (E.g. problem could be solved at university level, sample preparation did not succeed or contract with RI was not signed). The applications came from a broad variety of branches and 70% of the companies are SMEs.

The project team has succesfully presented and promoted the project at different conferences and fairs nationally and internationally as well as in individual consultations with stakeholders.

The regional advisory groups were established and meetings took place in 2013 and 2014. The final conference was held on 27 February 2014 in Hamburg, Germany and about 130 participants attended. A letter of intent for the future of SL network was signed by 14 out of 17 partners. The Science Link network was established and had its constitutional meeting in September 2014.

Through SL, there is much more visibility about the RIs offers in an understandable way for the companies in the diffrerent BS countries. The carrying out of the measurements in the frame of the calls is a benefit as well for the companies as for the regions but also for the RIs. Commercial users are needed in addition to scientific users as the operation costs of the RIs are very high. Today all of them are operated in transnational cooperation and commercial users from all BS states should have access. The establishment of the SL network ensures that the established structures can be kept alive.



Project Duration: Sep 2011 - Jun 2014
Approximate total project budget in EUR: 3.618.930,00
ERDF co-financing: 2.789.950,00
ENPI co-financing: 0,00
Norwegian national contribution: 0,00

List of partners

DESY
D-22607 Hamburg | GERMANY
Notkestr. 85
Region: Hamburg
Contact person: Uwe Sassenberg
Phone: +49408998-4891
E-mail: uwe.sassenberg@desy.de
Web: www.desy.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:922.225,00
ERDF co-financing:691.668,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH
D-14109 Berlin | GERMANY
Hahn-Meitner-Platz1
Region: Berlin
Contact person: Thomas Gutberlet
Phone: +493080624277
E-mail: thomas.gutberlet@hzb.de
Web: www.hzb.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:337.125,00
ERDF co-financing:252.843,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Zentrum für Material ind Küstenforschung
D-21502 Geesthacht | GERMANY
Max-Planck-Straße 1
Region: Schleswig-Holstein
Contact person: Hans-Jörg Isemer
Phone: +494152871661
E-mail: isemer@hzg.de
Web: www.hzg.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:337.958,00
ERDF co-financing:253.468,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Kainuun Etu Oy
FIN-87100 Kajaani | FINLAND
Lönnrotinkatu 1
Region: Itä-Suomi
Contact person: Ninetta Chaniotou
Phone: +358(08)617810
E-mail: ninetta.chaniotou@kainuunetu.fi
Web: www.kainuunetu.fi
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:170.000,00
ERDF co-financing:127.500,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
University of Turku
FI-20014 Turku | FINLAND

Region: Etelä-Suomi
Contact person: Ari Koski
Phone: +358(0)3293620
E-mail: ari.koski@utu.fi
Web: www.utu.fi
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:170.000,00
ERDF co-financing:127.500,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Tartu Science Park Foundation
51014 Tartu | ESTONIA
Riia 181a
Region: Eesti
Contact person: Mr. Neeme Kärbo
Phone: +3727460519
E-mail: neeme.karbo@teaduspark.ee
Web: www.teaduspark.ee/en
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:106.500,00
ERDF co-financing:90.525,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
University of Tartu
50090 Tartu | ESTONIA
Üöikooli 18
Region: Eesti
Contact person: Marco Kirm
Phone: +3727374601
E-mail: marco.kirm@ut.ee
Web: www.ut.ee
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:64.000,00
ERDF co-financing:54.400,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Institut of Solid Sate Physics University of Latvia
LV-1063 Riga | LATVIA
8 Kengaraga str.
Region: Latvija
Contact person: Andis Sternberg
Phone: +37167187810
E-mail: stern@letnet.lv
Web: www.cfi.lv
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:20.000,00
ERDF co-financing:17.000,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
State Regional Development Agency
LV-1010 Riga | LATVIA
Elizabetes iela 19
Region: Latvija
Contact person: Liga Baltina
Phone: +37167079030
E-mail: liga.baltina@vraa.gov.lv
Web: www.vraa.gov.lv
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:140.000,00
ERDF co-financing:119.000,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Riga City Council, City Development Department
LV – 1050 Riga | LATVIA
Amatu iela 4,
Region: Latvija
Contact person: Normunds Strautmanis
Phone: +371 67012877
E-mail: Normunds.Strautmanis@riga.lv
Web: www.rdpad.lv
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:50.000,00
ERDF co-financing:42.500,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Agency for Sience, Innovation of Technology
LT-01108 Vilnius | LITHUANIA
A. Goštauto 12 – 219
Region: Lietuva
Contact person: Nattalija Koseleva
Phone: +37052127433
E-mail: natalija.koseleva@tpa.lt
Web: www.tpa.lt
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:154.500,00
ERDF co-financing:131.325,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Semiconductor Physics Institute of Center for Physical Science and Technology
LT-01108 Vilnius | LITHUANIA
A. Goštauto 11
Region: Lietuva
Contact person: Sigitas Mickevicius
Phone: +37052626718
E-mail: sigism@pfi.lt
Web: www.pfi.lt
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:52.000,00
ERDF co-financing:44.200,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Science
PL-02-668 Warsaw | POLAND
Al. Lotników 32/46
Region: Mazowieckie
Contact person: Krystina Jablonska
Phone: +482284366013384
E-mail: jablo@ifpan.edu.pl
Web: www.ifpan.edu.pl
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:16.000,00
ERDF co-financing:13.600,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Foundation of Innovative Initiatives
30-046 Krakow | POLAND
Konarskiego 44/7
Region: Malopolskie
Contact person: Piotr Piwowarczyk
Phone: +48603060957
E-mail: piotr.piwowarczyk@fii.org.pl
Web: www.fii.org.pl
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:154.500,00
ERDF co-financing:131.325,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Invest in Skane
SE-20525 Malmö | SWEDEN
Dockplatsen 26
Region: Sydsverige
Contact person: Stefan Johansson
Phone: +46 (40) 675 34 76
E-mail: stefan.johansson@skane.com
Web: www.invest.skane.com
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:387.000,00
ERDF co-financing:290.250,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
University Lund, Max-lab
SE-22100 Lund | SWEDEN
p.O. Box 117
Region: Sydsverige
Contact person: Anette Orheim
Phone: +46462227008
E-mail: anette.orheim@fie.lu.se
Web: www.lu.se
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:337.125,00
ERDF co-financing:252.843,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Technical University of Denmark
DK-4000 Roskilde | DENMARK
Frederiksborgvej 399; P.O. Box 49
Region: Sjælland
Contact person: Martin Meedom Nielsen
Phone: +45 46774615
E-mail: mmee@risoe.dtu.dk
Web: www.risoe.dtu.dk
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:200.000,00
ERDF co-financing:150.000,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00