13 / Apr / 2017

Supervisory Board meeting

ELI Delivery Consortium, Belgium - Brussels

During the last fifteen months the ELI-DC and the ELI-Pillars have been intensively involved in activities leading to decisions necessary to prepare the ground for ELI to become an ERIC. Over the same period, the members of the ELI-Delivery Consortium have been deeply involved in negotiations at national and European levels in view of the accomplishment of the objectives set in that regard. ELITRANS supported all these activities.

At the occasion of the preparation of the mandatory mid-term report to the EC, the Supervisory Board met again on April 13th 2017, with the objective of proceeding with the final review and the approval of the Technical Mid-Term Report of ELITRANS.

The discussions about the start of the ELI-ERIC and of its ways to interact with the scientific and industrial stakeholders will continue, and will help ELI and the European laser community to achieve novel results to the benefit of the whole European Research Area, offering new perspectives in laser science and technology for the world.


24 / Nov / 2016

WP9 Workshop: Knowledge and Technology Transfer in ELI-ERIC

Magurele, Romania

The Knowledge and Technology Transfer (KTT) is part of the ELI-ERIC business model, and the WP9 in ELITRANS aims to reach a common understanding of the goals of KTT, which is very important for the future ELI distributed infrastructure. The WP9 workshop was organized at ELI-NP in Magurele, Romania, on November 24-25, 2016. The aims of the workshop were to find a common position and understanding of deliverables in the WP9, draft a structure of each deliverable, identify the scope of work to be done and identify specific tasks of KTT activities in international distributed research infrastructures. The participants came from the three ELI pillars and ELI DC, from STFC, and from Elettra Trieste.

There was a presentation about the current status of development of the Intellectual Property (IP) policy for ELI-ERIC. This was discussed with the participants. It has been proposed that the policy would also cover scientific articles and other forms of IP. It would be very much needed to have one single set of rules regarding IP, especially if we think about joint inventions, and this is possible under the ERIC regulations.

Expansion of business involvement
A company most likely needs research it understands and which relates to its core business (exceptions are also possible, think of large companies that afford to pursue exploratory research in other fields than core business, or companies that may involve in collaborative research if this is free of charge for them). Some participants of the workshop advocated the active search for companies and for triggering their interest: finding out what companies need and propose solutions for their problems. This means involving researchers, finding out what application areas the facility can cover, and providing incentives for the research staff: they know best their science and many times they have good external connections which enables them to find the best suited partner candidates from the industry. Researchers who know how to deal with these problems are not abundantly available, therefore more researchers should be trained in these skills.

Companies actually need more information and – more important – guidance in understanding the new experimental capabilities and how could these capabilities help their business.

It has been noticed that actually a large KTT process is just taking place right now, as the big equipment at the ELI facilities is built and installed. We should be able to account for that and make most use of it.

In order to approach companies, showcases for industry should be developed.

A visit of the ELI-NP facility's new buildings has been organized.

The session on Friday was attended by members of the ELI pillars, and it has been intended to be an aftermath of the discussions on Thursday and an occasion to decide over the next activities to be undertaken by the working group.

ELITRANS has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No


23 / May / 2016

ELItrans Workshop Magurele

Magurele, Romania

The ELItrans workshops took place in Bucharest-Magurele, at the National Physics Library, in the period 23-24 May 2016. They were composed of 3 sessions, with discussions and presentations dedicated to: Gamma beams diagnostics, Hard X-Ray, XUV and Particle, and included a visit to the ELI-NP site. Six international experts have joined the ELITrans team during these workshops to present their ideas and recommendations. The workshop audience - about 35 people, including participants from all three ELI pillars - involved in activities related to the various diagnostic techniques presented during the workshop.

The Diagnostics Work Package 6 of the ELITrans project addresses the need for standard methods and protocols for the characterization of primary (laser) and secondary sources, throughout the entire ELI project.

The workshops MS.17 - “Workshop on secondary source protocols” and MS.18 - “Workshop on gamma source protocols” have been focused on gathering together the ELI community, as well as external experts in the field, to discuss and analyze the challenges of this work and more precisely the Task 2 - “First steps towards international standardization of these methods and protocols, together with the scientific communities and the industry”. These workshops followed the “Workshop on user-facility interfaces” and the “Workshop on laser diagnostics protocols” organized in 2015 in Bucharest and Prague, respectively.
The program of the Workshop could be seen here: