The project leading to this application has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon
2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 667387

Participation in networking events

Networking visit to Extreme Light Infrastructure - Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP), “Horia Hulubei” National Institute for Research and Development in Physics and Nuclear Engineering, Bucharest Romania (IFIN HH), Bucharest Romania, December 12, 2017

Description: Description: Resarch Infrastructure is going to be the most advanced research facility in the world focusing on the study of photonuclear physics and its applications, comprising a very high intensity laser of two 10PW ultra-short pulse lasers and the most brilliant tunable gamma-ray beam. This unique experimental combination will enable ELI-NP to tackle a wide range of research topics in fundamental physics, nuclear physics and astrophysics, and also applied research in materials science, management of nuclear materials and life sciences. ELI-NP has been selected by the most important science committees in Nuclear Physics in Europe - NuPECC - in the Nuclear Physics Long Range Plan in Europe as a major facility.
This infrastructure will create a new European laboratory with a broad range of science covering frontier fundamental physics, new nuclear physics and astrophysics as well as applications in nuclear materials, radioactive waste management, material science and life sciences. The SupraChem Lab team will collaborate with the ELI NP project in the field of Materials in Extreme Radiation Environments. In this experimental area, the study of materials behaviour in extreme radiation environments will be the main topic, with the goal of developing industrial and societal applications. The foreseen studies are relevant for the understanding of: (a) The structural materials degradation in next generation of particle accelerators and of fusion or fission energy reactors; (b) The interaction of biological systems with tunable multi-component radiation with wide energy spectrum, with relevance for improving biologic radioprotection in space missions, and for cancer radiotherapy.
On 12.12.2017 Dr. Adina Coroaba and Dr. Dragos Peptanariu made a working visit to IFIN HH in order to set up a detailed work plan of collaboration between SupraChem Lab Project and ELI- NP. They discussed with Dr. Paul Vasos, Dr. Mariana Bobeica, Dr. Vasile Nastasa and Dr. Theodor Asavei. Dr. Adina Coroaba and Dr. Dragos Peptanariu gave them 3 samples synthesized by the members from SupraChem Lab project: gold nanoparticles stabilized with sodium citrate, fullerene and cyclic siloxane functionalized with . These samples will be used for different studies and investigations (radiotherapy, radioisotopes marking etc.) by the members from the ELI-NP platform.

Networking and integration activities in cooperation with the
Romanian North East Regional Development Agency

 The second working visit was made by representatives of SANIMED INTERNATIOMAL IMPEX SRL to “P. Poni” Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry IntelCentru, 8 December 2017, Iasi, Romania

Following Dr. M. Pinteala's visit to SANIMED on February 2017, a group from SANIMED  came (Catalin Robertino Hideg (president of SANIMED), prof. Stelian Maier (vice-president of SANIMED; dr. Georgeta Voicu, dr. Crina Kamerzan (scientific manager of SANIMED), physicist Marian Angheloiu (scientific director of SANIMED) to IntelCentre to discuss about the participation in a project financed by structural funds funded, when SANIMED   proposed  IntelCenter’s group as a partner specialized in the production of probiotics  (dead line is February 2018). In this context a research team was proposed and in the next period the group will work together with SANIMED group on the proposal.

The Second Transnational Stakeholder Group of the D-STIR project was organised on 17th of November 2017, by the South-East Regional Development Agency of Romania (ADR SE), 17th of November 2017

The meeting focused on Business which followed the Quadruple Helix Principle and gathered, besides the representatives of business support organisations, representatives of local public authorities and civil society, as well. The main topics discussed were responsible innovation concept and its practical implementation using STIR instrument, the adaptation of STIR methodology and the project progress towards a Danube Responsible Research and Innovation Strategy. More cooperation agreements with relevant stakeholders have been signed to ensure long-term commitment and further support in the project implementation. Furthermore, the stakeholders have contribute to the preparation of the testing phase of D-STIR method by raising awareness and support for identification of SMEs acting in the field of RDI of Romania.

Participation in the Scientific Board of SANIMED INTERNATIONAL IMPEX S.R.L and networking with industry SANIMED INTERNATIONAL IMPEX S.R.L. is a private company, producer of culture media, collagen and other new and innovative products of advanced biotechnology. It is the result of an outstanding collaboration with prestigious researchers from the scientific world of cellular and molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, physics and materials technology, applied chemistry, human and veterinary medicine. Established in 2003, SANIMED INTERNATIONAL IMPEX S.R.L. is a company appreciated in the domain, responding with professionalism and readiness to the diversified requirements of its customers.

Widening Days: Towards the creation of the "WIDENING Community", 8-9, November 2017
Brussels, 8-9, November 2017

Description: Description: D:\Downloads\IMG_20171108_132025.jpgDr Mariana Pinteala (SupraChem Lab Project Coordinator) and Prof. Marc Abadie (the new SupraChem Lab ERA Chair) have participate on the 9.11.2017 to the Widening Days, event organized by DG R&I together with REA, event that brought together coordinators from ERA CHAIRS (FP7 and Horizon 2020), TWINNING and TEAMING  (phase 2) from all over Europe in order to create a WIDENING COMMUNITY. The meeting was a perfect occasion to exchange best practices; share challenges experiences and how to address them. The idea to develop a Widening Community able to raise visibility and reputation of the organisations involved, creating recognised branding for the actions.  The meeting was an open forum for all stakeholders directly involved in the projects and a perfect opportunity for networking between the projects beneficiaries. For Prof Abadie it was also a very good opportunity to better understand the strategy of the ERA CHAIR projects and the expectations that a ERA CHAIR holder has to face.
Both Prof Abadie and Dr Pinteala have made valuable connections with other ERA CHAIR projects and have also gained information concerning other financial opportunities offered by the Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation Priorty in Horizon 2020

Participation to the Industrial Innovation Info Days 2017, 3-4 October 2017,
3 - 4 October 2017, Brussels

Dr. Teodora Rusu participates to the Industrial Innovation Info Days 2017. The purpose of this event was to inform stakeholders about activities in the “Key Enabling Technologies” part of Horizon 2020. The programme include keynote addresses on current and future investments in EU research & innovation, as well as presentations on upcoming challenges in the area of Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, and Biotechnology.
The main interest of  Dr Rusu in the conference was the better understand the Strategy for a Circular Economy that have the ambition that Europe becomes the world-leader in developing sustainable chemistry, smart materials and intelligent recycling. In this context the SupraChem Lab team should focus on key technology in chemical industry and for a sustainable economy. The substitution of fossil fuels at all steps along the industrial value-chain plays a crucial role to decarbonise industrial processes. CO2 or C1 building blocks are alternative feedstocks for chemicals, materials and fuels. Future disruptive technologies could play a very significant role in lowering the carbon footprint of industry and the entire economy
The Info Days was also characterised by significant networking activities. During brokerage and matchmaking sessions, Dr Rusu had the opportunity to present the SupraChem Lab project ideas and meet potential partners from similar fields with a view to developing future project proposals.

The Info Days was also characterised by significant networking activities. During brokerage and matchmaking sessions, Dr Rusu had the opportunity to present the SupraChem Lab project ideas and meet potential partners from similar fields with a view to developing future project proposals.

The first local workshop for the creation of Transnational Stakeholder Group-TSG for the Pilot Action 1 – Academic Environment was organized  in Magurele, Romania on 9 May 2017

The workshop with the local target actors – stakeholders was organized by IFIN HH. During this first stage of the D-STIR project, a number of 17 representatives of the academic and research environment were invited to join the TSG group. All of them confirmed the cooperation agreement. The agenda of the meeting comprised a brief description of the project, partners, objectives and estimated results. The meeting was concluded with a visit to the ELI-NP site, the European flagship project, under implementation in Romania, being both the reason and a real impetus to achieve the project’s goals.

Info Day ”Horizon 2020 Communication Campaign”, Iasi, Palace of Culture, March 21, 2017.

Due to the important number of registrations and to the strategic importance of the Info Day ”Horizon 2020 Communication Campaign” meeting was organised at the Palace of Culture, Iasi  on March 21, 2017. The meeting was part of the EC D&I campaign of information / communication entitled "H2020 Communication Campaign". The overall objective of the campaign was to train and to prevent financial and legal errors in project management and to discuss national peculiarities.


Agenda of the Info Day”Horizon 2020 Communication Campaign”

The speakers were:

  • Ms Cristina Anania, Legal and Financial Romanian NCP
  • Ms. Simona-Maria STAICU, legal officer, Unit DG RTD.J1 Common Legal Support Service
  • Mr. Gheorghe BANCOS, auditor, Unit DG RTD.J2 Common Audit Service

The main discussions topics were: (a) H2020 model Grant Agreements; (b) Personnel cost calculation and types of staff contracts; (c) Additional remuneration and Direct costs; (d) Third parties and subcontracting aspects in H2020 projects; (e) Synergies with other grants.
An important aspect of the meeting was that the speakers were all Romanian origin and experts in the National Romanian Legislations, so all presentations were presented in direct connection with the Romanian financial legislation
The participant number was of 150 persons from all over Romania and the workshop was broadcast on-line by facility on the Romanian National Authority for Scientific Research on-line channel.
The opening of the workshop was made by Dr. Mihai Chirica Mayor of Iasi, Acad Bogdan C Simionescu Vice president of the Romanian Academy and SupraChem Lab IAB member, Dr. Lacramioara Stratulat Director of the Palace of Culture and Dr. Mariana Pinteala SupraChem Lab Project Coordinator.
The high audience of the meeting and the strategic importance of the speakers as well as others key personalities involved in H2020 (and FP) program in Romania that have participate at the meeting were a perfect ground for networking with researchers  from all over Romania.

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First Networking Meeting at the Romanian Office for Science and Technology, 4-8 March 2017
Brussels, 04 - 08 March 2017

The Romanian Office for Science and Technology (ROST) to European Union, was created in 2005, having the goal to strengthen the Romanian participation in the ERA. ROST belongs to the National Authority for Scientific Research and Innovation, the research department of the Ministry of National Education and Scientific Research.

The ROST mission is:

  • to promote the efficient participation of the Romanian research community in the EU R&D programmes;
  • to introduce Romanian research, development and innovation policies and the scientific and technologic potential to the organizations concerned;
  • to support and promote the co-operation between the industrial and service companies, universities and research institutes, in order to participate in European R&D consortia;
  • to stimulate the setting-up of interest groups at the European level, by focusing on the existent competencies at the national level, in order to increase their chances to participate in European projects/programmes.

 The following categories of services are offered to institutions and the scientific community:

  • promoting the research, development and innovation in Romania;
  • search and facilitating links with European partners;
  • specific dissemination and promotion;
  • facilitating links with European institutions and similar bodies, institutions and national organizations;
  • recommendations regarding the European best-practices in the research-development-innovation field. Participation in Regional or National Meetings

Participation in D-STIR –Danube Framework for Responsible Research and Innovation using Socio-Technical Integration Project

TheD-STIR –Danube Framework for Responsible Research and Innovation using Socio-Technical Integration is a Project implemented by “Horia Hulubei” National Institute for Research and Development in Physics and Nuclear Engineering, Bucharest Romania (IFIN HH) in the framework of Danube Transnational Programme.
D-STIR’s objective is to improve Danube framework conditions for innovation, by integrating Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in the whole innovation pipeline.
The Dr Rusu Teodora  on behalf of the SupraChem Lab project, was invited to join the D-STIR’s Transnational Stakeholder Group.

First work visit SANIMED INTERNATIOMAL IMPEX SRL, Bucharest was made by
Dr. Mariana Pinteala on February 12-13, 2017

The aim of the visit was to promote scientific results of the SupraChem Lab group in order to create an innovative platform in collaboration with industry in the field of biotechnologies. As a result of this visit, SANIMED included in their scientific board dr M. Pinteala   to create a real bridge between researchers and production community, contributing  to a common development of knowledge transfer, having the purpose of applying the scientific results in innovative products or industrial production scale. Also, our common intention was to apply for national and international projects in the field of advanced biotechnologies.

1. Workshop for Development of Intelligent Specialization Projects organized by the NE Regional Development Agency, 26.04.2017 Iasi, Hotel Unirea Participants from SupraChem Lab group: Dr.  Teodora Rusu and Dr. Cristina Uratu

  1. Joint Meeting of the North East Regional Innovation Consortium and the Academic Advisory Board Iasi - April 28, 2017 Iasi County Council - Iacob Negruzi Hall;
  2. Workshop on Innovation Partnerships in Water Management, organized on May 17, 2017, in Iasi (Technical University "Gheorghe Asachi", Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Protection);
  3. Workshop on entrepreneurial discovery in biotechnology. The event was organised by the North East Regional Development Agency together with Executive Unit for Financing Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation (UEFISCDI) Friday, October 27, 2017, at International Hotel, Iasi

  1. Periodic meeting Academic Commission organised by the North East Regional Development Agency,  Oct. 31, 2017, at Roman - meeting dedicated to discussing the extended RIS3 integrated project files submitted in the NE RIS3 Pilot action;
  2. Training for beneficiaries of Program SME Instrument organised by the North East Regional Development Agency, November 7-9, 2017 - a series of 3 seminars dedicated to innovative SMEs interested in submitting or improving an application within the SME Program;
  • Workshop: Supply of innovative (bio) processing services and solutions of the by-products of agro-industries, organized Romanian National Institute for Chemistry INCDCP-ICECHIM by November 24, 2017, starting at 10.30 am at the Training Hall of the Hotel Unirea Iasi;
  • "Intelligent Specialization in the Development Regions of Romania - from pilot initiatives to the maturing process", organized by the North East Regional Development Agency from 7 to 8 December 2017, in Piatra Neamt - event that aims to mark the moment from the stage of preparation of the intelligent specialization process to the finalization of the framework necessary for the implementation of smart specialization strategies at the level of the Romanian regions.

Participation in meetings organised abroad, 10 November 2016
IGLO ERA-in-Action Workshop on the Horizon 2020 Interim Evaluation,
Brussels, 10 November 2016

On November 10, 2016, Dr. Teodora Rusu, SupraChem Lab Project Manager was invited to participate to the IGLO ERA-in-action workshops that aimed to provide a platform to discuss concrete issues related to the implementation of and developments around Horizon 2020. The target group have been experts from the constituencies of individual IGLO offices who have practical experience with the implementation of Horizon 2020 proposals and projects. The event brought together delegates from many countries which participate in the IGLO Network (including Associated Countries), who also represented different sectors (academia and industry). The event was kicked off by a presentation from Sonia Maria Sanchez Gomez, Assistant to MEP Cabezón Ruiz, Rapporteur for the H2020 Interim Evaluation at the ITRE committee. The introduction was followed by a discussion among the participants who were asked to respond to three different questions:

  • What do you like about Horizon 2020 and what would you like to stay?
  • What is currently not working and what needs to change?
  • What is your wish list / what are your big ideas for FP9?

European Parliament Public Hearing, ECR group Closing the success gap in R&I Framework Programmes 29.06.2016, European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium

Dr. Teodora Rusu was invited to participate in the Public Hearing related to the results of recent studies that indicate an increasing divide between EU13 and EU15 with respect to the possibilities to participate in R&I Framework Programmes and actions necessary to close the gap. Speakers, scientists with a solid experience in coordination and management of EU funded projects, have presented their projects and have share their insights on encountered difficulties and structural problems preventing scientists from EU-13 to fully participate R&I Framework Programmes.

Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation in Horizon 2020 Friday 8th April 2016, Brussels, Belgium

Dr. Pinteala Mariana and Dr. Teodora Rusu have participated in the Info day organized by DG R&I together with REA concerning the 2016 Call of Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation in Horizon 2020 Program. The Info day was honored by the opening of Peter DRÖLL, Director, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation and by the presentations made by Dimitri CORPAKIS, Head of Unit, DG RTD and Peter Van der ZANDT, Head of Unit, REA that made a clear Widening - general overview.

The presentations that fallowed on the future call represented a very good and useful tool for future application on Teaming or Twining projects. During the brakes the participants have been offer a good opportunity to share opinions and to network between them.

Info Day - Horizon 2020 Communication Campaign Friday March 4, 2016 Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Faculty of Administration and Public Management

The Romanian National Authority for Scientific Research and Innovation in collaboration with the European Commission and the Academy of Economic Studies, Faculty of Public Administration and Management has organised on March 4, 2016 a campaign of information / communication entitled "H2020 Communication Campaign". The overall objective of the campaign was to train and to prevent financial and legal errors in project management and discuss national peculiarities. The SupraChem Lab Project was represented by Dr. Teodora Rusu (Project Manager), Dr. Raluca And one (Lawyer) and ec. Lucia Mocanu (Financial Manager). The Info Day was a very useful tool to better understand legal and financial aspect in the implementation of the Horizon 2020 projects. The Info day also offer a personalized support for Romanian applicants in Horizon 2020 and the participation of European Commission (DG RTD) experts was very useful.
At the end of the event, Dr. Teodora Rusu has contact Cristina Anania (the Romanian NCP on Legal and Financial aspect – the Romanian organisation of the event) and both have decided that a similar event will be also organised in Iasi in Spring 2017 within the framework of networking activities of the SupraChem Lab Project.

H2020 COORDINATORS' DAY Amendments / Reporting and Payments 24 February 2016, Brussels, Belgium

Dr. Rusu Teodora has participated to the H2020 Coordinators Day organised by DG Research and Innovation. The meeting was an open forum for project coordinators to learn more on: amendments, legal basis and the Business Process and IT Tool, Participant's Guarantee Fund; Reporting & payments, Legal Basis and Business Process and IT Tool; Model Grant Agreement / Financial Issues. All presentations have been made by relevant representatives of DG RTD and the participants have also had a good opportunity to network and share experience between them or to ask clarifications from de Commission staff concerning all specific aspects of project life cycle.

International Cooperation; Vector for development – Round Table organized by Europe Enterprise Network , 18.02.2016, Iasi, Romania

Dr. Rodinel Ardeleanu represented the SupraChem Lab Project to the round table organized by NE Romanian Region Contact Point of Europe Enterprise Network together with the Technology Transfer and Innovation Agency Chisinau, the Republic of Moldavia.
The meeting was a good opportunity to network with different key players of the innovation from the Romanian Nord Est region and from the Republic of Moldavia

The ERA Chair Coordinators’ Day, 9 December 2015, Brussels Belgium

The meeting started with a networking dinner for FP7 and Horizon 2020 ERA Chairs’ projects representatives that take place on Tuesday, 8th December 2015 and was a first opportunity to network and shear experience between the first ERA CHAIR projects (the pilot action under FP) and the new wave of projects under FP7.

The following day the official meeting started with some lessons learnt from the FP7 - ERA Chairs moderated by Adeline KROLL, DG RTD B5 presented by Nuno NUNES - Coordinator of LEAPFROG, Portugal and Mary O'CONNOR - ERA Chair holder of CEITEC-ERA, Czech Republic. Afterwards several procedures regarding the implementation and reporting in Horizon 2020 were discussed in details. Bilateral meeting between coordinators &mangers with the project officer were also a very fruitful tool for networking and share knowledge. The SupraChem Lab Project was represented at this meeting by Dr. Mariana Pinteala (project coordinator) and Dr. Rusu Teodora (project manager).

Horizon 2020 Workshop Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation & Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions , 27.10.2015, Sofia, Bulgaria

European Commission and EURAXESS Bulgaria organized a Horizon 2020 workshop "Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation" which was held on 27.10.2015 at the Sofia Hotel Balkan

The objective of the workshop was to increase the success rate of Bulgarian institutions in their applications for funding under Horizon 2020. Experts were provided an overview of funding opportunities and provided insights on how to draft successful proposals. Question and answer sessions were foreseen throughout the day.

During the event, Dr Teodora Rusu have discussed with different participants in the workshop in order to present the SupraChem Lab Project and also to network with different possible future partners. In the afternoon section: How to write a successful proposal! ERA Chairs instrument organized by Dr. Monica Alexandru, Dr T. Rusu has presented the SupraChem Lab Project as an example of good practice.