Official launch of the H2020 ASCIMAT project


The H2020 ASCIMAT project was officially launched on January 21st 2016, where the kick-off meeting was held in Prague, Czech Republic.

ASCIMAT is a new European project aimed at boosting the scientific excellence and technology-transfer capacity in advanced scintillating materials of the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences(Fyzikální ústav ČAV, v.v.i. - FZU), by creating a network with the high-quality Twinning partners: European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Institut Lumière Matière - Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (ILM-Université Lyon 1), Università degli Studi di Milano - Bicocca (UNIMIB), and Intelligentsia Consultants.

In addition to preparing the successful proposal and securing the project, Intelligentsia Consultants will be actively involved in its implementation, helping the coordinator (FZU) with project management, organisation of workshops and summer schools, and the dissemination of the project results. Furthermore, over the course of the 3-year project, the company will conduct a series of trainings on innovation and technology transfer.

ASCIMAT Consortium Partners
(Made by S. Kyselova, Bulletin of AS CR)

After a brief presentation of the project and its core activities, the partners discussed a preliminary schedule for the staff exchanges which will take place during the first year of the project.

Four FZU researchers will spend four months in CERN working on research sub-topic 1, "Radiation damage and timing characteristics of scintillation materials". In return, three scientists from CERN will make several visits to FZU. The staff exchanges in respect to research sub-topic 2, "Material dimensionality influence and characteristics under different excitation modes", are also well planned. FZU will send several scientists to UCBL-ILM for two and a half months, and will host two and a half months of incoming secondments. As for research sub-topic 3, "Defect influence on the transfer stage of scintillation mechanisms", UNIMIB will host three FZU researchers for four months, and send five researchers to FZU for three months in total.

In order to optimise time and travel budget, the partners will organise staff exchanges, training workshops and summer schools in conjunction with other events, such as the 7th International Symposium on Optical Materials Conference and Crystal Clear Collaboration Meetings.

The partners have agreed that the first ASCIMAT Summer School will be held in September 2016 in Italy as a satellite event of the large RAMSES summer school on KIC Materials organised by UNIMIB. The following Summer Schools will be hosted by CERN in 2017, and FZU in 2018.

Finally, the partners have also agreed on a dissemination strategy, and discussed a tentative schedule for the upcoming outreach activities.

The kick-off meeting was attended by representatives of local media, and later on reported in Akademický bulletin, on radio “Cesky rozhlas plus”, as well as on the website of FZU.

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