Presentations of RICH Symposium "Fostering the Innovation Potential of RIs" now available

“Innovation is like love: you can’t buy it, you can’t force it”. The somewhat lame metaphor from  ICOS-ERIC’s Director General Werner Kutschstuck like no other at the II RICH Symposium, held on the 8th of May, at the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon.

The objectives of the symposium, which was organised in collaboration with the European Commission, were to showcase approaches to innovation taken by Research Infrastructures and projects in all scientific domains, as well as to provide a floor for the discussion of policies and incentives for innovation.

If the presentations made during theday are representative of the European Research Infrastructures, then all stakeholders should feel inspired and motivated by the creativity and resourcefulness ofthe research community.

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RICH Video: SYSBIO - Centre of Systems Biology

“SYSBIO.IT – Centre of Systems Biology” is an Italian open access Research Infrastructure (RI) focused on Systems Biology, the new study paradigm of Life Sciences. Systems Biology integrates genome-wide molecular analysis with mathematical modeling and computer simulations. SYSBIO.IT is funded by Italian Ministry for Research (MIUR), in the framework of the Italian roadmap for RI. SYSBIO.IT operates under an agreement between the National Research Council (CNR) and the University of Milano-Bicocca, and is distributed throughout different locations in Milan and Rome.SYSBIO.IT tune its Systems Biology approach on mitochondrial metabolism, and its connections with cell growth, cell cycle and cell death, molecular mechanism related to cancer and neurodegeneration.

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RICH video: Barcelona Supercomputing Center

Barcelona Supercomputing Center-Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS) is the national supercomputing centre in Spain. It specialises in high performance computing (HPC) and manage MareNostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe, located in the Torre Girona chapel. BSC is at the service of the international scientific community and of industry that requires HPC resources. The multidisciplinary research team and computational facilities –including MareNostrum– make BSC an international centre of excellence in e-Science. Since its establishment in 2005, BSC has developed an active role in fostering HPC in Spain and Europe as an essential tool for international competitiveness in science and engineering. The centre manages the Red Española de Supercomputación (RES), and is a hosting member of the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) initiative.


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FAQs on RIs WP 2016-2017 are now available online

The first FAQ about the WP 2016-2017 are now available online, on: 

The questions have been prepared by the National Contact Points for the Research Infrastructures programme, including, among others, the knowledge gained during the official EU information day, held in Brussels, on 28 October 2015. 

The consolidated answers are clustered into groups: one concerning all calls in the section “general” and one for the RIs call in Work Programme 2015-2016 (INFRADEV, INFRAIA, EINFRA and INFRAINNOV).

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RICH 2020, the European Network of National Contact Points (NCPs) for Research Infrastructures in Horizon 2020, facilitates transnational cooperation between NCPs, promotes the effective implementation of the RI programme, supports transnational and virtual access to RIs and highlights the opportunities offered by Research Infrastructures - at the European and international level.

The Network builds on the experience of previous networks of National Contact Points for the Research Infrastructures programme (EuroRIs-Net and EuroRIs-Net+, 2007-2013).

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