Trieste, 25th October 2016. The President of the Region Friuli Venezia Giulia, Debora Serracchiani, declared: “Today’s event represents a relevant output of the bilateral agreement signed on May 4th by myself and Minister President Seehofer to strengthen the cooperation of our Regions in the fields of Transport and Connectivity, Economy and Education, Agriculture and Research & Innovation”.
The Executive Director of CERIC, Jana Kolar, and the Vice Chair of SHARE, Guglielmo Weber, explained that the two Consortia aim at combining their skills in the management of ERICs and research infrastructures in general, as well as at promoting greater synergies among available funds.
Jana Kolar added, “The agreement is a concrete action linking research infrastructures, thus scientific and industrial communities, and represents a solid basis to strengthen relations between regions in the fields of research and innovation. It is also a further step towards the improvement of ERIC-related policies by the exchange of both personnel and best practices”.
“A special day, when analytical science meets social sciences”, commented the Vice Chair of SHARE and signatory of the MoU, Guglielmo Weber.
The ceremony was attended also by Alfonso Franciosi, President and CEO of the Italian facility in CERIC, Giorgio Rossi, Chair of ESFRI – European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures, and Harry Tuinder, representative of the Directorate General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission.
After the signing, a roundtable took place, on the role of research infrastructures in tackling major societal challenges, with a focus on the case of Friuli Venezia Giulia and its current policy for active ageing. Representatives of the hosting Region and of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, as well as delegates of national and European research entities, took part in the debate.
CERIC-ERIC is an integrated multidisciplinary Research Infrastructure open for basic and applied users in the fields of Materials, Biomaterials and Nanotechnology. With a single entry point to excellent facilities, it allows structural investigation, analysis and synthesis of materials, using photon, electron, neutron, and ion based techniques.
SHARE-ERIC (Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe) is a multidisciplinary and cross-national Research Infrastructure responsible for a European Longitudinal Ageing Survey and for collection and analysis of micro data on health, socio-economic status and social and family networks, which offers open access at world level and has its statutory seat in Munich.
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