Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: MSCA-NIGHT-2016 | Award Amount: 870.02K | Year: 2016
Following previous TEN years of successful implementation of European Researchers Night in Israel we will have: o Venues covering the whole country. o Involvement of the academic community including Israel Ministry of Science, Technology and Space (MOST), all major research universities, leading collages and three science museums. o Awareness campaign at national level managed and funded by the Israel Ministry of Science, Technology and Space. o Groups of junior-high and high-school students (ages 12-18) will be invited by each partner to take part in each venue. We are ready and proud to implement European Researchers Night 2016 & 2017. All of the partners involved in the project have the experience of running successful European Researchers Nights events. With the successive increase in number of visitors along the years and the reputation of the event we are expecting more than 55,000 visitors each year. Same management as in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 successful events. Proposal covers both 2016 & 2017 European Researchers Night events.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: DRS-09-2015 | Award Amount: 8.81M | Year: 2016
Recent studies from the IPCC indicate that Europe is particularly prone to increased risks of river and coastal floods, droughts resulting in water restrictions and damages from extreme weather such as heat events and wildfires. Evaluations also show a huge potential to reduce these risks with novel adaptation strategies. Researchers, innovators and incubators develop innovative products and services to reduce the increased climate change risks. Many of these innovations however hardly arrive at the markets. BRIGAID BRIdges the GAp for Innovations in Disaster resilience. BRIGAIDs approach is supported by three pillars. (1) At first BRIGAID takes into account the geographical variability of climate-related hazards and their interaction with socio-economic changes, (2) BRIGAID establishes structural, on-going support for innovations that are ready for validation in field tests and real life demonstrations and (3) BRIGAID develops a framework that enables an independent, scientific judgement of the socio-technological effectiveness of an innovation. BRIGAIDs objective is ambitious but achievable with strong consortium partners in EU, two Associated Countries and support from Overseas Territories. BRIGAID (a) brings actively together innovators and end-users in Communities of Innovation, resulting in increased opportunities for market-uptake; (b) contributes to the development of a technological and performance standards for adaptation options by providing a Test and Implementation Framework (TIF) and test facilities throughout Europe; (c) Improves innovation capacity and the integration of new knowledge by establishing an innovators network and (d) strengthens the competitiveness and growth of companies with the support of a dedicated business team. Finally BRIGAID develops a business models and market outreach to launch innovations to the market and secure investments in innovations beyond BRIGAIDs lifetime.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2013-NIGHT | Award Amount: 389.09K | Year: 2013
With 7 years of experience, support (in time, efforts and funds) from Israel Ministry of Science and Technology, 36,500 visitors last year, one Guinness World Record, 14 venues all over Israel from Kiryat-Shmona in the very north to Eilat in the very south and a National TV, National Radio and major newspapers coverage our strong consortium is really committed to Researchers Night success. In 2013 our Researchers Night event will be even bigger while most of the partners will send researchers to meet the audience outside the campuses at local cafs of neighbor cities. This way we will increase the number of people enjoying the face to face meetings with researchers and will tighten the connection between the universities and the community for yearlong cooperation. All of the partners which will operate 2013 Researchers Night event already have the experience and took part in previous Researchers Nights events. Partners which will run the event in 2013 are ALL of the universities in Israel, two of the leading collages and 2 science museum which one of them is the National Museum of Science, Technology & Space which will also coordinate the project. The main theme for this year Researchers Night event will be Space and us in conjunction with marking 10 years for the Columbia tragedy and the preservation of Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut, legacy of excellence and science. Management of 2013 will stay the same as in 2011 and 2012 successful events.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2011-NIGHT | Award Amount: 258.67K | Year: 2011
With two governmental offices supporting, all universities and the main leading colleges in Israel taking part, Researchers Night 2011 event expected to be a great success and to fulfill its objectives. Read on... Israel`s Researchers Night (IRN) has been a highly successful national science project. Every year, many people attend the event and numerous institutions want to partner on an event that has become a sort of informal Researchers National Day. Moreover, the partnership on Researchers Night in Israel has turned the IRN consortium into a much larger and stronger community science education body, which has begun to take on additional joint actions in the field of science orientation. In 2011 we plan to expand emphasis on academic research and its implementation in industry, at the encounter with scientists as ordinary people like us. Four additional academic institutions will run activities in 2011. The Open University (OUI), Sami Shamoon Collage (SCE) and Haifa University (HAIFAU) which will join us for the first time and will also finance the activities using own funds, Bar-Ilan university which was responsible for WP3 but on 2011 will run activities during the night instead. Ort Braude College which hosted some successful activities last year will join us this year as well using own funds for 2011 activities. We believe that with almost no budget expand, these newly added institutions, yielding a greater number and range of participating scientists, will contribute to the attractiveness of the event and appeal to Israelis of all ages, backgrounds and geographic locations, who will come to meet researchers face-to-face. We will cover geographically the entire country, with many event locations (science-caf and round-tables) outside the campuses, where the public and researchers will have a chance to converse at eye level. The 2011 event will focus on Chemistry in line with UNESCOs International Year of Chemistry (2011)
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: MSCA-NIGHT-2014 | Award Amount: 808.05K | Year: 2014
Following previous eight years of successful implementation of European Researchers Night in Israel we will have: o Venues covering the whole country. o Involvement of the academic community including Israel Ministry of Science, Technology and Space (MOST), all major research universities, leading collages and three science museums. o Awareness campaign at national level managed and funded by the Israel Ministry of Science, Technology and Space. o Groups of junior-high and high-school students (ages 12-18) will be invited by each partner to take part in each venue. We are ready and proud to implement European Researchers Night 2014 & 2015. All of the partners involved in the project have the experience of running successful European Researchers Nights events. With the successive increase in number of visitors along the years and the reputation of the event we are expecting more than 50,000 visitors each year. Main theme for 2014 will be Water & Marine Sciences research. Main theme for 2015 will be Brain Research which is very attractive subject to the special 10th anniversary event. Same management as in 2011, 2012, 2013 successful events. Proposal covers both 2014 & 2015 European Researchers Night events.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ENERGY.2010.10.2-1 | Award Amount: 3.64M | Year: 2011
In a solar cell that converts energy as efficient as the natural plant photosystems, electrons should travel over very short distances, through an extremely ordered structure free of traps. Guided by these principles that were worked out at WIS and CUNY, we want to synthesize many different peptides, and consecutively screen variants thereof for a putative diode function. When linked to light-harvesting building blocks, these should yield a novel type of solar cell that is based on biomimetic principles. To achieve these goals, UPC will chemically synthesize a panel of artificial building blocks that are designed to harvest light and/or tunnel electrons. When assembled into many different peptides, some of these constructs are expected to function as a diode, and, when linked to light-harvesting molecules, as a solar cell. Peptides will be embedded into a self-assembled monolayer of alkanethiols on individual gold pads of a computer chip, which will be designed and manufactured by IMS. Each individual peptide can be addressed by feeding in, and at the same time measuring, the amount of current flow in both directions through the gold pads of the individual pixels. A similar kind of screen should then detect a functional peptide-based solar cell. 10.000 Peptides per cm(\2) will be synthesized by a particle based combinatorial synthesis recently developed by KIT-G and PPP. These peptides will be transferred in the array format to the chip where they couple to the gold pads. Therein, peptides will be coupled through cysteine residues to the flat gold surface, where they are embedded into a membrane-like structure. We expect that our evolution inspired approach may open a novel route to very efficient, and very cheap solar cells. This is due to the small percolation distances, highly ordered modular peptide structures, the large number of generated peptides, the ability to easily combine and modify eventually found peptide-diodes, and the frugal material consumption.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: REGIONS-2012-2013-1 | Award Amount: 2.49M | Year: 2013
WE@EU is a coordination action born from the initiative of a wide range of actors from five different European regions that have a true awareness on problems related to availability of water in sufficient quantities and adequate quality in their regions. Taking into account that over 80% of the population is expected to be living in urban areas in EU countries by 2050, pressures on the availability of water, also under the effects of the climate change phenomenon, is becoming a major challenge at European and global level. WE@EU has been conceived to coordinate european innovation in the water efficiency market of products and services through high-level cooperation between five European regions represented by research-driven clusters. The five participating regions are envisaged to identify common solutions towards the development of effective R&D&I policies trough knowledge transfer, mutual learning and capacity building,in a coordinate collaboration with R&D&I performers, the business sector, regional authorities/policy makers and civil society. WE@EU will promote the delivery of innovative solutions, skills and policy instruments to support to boost competitiveness of the participating regions towards a more resource-efficient economy. Ultimately, WE@EU is expected to set up the base for a higher specialization degree in water-efficiency, contributing to the development of their Regional Innovation Strategies.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: ERC-CG | Phase: ERC-CG-2013-LS9 | Award Amount: 2.00M | Year: 2014
This project aims at producing a fully functional light energy conversion system that is inspired by, but does not necessarily mimic, the fundamental solar energy conversion unit of natural photosynthesis the photosystem. This is a formidable challenge that can be met with thorough understanding of biological energy and electron transfer processes, and the growing capabilities of computational protein design. Here, this knowledge and capabilities will be further developed and utilized for the design and construction of multi-cofactor, multi-subunit protein complexes with photosystem functionality. These will be designed to efficiently capture light in the visible and near infrared range, exploit it for driving the oxidation of a molecular redox carrier at one end, and providing highly reducing electrons at the other end. Our general goal will be achieved by designing protein-cofactor complexes that will facilitate light-driven electron- and excitation energy-transfer that will make up the reaction center, and light harvesting modules, respectively. Constructing protein scaffolds that will assemble and organize arrays of multiple pigments, and chains of redox cofactors are significant challenges at the forefront of the field of protein de novo design, and current theories of biological energy and electron transfer. Success will set a new standard, well beyond the current state of the art, for our ability to use computational protein design methods for assembling functional protein-cofactor complexes. These can be used as benchmarks to test and validate the engineering principles of biological energy conversion systems, as well as new ideas about their evolution. Practically, it will open new and exciting technological possibilities for constructing artificial solar energy conversion systems from biological building blocks, which may enable their introduction into living systems and the construction of novel bioreactors for light driven fuel production.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2012-NIGHT | Award Amount: 358.79K | Year: 2012
Over 6 years of experience with Researchers Night project and many more of engaging youngsters to science and scientists thought us that the more personal we make the event the more effective it will be on the long terms. In Researchers Night 2012 we will try to make it moving, touching and unique by all means. Scientists will wear special shirts or badges to be easily identified and will call the public to talk, ask, interview, discuss issues with them. Some of them will be involved in scientific missions with the public to increase communication and cooperation. Many other interactive activities will take place involving scientists and the public alike to achieve the important targets of the Researchers Night project. This year, the IRN2012 partners - a network of universities, colleges, science museums and science parks, many of whom worked together on Researchers Night in previous years, will cover Israel from north to south and from west to east, with many opportunities for the public to connect with the researchers in their own locations. The event will comprise face-to-face meetings with scientists, science cafes and small group discussions with scientists about their scientific activities and lives. Given the extended countrywide activities, we anticipate a greater number of participants. Read on for details...
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: REGPOT-2012-2013-1 | Award Amount: 5.43M | Year: 2012
Objectives: CEREHA - Centre of Excellence for Research on Environment, Health and Aging is structured to be an inter- and multidisciplinary centre led by MIGAL. This project is the most important research initiative of the Galilee region in Northern Israel. The main objective of CEREHA is to become internationally known research institute, which is capable of initiating and performing excellent interrelated studies in environment, health and aging. Activities: CEREHA will study the aging phenomena employing biological, medical, environmental, epidemiological and social perspectives. Such research requires the creation of a unifying umbrella that will bridge across the inherent fragmentation in science and aggregate the research efforts, especially in human potential across the whole Mediterranean region. The project is encompasses of 6 research institutions, including public and private sectors from Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and USA. The work-plan is divided into 8 WPs, including Management and Ex Post Evaluation. The other WPs are constructed to pave the way to excellence and include secondments from and to partners, upgrade of existing experimental and research facilities, cycles of seminars and international contacts with other research and business organisations, and finally activities geared towards a regional dimension, in view of sparking a competitiveness dynamic in the Galilee. The dissemination activities are also directed to raise complementary funds by the Israeli government. Expected impact CEREHA will create a high quality and high visibility Centre, which will encompass research on health and environment in relation to aging. This Centre, will strive to get input from several other Centres of Excellence in Europe and in the US. This knowledge exchange will be formulated and transformed into meetings, symposia, and workshops that undoubtedly will have a significant and lasting impact on the aging population in the Galilee and beyond. These activities are inherent part of CEREHAs long-term strategy to raise the research and innovation profile of the Galilee - Israels peripheral region.