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H O R I Z O N 2 0 2 0 P R O J E C T S : P O R TA L
P R O F I L E
E X C E L L E N T S C I E N C E
T
he project ‘Excellence Centre of Advanced Material
Research and Technology Transfer’ (CAMART
2
) is in line
with the mission of the Institute of Solid State Physics,
University of Latvia (ISSP UL), to transfer excellence in material
science into highly educated people and innovation.
The proposed CAMART
2
project aims at upgrading the existing
Excellence Centre of Advanced Material Research and Technology at
the ISSP UL to a new, significantly stronger RDI organisation. The
upgrade will enable the efficient transfer of new materials and
technologies into products for commercial and public benefits
based on an exchange of knowledge and synergies with
innovation-intensive project consortium partners – KTH Royal
Institute of Technology and Acreo Swedish ICT. The partners are
recognised as worldwide leaders in research and innovation,
having pursued a number of successful commercialisation projects,
and are parts of the innovation system in Stockholm, Kista.
The complementary competences and infrastructures of the
ISSP UL, KTH and Acreo allow them to address the European
Union’s Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges pillar. Research
collaboration and knowledge transfer will be conducted
according to the pillars of Excellent Science and Leadership in
Enabling and Industrial Technologies.
CAMART
2
’s thematic specialisation is defined according to the
‘Smart materials, technology and engineering systems’ RIS3 topic
of Latvia and European Commission-defined key enabling
technologies – advanced materials, advanced manufacturing,
photonics, nanotechnology, and micro and nanoelectronics.
The RDI activities at the CAMART
2
centre of excellence will be
focused on:
n
Thin films and coating technologies;
n
Functional materials for electronics and photonics;
n
Nanotechnology, nanocomposites and ceramics; and
n
Computational material science by atomistic scale modelling
of technologically important materials and devices.
CAMART
2
’s strategic objectives are to:
n
Increase the level of research commercialisation;
n
Enhance co-operation between businesses and academics;
n
Develop a co-operation platform for enterprises and scientists;
n
Support joint research; and
n
Foster technology transfer.
To fulfil these objectives, CAMART
2
will, during the first stage,
elaborate a business plan according to the needs and demands
of the national and Baltic Sea region industry for R&D and
technology transfer services in the field of advanced materials
and technologies.
The co-ordinator of the project is ISSP UL – a leading research
and education centre for materials science and advanced
technologies in Latvia. Along with the developments in the
scientific arena, ISSP UL has developed good collaboration with
high innovation level industries in Latvia. As a result of the
technological and scientific research realised at the institute,
several spin-off companies have been established. Although the
level of innovation and research commercialisation compared to
other scientific institutions in Latvia is above average, there is still
room for improvement.
The first broad public exposure of the CAMART
2
project is planned
during the brokerage event at the EuroNanoForum 2015, taking
place on 10-12 June in Riga, Latvia.
Finally, the implementation of CAMART
2
will improve
collaboration between countries within the Baltic Sea region and
diminish the disparities in RDI between Latvia and well-
performing member states.
Andris Sternberg
Director
Institute of Solid State Physics
University of Latvia
te l :
+371 67187816
Horizon 2020Teaming project CAMART
2
is a key enabling tool for enhancement
of the innovation and technology transfer power at the ISSP UL
A boost for technology transfer
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