Meeting 26 February 2014

  • Participants: Georg Schwering (Aachen), Alessandro Iovene (CAEN), Guido Haefeli EPFL), Pascal Perret (Clermont Ferrand), Nicoleta Dinu (Orsay), Christian Joram (CERN, chair, summary), Tobias Eggert (KETEK, part time), Antonio Pelegrino (Nikhef)

  • Status of proposal
  • Update on Consortium
  • Next steps
  • Next meeting

Short summary and decisions

  • The proposal has clearley evolved in the past two weeks, but the progress remains behind the plan. Several of the tasks agreed last time are still to be done.

  • Christian worked on a summary, which should, once agreed and optimised, serve as red line for the whole proposal writing. He also worked out the text of a large part of ch. 2 (Excellence). Georg and Antonio made a couple of suggestions which wil improve the clarity of the chapter, particularly for a non-expert reader. A couple of ideas came up during the discussion how the training programme could be made more innovative, such as Visiting scientists (depends very much on personality), writing/reviewing documents, seat in supervisory board. The idea by Georg of a joint test beam fully organized by the ESRs is very attractive.
  • Chapters (Impact) was not updated since the last meeting. In 3.1 and 3.2, we are still missing references to the European strategies (Bologna process, Salzburg principles, Erasmus ...). Ch. 3.3 is to be written --> Antonio. CAEN and KETEK are inted to contribute to the intellectual property part.
  • Ch. 4 (Implementation) is in the same form as at the last meeting. Guido expects to deliver a new version before the weekend. Pascal will concentrate on the harmonization of the work packages as well as consistent milestones and deliverables. He expects to deliver early next week. Antonio to fill the capacity table for Nikhef. Alessandro to re-iterate the job description of the CAEN ESR (development of prototype, cooperation with other partners).

  • Consortium: we consider the current consortium with 8 beneficiaries as settled. The question, whether Swiss universities (in our case EPFL) can be full beneficiaries may not be settled by the time of proposal submission. For th etime being we keep EPFL as full beneficiary. Plan B could be to have EPFL as associated partner and attach the two EPFL ESRs to CERN. They could be 'officially' seconded to EPFL for about 1 year each. The rest of the time they could be remotely supervised and would anyway be enroled in the EPFL PhD programme.
  • Associated partners: We have no news of Kurchatov (reminder sent). Saint Gobain was contacted and the proposal is being discussed with their management. Pascal had a first discussion with Barecelona which revealed clear interest. He will re-iterate with them. Christian will prepare a template of the letter of commitment.

  • Other missing items
    • Read about EU Research & Innovation policy and extract useful aspects for proposal --> Christian extracted a set of documents, but didn't process the information yet.
    • Look at infrastructure in SciFi partners (incl. associated ones) and demonstrate full coverage of needs and complementarity (graphical representation?). Volunteer?

  • Next meeting: Guido, Pascal and Christian will meet at CERN on Wednesday, 5 March (time to be defined) for a discussion / editing session.
  • Next vidyo meeting tentatively on Wednesday, 12 March, 9:00.

The goal is to have a real draft 1 ready by Monday (3 March) evening. Pleople should read it and provide their feedback before 5 March morning.

-- ChristianJoram - 26 Feb 2014

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