The ENRIITC project aims to build a permanent pan-European network of Industrial Liaison and Contact Officers (ILOs and ICOs) and enable industry to become a full partner of research infrastructures whether it is as a user, a supplier, or a co-creator. In other words, ENRIITC supports the establishment of strategic, cross-border partnerships between industry and research infrastructures. The primary objectives of ENRIITC are:
-Establish a sustainable European network of ILOs and ICOs which enables mutual learning
-Map collaboration potential between research infrastructures and industry,
-Develop and refine strategies and best practices to foster these collaborations,
-Raise awareness among industry for collaboration opportunities at research infrastructures, and demonstrate impact.
ENRIITC brings together 11 Partners and more than 60 Associates from around Europe. The network members represent diverse scientific areas, industrial sectors and geographical regions. More info about ENRIITC at enriitc.eu .
ENRIITC’s 1st virtual e-meeting has been scheduled for October 15-16. The event is being planned as a great chance for participants to get to know one another, to launch the ENRIITC Network by holding table discussions to facilitate networking and collaboration among its members, and to offer a fun and interactive experience.
After a warm welcome and introduction, all participants will be redirected to interactive table discussions around four specific topics that are also important to project partners. The topics in the table discussions are:
- What are the barriers and ways forward to promote joint innovation and collaboration between Research Infrastructures and industry,
- What are best practices on approaches and tools in communication between Research Infrastructures and industry,
- How to we unlock the innovation potential of Research Infrastructures for the benefit of industry,
- What are the roles and responsibilities of the Research Infrastructure industrial contact point,
- What are the needs concerning training and education for industry relations, and
- What are the most important channels and collaborators (e.g. technology parks, mediators, embassies) and how do you use them to engage with industry?