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HORIZON 2020 and EaP PLUS instruments to support EU-EaP cooperation presented at TUMOCS final meeting in Vilnius

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  • Posted on: Sep 4, 2018
  • Belarus

On 28 August 2018, EaP PLUS partner BelISA (represented by Ms Olga Meerovskaya) and H2020 National Coordinator in Belarus jointly presented the current opportunities in terms of EU-EaP cooperation via H2020 and beyond it, at the final meeting of the TUMOCS project, (TUneable Multiferroics based on oxygen OCtahedral Structures).

The main objective of TUMOCS is to develop new lead-free multiferroic materials for prospective application in forms of films and/or arranged layers in which the cross-coupling (magnetic-dipolar-elastic) can be tuned by both internal and external factors. The project is funded under Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA).

TUMOCS is a vivid example of effective and fruitful diaspora-inspired collaboration that includes 10 research teams from 8 academic research and business organizations, representing a total of four EU Member States (Portugal, Germany, Lithuania, UK) and two EaP countries (Belarus and Ukraine). Three of seven EU groups in the consortium are led by the Belarusian researchers currently working abroad, including Dr. Andrei Salak, the coordinator and Head of the University of Aveiro (Portugal) who is originally from Vitebsk.

TUMOCS uses the RISE scheme (support of staff exchanges but not for personnel). With four months still ahead of the project before its completion in December 2018, the project has already produced remarkable results:

  • 70 researchers involved in the project activities,
  • close to 30 articles published in highly ranked journals and some more under preparation,
  • a variety of other dissemination activities implemented (co-organizing and participating in international conferences, invited talks, lecturing in foreign universities, etc.),
  • 90% of the planned staff exchanges completed with the increasing number of young researchers involved from year to year,
  • 30 out of 32 deliverables submitted.

Interestingly, together with the other project SPINMULTIFILM, coordinated by Dr. Nikolai Sobolev who is also from Belarus and working in the University of Aveiro, TUMOCS has brought Portugal, a country historically poorly connected to Belarus in the list of its top-3 collaborators with MSCA.

The meeting was used by the consortium for discussing the ideas for the new applications to the other pillars of H2020, COST and bilateral calls. Thus, information on EaP PLUS instruments to support EU – EaP cooperation has been positively taken by its members.

Participants of the final TUMOCS meeting, Vilnius, Lithuania
Participants of the final TUMOCS meeting, Vilnius, Lithuania

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