Community Research Federal Ministry of Education and Research German EU Presidency 2007 ESFRI DESY

Challenge 3a: Infrastructures and innovation

E. Oñate, Director of the International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE), Technical University of Catalonia (UPC)
Establishing Effective Cross-Border Networks of Infrastructures and RTD Stakeholders:
The Case of CIMNE

We present a viable approach to create sustainable, transnational and decentralised research networks of industrial and RTD stakeholders. Focused teams of researchers at universities, RTD centres and businesses in Europe and overseas are offered a flexible vehicle for building a durable relationship by setting up small size infrastructure aiming to jointly develop cooperative projects, support higher education initiatives, and facilitate cross-border technology transfer. This model does not only offer an invaluable opportunity for isolated and under-funded researchers to leverage the material and intangible assets offered by a closely-knit network of highly specialised teams, but it is also extremely effective in boosting the influence that small and mediumsized European research centres exert worldwide.
The Class Room Network forged by CIMNE has evolved over a period of 10 years and is an exemplary crossborder network of research initiatives and focused investments in support infrastructure and researcher networking. Typically located in universities, research centres, or businesses, their prime raison d’être is to bring together teams of engineers, scientists and mathematicians to work on theoretical and practical problems in computational engineering.

A. Gehring, Vice President, Philips Research, Head of MiPlaza
Infrastructures and Industry
MiPlaza enables high-tech organisations to realise their full innovation potential by providing leading edge research services in a networked environment. Located in the High Tech Campus Eindhoven, The Netherlands, MiPlaza operates in an Open Innovation environment, working with high-tech global companies, start-ups, research institutes and entrepreneurs. With its world-class industrial research facilities, services and expertise, MiPlaza forms one of the largest shared research service providers in the world in the fields of nano-technology, life sciences and electronic systems. In the presentation the way of working will be explained and the
challenges of going to market will be discussed.

Y. Petroff, ESFRI delegate
Better exploitation of knowledge generated: Infrastructures and innovation
It is clear that large research infrastructures play a very important interface role between science and industry. Nonetheless, it should be recalled that most of the time this is unpredictable. In essence, high energy physics is devoted to basic science. However, it has triggered many industrial developments, the most important of which is the web -and nobody could have predicted that!
But this is only one facet. Two others are very important:
• The transfer of knowledge from one field to another or to many others. Again, it is interesting to note that without High Energy Physics, synchrotron radiation centres, free electron lasers, accelerators for medicine, neutron spaliation sources etc would not exist today.
• The impact of international large infrastructures in developing countries.
I will present various examples and discuss them.

S. Schaller, Head of Business Development, Siemens Medical Solutions
Impacts to industry and society: Improving healthcare through innovation and process optimization - the role of research infrastructures (Jörg Freund)
At Siemens Medical Solutions, our vision is to help our partners provide high-quality, patient-centred healthcare along the entire continuum of care through best processes and with proven outcomes. We achieve that vision by developing solutions that increase the quality of care while at the same time reducing its cost. Increased quality means earlier prevention and detection of predispositions, earlier and more accurate diagnosis, more targeted and more efficient therapy, and high quality care. The decisive aspect is to improve workflow. To that end, two elements need to come together: technological innovation and optimized healthcare processes, involving the use of appropriate IT technologies. Research infrastructures will play an
increasingly important role in bringing together these different elements.