Investments in research and innovative capacity boost competitiveness and growth in Europe. Large-scale research infrastructures such as DESY and XFEL in Hamburg and Max LAB and ESS in Lund offer huge potential in testing state-of-the-art solutions. But how do we secure efficient and balanced access to these facilities? At the conference we will present the state of play, highlight new initiatives in Europe and discuss what structures are needed for better research-industry cooperation, by looking at how academia can support companies in their innovation processes.
One of the initiatives in the Baltic Sea Region – and organiser of the conference - is Baltic TRAM (Transnational Research Access in the Macroregion) - an international project that aims to enhance innovation capacity and strengthen cooperation between analytical research institutes and companies, by providing industry with new ways of access to expertise, research facilities and open science and innovation cloud concepts. The project is led by DESY, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron, in dialogue with fifteen project partners and five associated organisations from across the Baltic Sea Region.