INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE (FRANCE)

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INRA is the largest agricultural research Institute in Europe, with a total of 22 Research Centres and a permanent staff of 8,500. It has three major objectives: development of sustainable agriculture, food and the effect on human health, environment and land. INRA is contributing to infrastructure projects in the field of environment such as ICOS (steering committee). INRA has been a key contributor to a large range of past projects in the Environment and KBBE programs, such as CarboEurope-IP, NitroEurope-IP, BACCARA, ENDURE, SOLIBAM, etc... Due to its large domain of expertise, INRA is coordinating a dozen of on-going FP7 projects especially in the field of environment and especially on the ‘Sustainable production and management of biological resources from land, forest and aquatic environment’ (e.g. ECOFINDERS, ANIMALCHANGE).

PEOPLE INVOLVED

Dr. Abad Chabbi researcher at INRA is a plant ecologist and soil biogeochemist. He worked at the Louisiana State University, USA, the Faculty of Environmental Science in Cottbus, Germany and the INRA research council, France where he is leading the Observatories for Environmental Research in Agro-ecosystems, Biogeochemical Cycles and Biodiversity. His research interests cover: (i) the effect of plant on soil organic matter dynamics, and (ii) ecosystem responses to disturbance and biogeochemical cycles. Throughout his career, Dr. Chabbi has coordinated a number of pluridisciplinary projects including the ongoing PF7 ExpeER project, and has chaired and organized numerous international symposia and edited several special issues of leading international journals. Currently, Dr. Chabbi is an expert member of the Chinese Academy of Science, DFG German research foundation, Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food & Agriculture and Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).
Dr. André Chanzy is a senior researcher at INRA. A large part of his scientific projects were done on the modelling of water transfers in the atmosphere-plant-soil system, effects of biotic interactions on water cycles, and implementation of models by using remote sensing data in the microwave and the infrared spectrum. He is coordinator of the research pole «Adaptation to Global Changes» of the INRA PACA center and coordinator of the axis “continental and aquatic ecosystems” of the research federation named «ECCOREV». Thanks to his strong expertise in field experiment, databases and modelling, he was appointed to coordinate the INRA long term monitoring site networks. Since 2011, together with Jean Clobert, he has coordinated the ANAEE-Services project, which was submitted to the French national research agency to develop some of the French components of the ANAEE project.
Mr. Eric Aubry has been working for INRA as a legal advisor since 2007, in the department in charge of Higher Education, Regional and European Affairs. His main activity is dealing with the legal issues concerning the creation of new structures with or without legal personality. He is in charge of public partnerships with the French universities and French research organizations on the national level for the creation of joint laboratories or joint units, foundations, associations or any other kinds of public legal statuses. On the European level, he took part in the creation of the Association Climat KIC (a Knowledge Innovation Community), gave advice in the construction of FACCE JPI (joint programming Initiative) and is participating in the creation of ICOS ERIC.
Margaux Dillon recently joined INRA, as Communications and Lobbying Officer for AnaEE. Her role consists in managing and implementing the public relations and stakeholder engagement efforts of AnaEE’s members and ensuring the communications strategy reflects and ultimately meets the project's overarching goals. As such, she leads Work Package 8 (WP8 - Communication) and sits as INRA's deputy on the AnaEE Steering Committee (SC), participating in SC meetings and reporting on work done, risks and future plans. A certified sustainability practitioner, Margaux had previously worked for the Total energy major in a corporate responsibility capacity and coordinated corporate integrity and intercultural communications training programs in India and the United States. Committed to nurturing further synergies between the environmental research and industrial communities, she also actively supports historical monuments preservation in relations to natural risk resilience.
Dr. Chistian Pichot is a forest genetics researcher at INRA and specialist of ecological data management in a multi-disciplinary research group that studies and models the functional/evolutionary dynamics of forest ecosystems. His research activity focuses on i.) demographic and genetic processes in population dynamics, and ii.) sexual reproduction and pollinosis prevention. He discovered a phenomenon called the “paternal apomixis” in plants where an embryo naturally develops from the male gamete. In INRA, he is responsible for the development of metadata and data information system at regional (pollen exposure IS), national (INRA SOERE IS) and international scales. Dr. Pichot has a good experience of national and international collaborative networking.
Dr. Laurent Saint-André is a senior scientist at INRA. He is the head of the INRA unit ‘Biogeochemical Cycles in Forest Ecosystems’ (BEF) which occupies an original position at the interface between geosciences and agronomy. He is also in charge of the scientific coordination of the SOERE F-ORE-T (French national network of the long term experimental sites in forest ecosystems). His field of expertise is soil-plant interactions modelling. He has participated in 4 European projects related to Africa (WAFT, ULCOS, CARBOAFRICA, CLIMAFRICA) and was coordinator of one WP in CARBOAFRICA. He also participated in and coordinated numerous projects in France, mainly focused on biomass, nutrient cycling and tree growth modelling.
Dr. Michèle Tixier-Boichard is a Senior Scientist at INRA. Initially trained in animal genetics (PhD in 1984) she led the scientific department ‘Bioresources-Ecology-Agronomy’ of the Ministry for Higher Education and Research from 2006 to 2011. During this period, she supervised the preparation of the National Research Strategy for Life Sciences and for Natural Resources, contributed to set up the French roadmap of research infrastructures in these fields, and monitored the research component of the national strategy for biodiversity.

MAIN TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  INRA is leading the present ANAEE preparatory phase project, leading WP1 (Coordination) and WP8 (Communication) and is involved in all WPs.

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BIOTECHNOLOGY AND BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (UK)

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The BBSRC is one of seven Research Councils that work together as Research Councils UK (RCUK). BBSRC is funded from the Government's Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the budget for the financial year 2010/ 2011 is £470M. It supports a total of around 1600 scientists and 2000 research students in universities and institutes in the UK. BBSRC’s mission is to promote and support high-quality basic, strategic and applied research and postgraduate training relating to the understanding and exploitation of biological systems. To advance knowledge and technology and provide trained scientists and engineers, which meet the needs of users and beneficiaries, thereby contributing to the economic competitiveness of the United Kingdom and the quality of life. BBSRC provides competitive research funding to universities and academic institutions in the UK, but also supports a number of specialist research institutes and centres. The institutes conduct long-term, mission-oriented research using specialist facilities and have strong interactions with industry, Government departments and other end-users of their research. The institutes provide a strategic research capacity in plant and microbial sciences (the John Innes Centre), sustainable agriculture and land use (Rothamsted Research and IBERS), animal health and welfare, and biomedical and food sciences. The specialist centres include the BBSRC Sustainable Bioenergy Centre (BSBEC), The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC), and a number of systems biology and structural biology centres that are based in universities.

A SUPPORT FOR AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS: BBSRC is the principal funder of plant science research in the UK, supported through: Strategic programme grants to institutes; Responsive-mode grants to universities and institutes; Directed initiatives e.g. joint calls with UK, European and international funders. Three of BBSRC’s strategic priorities are research underpinning Food Security, Soil science and agri-systems approaches, and Bioenergy. BBSRC leads the UK Global Food Security Programme, bringing together the UK’s main public funders of food-related research and training.
BBSRC participates actively in the UK multi-partner programme ‘Living with Environmental Change’, aiming at ensuring that decision makers in government, business and society have the knowledge, foresight and tools to mitigate, adapt to and benefit from environmental change. BBSRC co-leads the Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change with INRA.

PEOPLE INVOLVED

Dr. Alfred Game is Deputy Director of Research, Innovation and Skills. He is responsible for overall science strategy and delivery, and represents UK at the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). Alf obtained his PhD in plant sciences and has extensive experience of funding large and complex programmes and facilities, and in international relations in science. Alf leads the Funding Strategy for the European Infrastructure ELIXIR. Alf was director of UK Research Office in Brussels 1990-94.
Dr. Gabriela Pastori is Senior EU Programme Manager. Gabriela has a PhD in biological sciences, and obtained her Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches at the University of Paris XI in 2003. After working several years as a researcher, Gabriela moved to BBSRC’s Head Office as Programme Manager for Engineering and Biological Systems, and then into European Affairs becoming responsible for European initiatives and activities, with emphasis on ERA-NETs, JPIs and Research Infrastructures. Gabriela represents UK at the ESFRI Strategic Working Group on Health and Food.
Ms. Sonny Rathod is a Senior Programme Manager at BBSRC.

MAIN TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: BBSRC are the leading WP6 – Legal and Governance and will have significant involvement in all tasks, working with WP6 partners, notably with WP7 leader, to establish a viable long term sustainable funding and legal solution for ANAEE. As WP6 leader, BBSRC will also represent WP6 as a member of the Steering Committee, and in WP2 and WP8.

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NORWEGIAN INSTITUTE OF BIOECONOMIC RESEARCH - NIBIO (NORWAY)

 

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Bioforsk Soil and Environment carries out research and commissioned services in the fields of soil quality and soil resources, drainage from agricultural areas, water quality and the administration of water resources, land use, nature-based purification solutions, biological waste processing, and nature and the environment in the Barents Region. The NIBIO has central role in terrestrial ecosystem research and experiments in Norway, as exemplified by the iLTER research station of Apelsvoll, the coordination of a European research network on molecular C cycling (ESF MOLTER), and heavy involvements in the terrestrial component of ICOS and a proposal for cold climate Ecotron in Norway (Bioklima project).

PEOPLE INVOLVED

Daniel Rasse is leading the Carbon Group at the Soil and Environmental Division of Bioforsk. Dr Rasse is the Chair of a research networking programme of the European Science Foundation: MOLTER. MOLecular structures as drivers and tracers of TERrestrial C fluxes. Dr Rasse has been the Norwegian National Contact for the ESFRI ICOS, and remains heavily involved the deployment of a terrestrial component for ICOS in Norway. Daniel Rasse is part of both the ExpeER I3 project and the Bioklima proposal to build an advanced cold-climate Ecotron in Norway.
Helen K. French’s main area of research is water and solute transport in heterogeneous subsurface. She has experience with design of detailed field experimental sites and the use of geophysical techniques. She is the coo0rdinator of the EU project SoilCAM: Soil Contamination: Advanced integrated characterization and time-lapse Monitoring. She is also a work package leader and member of the executive committee of the ExpeER project. Helen co-coordinates the Bioklima facility proposal for cold climate ecosystem studies.
Audun Korsaeth works as a researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research, Bioforsk Arable Crops Division. He is in charge of the long-term cropping system experiment at Apelsvoll (iLTER status), and is a specialist on carbon and nitrogen cycling in agroecosystems, modelling, cropping system analyses, plant nutrition, sustainable agriculture and the use of remote sensing in precision agriculture.
Christopher Brodersen is the administrative director of the Soil and Environmental Division of Bioforsk. He has represented Bioforsk for the administrative management of ICOS, and is a steeringcommittee member of the Bioklima proposal to build an advanced cold-climate Ecotron in Norway.

MAIN TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The NIBIO's main responsibility will be in WP3 about technical development plans and developing a roadmap for the distributed infrastructure. First, the NIBIO will be responsible for task Task 3.3 - Future analysing capabilities. Within this task, the NIBIO will organise one workshop on new advanced computation tools for environmental data. Bioforsk will also be in charge of evaluation of data/model organization to the technical roadmap. In addition, it will contribute its expertise on evaluating ecotrons to tasks such as “Analysing and defining ecotrons provisions and technical demands (incl. aquatic mesocosms). The Institute will have a limited but important role in WP4 to provide the link between model/data and data analyses need (WP 3) and data management activities (WP4). It will have a limited but important role in WP2 for implementing the AnaEE vision.

CONTACT: Daniel Rasse

 

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (FRANCE)

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The National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) is a government-funded research organization. As the largest fundamental research organization in Europe, CNRS carried out research in all fields of knowledge, through ten institutes. The Institute of Ecology and Environment (INEE) administers 80 research units with a total of 4900 persons. In addition INEE contributes to the funding of 133 other research units with which pluridisciplinary research is contacted. Its research activities cover five themes: biodiversity and functional ecology, analysis and management of ecosystem services, ecological systems feedbacks on climate, adaptation and evolution in changing environments, man impact on environment and biota. INEE develops and support large research infrastructures such as Ecotrons, Experimental Platforms, Observatories and Databases.

PEOPLE INVOLVED

Jacques Roy is director of the European Montpellier Ecotron (UPS CNRS 3248). The main research interests of Jacques Roy are plant and ecosystem physiology in relation to global change, with particular focus on the impact of elevated CO2 and temperature on terrestrial ecosystems and on the role of biodiversity on ecosystem processes. Dr. Roy has been involved in the development of a range of experimental infrastructures through various national and European grants. Together with INRA colleagues, Jacques Roy initiated the ESFRI ANAEE (Analysis and Experimentation on Ecosystems) program now in the preparatory phase and also played a role in setting-up the ExpeER I3 FP7 program.
Jean Clobert is director of Station d’Ecologie Expérimentale du CNRS (Moulis,USR 2936). Jean Clobert scientific fields are evolutionary ecology and population dynamics with a specific interest in the mechanisms and consequences of dispersal. Jean Clobert has played a major role in the development of ecology and life sciences infrastructures, heading the laboratory “Fonctionnement et evolution des systems écologiques” in Paris and setting up the experimental station CEREEP Ecotron Ile De France and now coordinating the CNRS network of French experimental ecology
field station. Jean Clobert is the Assistant director of FR3450 “Agro-biosciences, interactions et biodiversité”.
Jean-François Le Galliard is the director of the CNRS-Ecole Normale Supérieure experimental station CEREEP-Ecotron Ile De France. His expertise is in experimental ecology, evolutionary ecology and ecological modeling. J-F Le Galliard has placed inter-disciplinarity at the heart of the
CEREEP-Ecotron Ile De France project, establishing new collaborations with molecular biologists, plant/animal biologists and oceanographers from the CNRS, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, and Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris. Besides developing the Ecotron Ile de France, J.-F. Le Galliard operates the Equipex PLANAQUA devoted to aquatic experimentation at various scales.
Yvan Lagadeuc is a researcher from the University of Rennes 1. His research topics cover functional ecology, plankton ecology, physical-biological processes coupling, freshwater and marine ecosystems. His interests are mainly the role of physical processes on matter fluxes and biodiversity. He is director of the school on biology, agronomy and ecology of University of Rennes. Y. Lagadeuc is also deputy scientific director of the CNRS Institute for Ecology and environment) where he heads thenetwork of Zone Atelier (French LTER sites) and coordinates the large infrastructures (Ecotrons and Experimental Stations in Ecology).

MAIN TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: CNRS leads the workpackage ‘Implementing AnaEE vision’ and contributes to all workpackages, especially WP 3 (technical development plan) and in the training component of WP7 (resources).

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TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF DENMARK (DTU) & UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN (UCPH) (DENMARK)

 

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The Technical University of Denmark has research groups dedicated to wind energy, solar panels, bio-energy, energy systems, systems analyses and environmental impact studies. DTU Environment focuses on research on the use of biomass for energy and bio-refineries, as well as environmental impacts studies and carbon sequestration related to climate change and air pollution. DTU Environment has a staff of 70 scientists and technicians and extensive experimental experience in terrestrial ecosystems (including biogeochemical modelling). DTU is currently collaborating with the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management on research and development, education and supplementary training, public-sector services, innovation, monitoring, consultancy and dissemination as well as international development and environmental assistance. The partners focus noticeably on developing knowledge and understanding on sustainable management of forests and nature including ecosystem responses to climate change, bio-based technologies and plant biology and evolution. The people involved in AnaEE and their research groups have coordinated numerous national and international ecosystem research projects. This includes EU projects CLIMOOR, VULCAN, ExpeER, CarboExtreme, CarboEurope and NitroEurope, with particular focus on air pollution and climate change impacts in terrestrial ecosystems.

PEOPLE INVOLVED

Claus Beier, PhD, Head of Dept. of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management (UCPH), Professor. His interest lies in experimental manipulations and biogeochemical cycling and modelling. He coordinates the ESF Research Network ClimMani, worked on CLIMOOR and VULCAN and acted as Component Leader for NitroEurope and EU infrastructure ExpeER. PI in EU project Eclaire.
Klaus Steenberg Larsen, PhD, Associate Professor, Forest, Nature and Biomass section of the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management. With extensive experience in climate manipulation studies, Klaus focuses on ecosystem greenhouse gas exchange and modelling. An active contributor of the NitroEurope data management team and co-PI on EU infrastructure INCREASE, he is also a component leader of the EXPEER EU infrastructure.
Andreas Ibrom, PhD, Senior scientist. Biometeorology, carbon sequestration and canopy photosynthesis modelling. Large data sets. PI in EU projects CarboEurope, ICOS, CarboExtreme and GHG Europe.
Teis Mikkelsen, PhD, Senior scientist. Biologist, Ecophysiology and plant stress. Design and maintenance of field scale ecosystem experiments in the field and in controlled environments. PI in EU projects INCREASE and CarboEurope. PI in CLIMAITE.

MAIN TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: DTU contributes to workpackages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 8, with task leading roles in WP2 (task 2.2 - Tools And Integration of AnaEE Components And Services), WP4 (task 4.5 - Models and Simulation Data Sharing) and WP5 (task 5.2 - Foresight).

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ISTANBUL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY (TURKEY)

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Eurasia Institute of Earth Sciences (EIES) is a graduate school of the Istanbul Technical University. Established in 1996, it strives to implement, both in educational and research, the interdisciplinary approach of earth system sciences. It is the primary actor in climate research in the country. As a consequence of its mission, the Institute is committed to promote and develop ecosystem sciences in Turkey, in conjunction with climate research and high performance informatics.

PEOPLE INVOLVED

H. Nüzhet Dalfes (PhD, 1984, Rice University; Professor and Dean of EIES, Deputy Director, NHPC), is involved in climate and ecosystem research and applied informatics for over 25 years. In recent years, his research group was responsible for regional climate modeling in Turkey. He was instrumental in the development of the National High Performance Center (a member of PRACE (ESFRI) initiatives). He is also involved EU FP7 ESFRI project DARECLIMED.
Ömer L. Sen (PhD, 2000, U. of Arizona; Professor at EIES’s Climate and Marine Sciences Dept.) with backgrounds in meteorology, water resources and land surface observations and modeling, his is the co-leader of regional climate research at ITU/EIES. His research involves interactions between hydrology and land surface processes at all spatial scales.
Ufuk U. Turunçoglu (PhD, 2010, ITU; Research associate at ITU/Informatics Institute) with background in computational science applied to climate system modeling, his work involved novel informatics approaches to workflow management and model coupling standards.

MAIN TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
WP5/Task WP5.1: Decisions concerning scope and diversity of the in silico components of AnaEE; defining modeling tools and services; relations with climate modeling communities.
WP6/Task WP6.3: Metadata standards for models, simulations, modeling and/or data mining activities Workflow integration schemes for modeling and/or large scale data analyses.
WP7/Task WP7.7: Database (and GIS) services and compute resources for the in silico components of AnaEE (through National High Performance Computing Center (of Turkey).
WP8 (all tasks): Promote experimental and modeling approaches in ecology communities of Turkey ; Set up regional educational programs.

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FONDAZIONE EDMUND MACH (ITALY)

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FEM FoxLab is a new scientific initiative Center for Research and Innovation of E. Mach Foundation (CRI-FEM) also in collaboration with the National Research Council of Italy (CNR). It builds on a strategic convergence of several expertises dealing with biometeorology, ecosystem science, forest genetics, tree pathology, soil ecology and wood science and operates via a number of externally funded projects augmented by seed funding and core funding primarily from FEM. The long-term mission of FoxLab is to integrate knowledge, infrastructures and staff expertise to pave the way for at the creation of a major forest and wood science organization with national and international perspectives. At present, FoxLab contributes to the TREES4FUTURE infrastructural initiative (7th FP - Infrastructure Programme) where it is responsible for the management and implementation of the Trans-National access of researchers to forest and wood science distributed sites, throughout Europe. There is currently core group of scientists assigned to FoxLab, and FoxLab is currently engaged in the launch of global initiatives that may receive the support of the GCP (Global Carbon Project) for the creation of a global network on soil carbon, involving standardization of analytical methods and harmonization of national inventories and databases. FEM is a public research organization established by the government of the Autonomous Province of Trento which continues and improves the activities of the former Istituto Agrario di S. Michele all’Adige (IASMA) dating to 1874. IASMA and the Center for Alpine Ecology were recently combined (January 2009) to form the Research and Innovation Centre (CRI-FEM) that now operates under a new organizational structure built upon four institutional Departments (two in the area of the environment) and FoxLab. The Sustainable Agro-Ecosystems & Bioresources Department integrates multidisciplinary approaches to address the challenge of sustainable development of agro-ecosystems. Use of bioresources to reduce human impacts, carbon balance, management of water resources and terrestrial agro-ecosystems are the key topics of research. The Biodiversity and Molecular Ecology (BME) is operating to understand and slow biodiversity and habitat losses, the introduction and spread of exotic invasive species.

PEOPLE INVOLVED

Franco Miglietta is a senior researcher. Graduated at the University of Florence, PhD in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He has been coordinator of several research projects at the national and international level. He developed FACE technologies that are used worldwide. He served in the advisory board of several international journals (Climate Research, Global Change Biology, Ecology letters, Journal of Mediterranean Ecology). He's the author in more than 100 papers in international refereed ISI journal, H-index: 32
Francesco Della Porta,PhD in Economic History, Universita’nStatale di Milano, BA and MA in Economics, University of Cambridge, UK, Master in Industrial Management (MS), Stanford University, California (Sloan program, Grant by SAES). Currently Grants Office and Technology Transfer Manager at CRI-FEM. Experience in grant management and legal, contractual, financing and licensing matters. He also dealt with Intellectual Property management, after spending 22 years in California working on technology public companies and startups.
Arturo Pironti Ph.D. in General Theories on Law from the University of Foggia, postdoc fellow in Comparative private law at the University of Foggia. Interests on contract law, trust law, law of noprofit organizations, intellectual property law and technology transfer contracts, company law. Visiting at the Squire Law Library of Cambridge (UK) and at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law. He is author of several papers and co-author of books about Comparative private law and European private law. Currently in-house Legal Counsel, being responsible for quality and timely execution of all legal transactions with specific emphasis on technology transfers contracts, consortium agreements, co-operative research agreements, Ph.D. agreements.

MAIN TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: WP5 Coordinator (FdP), contributing to WP1 (RP), WP2 (FdP), WP3 and 5 (FM).

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UTSAV VYZKUMU GLOBALNI ZMENY AV CR, V.V.I - UVGZ (CZECH REPUBLIC)

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UVGZ is a leading research institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, which investigates the manifestations and impacts of the Global Climate Change through the most modern scientific methods and techniques. The fundamental subject of study is the triad: atmosphere – ecosystems – socio-economic systems. Attention is focused on studies of plant physiological responses to environmental drivers, including metabolomic studies, in the wide spatio-temporal scale. UVGZ, particularly its Division of Impact Studies and Physiological Analyses, provides wide range of laboratory and field based manipulative experiments on elevated CO2 concentration, enhanced UV radiation, drought, and nutrients and their mutual combinations. Under the impact studies the acclimation is studied in dominant tree species, ecologically important grass species as well as important agriculture crop species. The above mentioned infrastructure is supported by the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MŠMT) within the programme Projects of major infrastructures for research, development and innovation (2010-2015; LM2010007 - National Infrastructure of Carbon Observation System). Currently, new facilities for multi-factorial field experiments are under the construction supported by EU Structural Funds (CZ.1.05/1.1.00/02.0073).

PEOPLE INVOLVED

Prof. Dr. Michal V. Marek is director of CVGZ and professor of “Forest Ecology”. His scientific interests are: forestry, ecophysiology of photosynthesis, biophysical plant physiology, global change etc. Currently, he is the member of the International Coordination Committee of the EC project ICOS (ESFRI infrastructure), deputy of the Czech Republic in scientific committee of COST platform „Earth and Environmental Sciences“, MC COST Action 639, and the BMWG ESFRI program.
Dr. Otmar Urban is plant eco-physiologist. His scientific interests are: biophysical plant physiology; impact of radiation regime (spectral composition, geometry, fluctuations); impacts of elevated CO2; biochemical/mathematical models in photosynthesis; stress/ ecological physiology. Since 2011, he is a member of Management Committee COST Action FA0906.
Dr. Karel Klem is an expert on crop ecophysiology. He has wide experiences with manipulative experiments (CO2, UV, droughts, nutrients etc.) His scientific interests are: plant ecophysiology, chlorophyll fluorescence emission, leaf and canopy spectral reflectance, asymmetric competition, growth allometry, canopy structure and morphology. He is a member of the European Weed  Research Society.

MAIN TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
WP2/Tasks 2.1, 2.2 (MVM): Identifying the range of services that AnaEE can bring to potential users at national/regional levels; integration of national research programs and services provided by AnaEE.
WP3/Tasks 3.1, 3.2 (OU), Task 3.3 (KK): Analysing experiences from current manipulative experiments; identification of potential gaps in the provision of services at national level; preparation of a Technical Development Plan for the construction, development and implementation of experimental facilities.
WP8/Tasks 8.1–8.5 (MVM, OU, KK): Promote experimental facilities in the scientific and educational communities as well as general public at national/regional level.

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UNIVERSITY OF ANTWERP (BELGIUM)

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The department of Biology of the University of Antwerp hosts a wide range of research groups covering most fields in biology, among which the two groups of the people involved listed below: Plant and Vegetation Ecology (PLECO, Ivan Nijs and Reinhart Ceulemans) and Ecosystem Management (ECOBE, Patrick Meire). Both groups are large (approx. 40 people). PLECO is the core group of one of the five centres of excellence of the university. The University of Antwerp is committed to the preparatory phase as the aforementioned groups have the necessary expertise, critical mass and innovative research plans for new infrastructures that fit within the AnaEE concept. National support: in 2011, the Flemish science policy administration has performed a selection among the projects on the ESFRI roadmap, to identify those projects where Flanders has sufficient capacity to take part in the construction and exploitation, and where there is sufficient interest among universities and research institutes to build a consortium. AnaEE is among the selected projects, demonstrating the significant interest of Flemish science policy. In 2012, a consortium of the University of Antwerp and Hasselt University proposed a construction and exploitation plan, which has been selected and proposed to the Flemish government as national contribution to AnaEE. A final decision on funding is expected in 2014.

PEOPLE INVOLVED

Prof. Ivan Nijs: terrestrial plant ecologist with expertise in developing techniques for studying ecosystem responses to future environments (inter alia infrared heating systems to simulate climate warming in the field). Work package leader of WP8 on technological innovation of existing infrastructures in the FP7 project ExpeER (Distributed infrastructure for experimentation in ecosystem research, 2012-2014).
Prof. Reinhart Ceulemans: terresterial plant ecologist with expertise in responses of plants and ecosystems to changing environmental conditions, including process based simulation models. Current holder of an ERC Advanced Grant on a 18 ha bio-energy plantation of fast-growing trees. Belgian Focal Point for ESFRI-ICOS. PI of large-scale Hercules infrastructure ’ICOS Flanders’. Co-PI on a large-scale infrastructure proposal (Hercules) ‘Ecotron’ for an integrated research facility for ecosystem studies.
Prof. Patrick Meire: ecologist with key expertise regarding ecosystem services provided by aquatic ecosystems, wetland and aquatic biogeochemistry and integrated watershed management. Coordinator of scientific studies in a newly built in-situ controlled freshwater tidal wetlands site (10 ha) and small mesocosm copies on campus. Involved in the Mesodrone project (Hercules), an integrated research facility for aquatic ecosystem functioning.
Ms. Thi Minh Tu Nguyen is a Project Manager with the PLECO research group of the University of Antwerp's Department of Biology.

MAIN TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: R. Ceulemans will contribute to WP2 on Implementing the vision. I. Nijs and P. Meire will contribute to WP3 on Developing a TDP for the distributed infrastructure. They will organize a technical workshop “Analysing key factors and demands related to areas of response and processes” and a workshop with stakeholders “Absorbing new ideas – combining flexibility and harmonization”. I. Nijs will also be involved in WP8 (Communication).

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UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI (FINLAND)

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The University of Helsinki is the largest and most versatile university in Finland. The university has around 36 000 students and 8100 employees. UHEL is a research university of LERU with many Academy of Finland designated National Centres of Excellences and Nordic Centres of Excellences nominated by NordForsk. Department of Forest Sciences group, headed by Dr. Jaana Bäck, is among the top research groups in the field of biogeochemical cycles and ecophysiology in forests. The group is a member of Finnish Centre of Excellence (FCoE) on Climate Change and Atmospheric Composition (in total over 150 researchers) and a Nordic Centre of Excellence (NCoE) on cryosphere-atmosphere-biosphere interactions. The group concentrates on long-term research in highly instrumented field sites (three SMEAR –stations; SMEAR = Station Measuring Ecosystem – Atmosphere Relations), and on developing novel in natura and in vivo methods for analysing key ecophysiological parameters in boreal forested ecosystems (incl. peatland and lake ecosystems). The National Survey of Research Infrastructures in Finland in 2008 placed the SMEAR sites on the list of nationally important research infrastructures and on the priority list of Finnish RI roadmap. SMEAR stations are part of several ESFRI RIs (ICOS, LifeWatch, ANAEE) and host many I3 activities (e.g. ACTRIS and ExpeER). UHEL is also in charge of preparing ICOS ERIC, which statutory seat will be in Helsinki, next to the Dept. Forest Sciences and Dept. of Physics at Univ. of Helsinki.

PEOPLE INVOLVED

Dr. Jaana Bäck is an ecophysiologist and leader of the forest ecology and ecophysiology research at the SMEAR stations. SMEAR II is part of the ICOS ESFRI and a core station of the LTER area, running intensive boreal ecosystem monitoring. She has worked for 25 years on experimental and field studies on forest responses to climate change. Her research concerns e.g. photosynthesis, stress responses and emissions of volatile organic compounds from boreal ecosystems. She has worked in the Finnish Academy Center of Excellence as a research coordinator since 2007.
Dr. Sanna Sorvari, Research Manager, has over 15 years experience in climate change research. She is experienced in coordinating, initiating and planning of international and national research activities in environmental science, recently in environmental Research Infrastructures, e.g ICOS (member of ICOS Finland and ICOS Sweden Boards, Chair of the ICOS working group on statutes and legal issues). She is also task leader of ESFRI Environment Stakeholder Board in ENVRI einfrastructure project, member of ACTRIS I3 project, and JPI CLIMATE co-chair of Working Group on Moving Towards Reliable Climate Predictions.
Prof. Eero Nikinmaa, Professor of Forest–Atmosphere Interactions at the Department of Forest Sciences, he is an expert on tree ecophysiology, long distance transport in trees and tree growth processes and an author of several process-based tree and stand models. He has long history of field work in urban and forest conditions in boreal and tropical conditions and he has been developing new experimental methods for studying long distance transport in trees. Nikinmaa is also a specialist of forest management and land use planning and has participated in a number of applied projects in Central America.
Dr. Susanna Siitonen is a Project Manager at the University of Helsinki, working under Dr. Jaana Bäck.

MAIN TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: UHEL is leading the WP7 (Financial and human resource planning) and involved in WP6 (Legal and governance models), WP5 (Innovation), and WP2 (Implementing the AnaEE vision). In these UHEL will contribute especially to the development of AnaEE governance structure and to the interactions with other ESFRIs (Sanna Sorvari).

CONTACT: Jaana Bäck

 

UMEA UNIVERSITY (SWEDEN)

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Umeå University is one of the 6 major universities in Sweden with around 37,000 students with international very strong research environments within a diverse area of research areas. Two thirds of the research budget of the university comes from competitive external grants. One of the selected strong research areas at the university, Ecosystem change, deals with the effects of climate change on the ecosystem dynamics. Umeå University has been selected by the Swedish Research Council, who is responsible for all activities related to infrastructures in Sweden, to together with Lund University coordinate the Swedish researchers in the EU FP7 call for preparatory phase funding of AnaEE. All major universities in Sweden (Gothenburg University, Lund University, Stockholm University, Swedish University for Agricultural Sciences, Umeå University, Uppsala University, Örebro University) are actively involved in the development of infrastructures in Sweden connected to the AnaEE initiative. The main coordination from Umeå University takes place from the Department for Ecology and Environmental Sciences. Activities within the Swedish net work for experimental facilities for ecological research include selection of appropriate large scale field experimental facilities, and developing principles for access to these national/international facilities based on scientific excellence.

PEOPLE INVOLVED

Sebastian Diehl (professor, PhD 1994) is a community ecologist focusing on planktonic communities. His research involves both theoretical modeling and experimental mesocosm experiments. He has among other things been involved in a multi institutional research project AQUASHIFT supported by the German Research Council studying the effects of climate change on lake ecosystems.
Jan Karlsson (professor, PhD 2001) is an aquatic biogeochemist with large experience in studies of carbon cycling in boreal and subarctic regions including comparative studies across climate gradients and large scale experimental studies. He is associate head of CIRC (Climate Impacts Research Centre) and co-founder of IFBAR (International Federation of Boreal Aquatic Research) and currently manages projects focusing on greenhouse gas emissions from lakes and streams and effects of terrestrial matter on lake productivity.

MAIN TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: UmU is involved inWP2 (Contributor: Task 2.1 – The vision for AnaEE services, Contributor: Task 2.2 –Tools and integration of ANAEE components and services), WP3 (Contributor: Task 3.1 - Looking to the past – mapping experience, Task 3.2 – Looking into the future . defining experimental platforms, Task 3.3. – Future analysing capabilities. Task 3.4 – AnaEE Technical Development Plan, WP7 (Contributor: Task 7.1 - AnaEE Global cost estimates), WP4 (Contributor Task 4.3 - Data and Infrastructure Access Policy) and WP8 (Contributor: Task 8.2 – Stakeholder relations and lobbying, Task 8.4 - Education and training programme).

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ROTHAMSTED RESEARCH (UK)

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Rothamsted Research (RRes) is the largest agricultural research centre in the United Kingdom and almost certainly the oldest agricultural research station in the world. Over its 160 year history, RRes has built an international reputation as a centre of excellence for science in support of sustainable land management and its environmental impact. RRes is home to 8 long-term field experiments that were started between 1843 and 1856 and are the oldest continuous agronomic and agro-ecological experiments in the world. The Rothamsted Sample Archive comprises 300,000 samples of the crops, soils, fertilisers and manures that were used in these experiments and the Electronic Rothamsted Archive (e-RA) database is used to manage the data from these experiments. The RRes Farm Platform at its North Wyke site is a new National Capability currently under construction which provides three farmlets each consisting of five hydrologically isolated fields. The RRes experimental sites provide data and samples that inform the development of models of carbon and nutrient dynamics, greenhouse gas emissions, the impacts of agriculture on climate change (and vice versa) as well as the ecological impact of farming practises. The integration of experimental platforms, data management, analysis and modelling activities at Rothamsted are closely aligned with the objectives of AnaEE and will be a valuable contribution to the preparatory phase. RRes receives core funding from the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) which is the lead Research Council supporting the AnaEE proposal.

PEOPLE INVOLVED

Professor Chris Rawlings has over 25 years of experience in bioinformatics and scientific computing. He is an experienced bioinformatics scientist and manager, having extensive experience in the development, deployment and application of in-silico methods for analysis of genetics and genomics data for identification and characterization of genes and proteins relevant to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. He currently leads the Biomathematics and Bioinformatics Department at Rothamsted comprising over 40 staff and students engaged in a broad range of research projects in bioinformatics, mathematical modelling and statistics.
Dr Phil Murray has over 25 years experience in designing and running field experiments. He has expertise in soil biology, grassland agronomy and plant/soil interactions. He is currently Associate Head of the Sustainable Soils and Grassland Systems Department of Rothamsted Research and Deputy Manager of the Cross Institute Programme for Sustainable Soil Function and he is based at North Wyke. He is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society. He has published over 60 papers on a wide range of subjects relating to grassland science. He has contributed fundamental work that has made much progress in the understanding of the biology of root feeding insects and their functional role.
Dr Andy Macdonald is responsibility for the scientific management of the Classical and other longterm field experiments at Rothamsted Research and is the principal contact for collaborators requiring fresh and archived plant and soil samples and data. He is a collaborator on the ExpeER project (Grant agreement no: 262060) and has extensive experience in field and laboratory based research in soil science and agronomy. His specific areas of research interest include: the long-term effects of fertilizers, manures and crop rotations on soil fertility and functions; the role of dissolved organic matter in soil nutrient dynamics; leaching of nitrate, dissolved organic N and cations from arable land.
Dr. Jane Hawkins is a Research Scientist at SSGS North Wyke and has over 25 years experience in environmental research. Her studies have focussed on nutrient cycling in grassland soils and natural waters, with particular emphasis on losses of inorganic and organic forms of nitrogen and phosphorus, organic carbon, and their impact on the receiving environment. This research also includes the high temporal resolution measurement and modelling of biogeochemical data across a range of scales. More recently her expertise includes mitigation options for the control of a range of diffuse agricultural pollutants using landscape structures such as buffer strips, managed ponds, ditches and permeable reactive barrier technologies.

MAIN TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: CR leads WP4 and will spend approximately 10% of his time on this WP i.e. a total of 4 months over the duration of the project. PM and AM will contribute their experience in the management of long term experimental agro-ecosystem platforms to WP2CR will also contribute to WP2.

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NORWEGIAN INSTITUTE FOR WATER RESEARCH (NORWAY)

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NIVA is a major environmental research institute committed to research, monitoring, assessment and studies on freshwater, coastal and marine environments in addition to environmental technology. NIVA is the only institute in Norway covering all aquatic ecosystems; rivers and lakes, coastal waters, the open ocean in addition to urban areas. NIVA combines research, monitoring, assessments, remediation and consulting, all with an interdisciplinary approach. NIVA's expertise is characterized by a broad basic expertise and expert knowledge within aquatic key areas and supported by a strong research infrastructure with laboratories and large-scale research facilities. NIVA has long and strong experience in conducting research combining monitoring, experimentation and modelling.

NIVA assists government, industry and other decision-makers with research-based knowledge and innovative solutions in order to assess risks and choose the most effective actions. NIVA’s research contributes to sustainable solutions related to population growth, demand for energy, food and water resources, climate change, loss of biodiversity and increased emissions of environmental pollutants.

PEOPLE INVOLVED

Dr. Claus Beier has been employed as Research Director at NIVA, Center for Catchment and Urban Water Research, since August 2013. He has a PhD in atmospheric deposition of S and N compounds from the Technical University in Denmark. CBs research has focused on effects of air pollution and global change on ecosystem functioning and biogeochemical cycling, in particular involving ecosystem manipulation and modelling as a research tool in terrestrial ecosystems. CB has led the Danish center of excellence, CLIMAITE, which is world leading in conducting realistic field scale climate change experiments. He has coordinated and chaired numerous national, EU and international research projects and networks. He has been head of the Centre for Ecosystems and Environmental Sustainability at DTU in Denmark. CB is currently vice chair of the excellence center in Denmark, CLIMAITE; coordinating a workpackage within the preparatory ESFRI project AnaEE preparing an EU infrastructure for experiments, analyses and modelling and he is chair of the COST action CLIMMANI focusing on climate change experiments.

MAIN TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: NIVA will lead work on technical development within AnaEE.

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BEN GURION UNIVERSITY OF THE NEGEV (ISRAEL)

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The Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research are the environmental institutes of Ben Gurion University of the Negev (BGU). They are a blend of 90 scientists, 60 technical and administrative staff members, and over 150 Israeli and foreign research students have the capacity to perform basic and applied research related to “Dryland ecosystem Sciences". Activities cover basic and applied research in the following fields: Environmental physics (desert meteorology, remote sensing and solar energy), Water sciences and technology (water resource management, wastewater treatment and bioremediation); Ecosystem ecology (community ecology, conservation biology and environmental management); Plant and animal physiology in agro ecosystems, rangelands and aquaculture; Cellular and molecular biology with application to biotechnologies and environmental pollutions; Social sciences and architecture including regional planning and human ecology in drylands.

PEOPLE INVOLVED

Prof. Moshe Shachak, researcher in Mitrani Department of Desert Ecology, Blaustein Institute for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, is Desert Ecologist. Main interests: watershed ecology, system ecology patch theory, organisms as ecosystem engineers, ecosystem
management and ecohydrology.
Shayli Dor-Haim, also working in BGU, is the coordinator of Israel’s LTER network and an expert in science education.

MAIN TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: BGU will be involved in the following tasks and will contribute to relevant working documents, workshops and meetings: Task 2.4: Drawing up the AnaEE Strategic Plan and Integrated Roadmap, Task 3.3: Future analysing capacities, Task 6.3: Long-term governance strategy, Task 8.5: Higher education.

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UNIVERSITY OF TARTU (ESTONIA)

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 The Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences is the main environmental research center in the University of Tartu. They are a blend of 150 scientists, 80 technical and administrative staff members, and over 200 PhD and MSc research students. Institute has capacity to perform basic and applied research related to different environmental problems. The institute has four departments: Botany, Zoology, Geography, and Geology, and Teachers training center. Activities cover basic and applied research in the following fields: Ecosystem ecology (plant and animal ecology, biodiversity studies, conservation biology and environmental management); Plant and animal physiology, systematic botany, mycology, and zoology; Climatology (meteorology, remote sensing, palaeoclimatology); Landscape ecology (GHG balance in wetlands and agricultural landscapes, mitigation scenarios); Environmental technology (wastewater treatment systems, recycling of mining wastes, different pollution problems, bioremediation); Regional planning and human geography; Applied geology (geotechnology and engineering geology, groundwater geology etc.).

PEOPLE INVOLVED

Dr. Leho Ainsaar: Geologist. Main interests: sedimentology, geochemistry of marine sediments, palaeoclimatology. Currently acting as director of the Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences.
Vallo Mulk: Coordinator and project leader at the University of Tartu: Estonian R&D infrastructure roadmap projects (consortia) Estonian Environmental Observatory, and NATARC (Natural history archives and information network).

MAIN TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: UTARTU will be asked to give its opinion, ideas and proposals, and attend relevant workshops and meetings where possible, for the following tasks: Task 2.4: Drawing up the AnaEE Strategic Plan and Integrated Roadmap, Task 3.3: Future analysing capacities, Task 6.3: Long-term governance strategy, Task 8.5: Higher education.

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CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS (SPAIN)

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CSIC is Spain’s largest public research institution and the third largest in Europe. Its main objective is to develop and promote research that will help bring about scientific and technological progress. CSIC encompasses an area that takes in everything from basic research to transferring knowledge to the productive sector. CSIC research is driven by its 120 centres and institutes with more than 15,000 permanent staff, of whom upwards of 3,000 are researchers and as many doctors and scientists in training. CSIC gathers 6% of Spain’s staff dedicated to Research and Development and generates approximately 20% of all scientific production in the country. It also manages a range of major facilities, including the most extensive network of specialized libraries, as well as joint research units.

PEOPLE INVOLVED

Dr. José A. González-Pérez ,  p> A researcher at IRNAS-CSIC, his scientific and technical activities embrace basic research as well as applied research for technology transfer and consultancy for public and private companies and development agencies. His current focus is on environmental organic geochemistry, including organic matter and soil health, refractory C forms in nature, molecular characterization of soil organic matter and its agronomic and environmental implications, biogeochemical markers in soils and sediments. Part of his Sci-Tech activities supported the development of international collaborations in relations to global environmental problems, such as the depletion of stratospheric ozone (Montreal Protocol). As a result, Dr. González-Pérez joined the United Nations (UNIDO-ONUDI as an international field expert in various countries including China, Syria, Dominican Republic, Georgia, Jordan and Morocco… where he applied agroecological knowledge and soil management strategies to find alternatives to the soil fumigant Methyl Bromide. In c. 25 years of scientific activity, Dr. González-Pérez has participated in more than 40 R+D national and international research projects, authoring or co-authoring upwards of 150 scientific papers as well as 4 invention patents.

MAIN TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: CSIC will be chiefly involved in WP 6, focusing on AnaEE’s long-term governance strategy.

CONTACT: José A. González-Pérez

 

INRA TRANSFERT (FRANCE)

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INRA Transfert is a fully-owned subsidiary of INRA founded in 2001 as part of its effort to exploit research results and innovative technologies, and develop them into concrete business opportunities. IT is originally a technology transfer company specialised in the field of innovating technologies arising from agriculture-related research. The Europe Department of IT was additionally created in 2004 with the purpose of strengthening the participation of INRA in the European Research Area. Its mission is to help INRA researchers and partners set up projects in response to EC calls and to manage them once selected by the EC. Thanks to a team combining scientific background, project management skills and good knowledge of EC programmes, the Europe department of INRA Transfert has a strong expertise in:
• Helping researchers in the conception, construction and writing of relevant proposals
• Managing collaborative research projects. IT is currently supporting INRA in managing 4 Infrastructure projects (I3s) as well as numerous FP7 projects and FP6 projects collaborative projects and networks.
Additionally, in terms of dissemination of the project results, IT puts at the disposal of the project the unique expertise holds by its Technology Transfer department in:
• Managing technology portfolios through analysing inventions and their environment, searching for industrial partners, negotiating terms and conditions of technology transfer.
• Supporting development of innovative start-up companies by defining a business project around the know-how or patented technology to be transferred; determining IP related results to guarantee conditions for product commercialisation and organising the technology transfer to the innovation company.

PEOPLE INVOLVED

Dr. Diep Tuong Bao, PhD in Mechanics, MBA, is the manager of the European Projects Department. He has more than nine years of experience in supporting researchers within the EC research collaborative programmes.
Agathe Renard has recently joined INRA Transfert as European project manager. Having immersed in several different cultures to develop her expertise in International and European cooperation schemes, she graduated from a Masters program in European Affairs and Project Management from the Sorbonne University. She is set to pursue project management support to AnaEE during its Pre-operational Phase.

MAIN TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: IT will lead the Project Management (MA) of AnaEE.

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