InnovaXN kicks off

InnovaXN, a five-year EU-funded Doctoral Programme for innovators using synchrotron X-rays and neutrons, has started.

InnovaXN is a doctoral training programme bringing together the expertise of large-scale research infrastructures with the R&D needs of European industry. The programme starts today, 1 October 2019, and will run for five years.

In preparation for the first round of the programme, a call for project applications closed yesterday, with over 60 projects received from European industry and their partners. The InnovaXN Selection Committee will hone these to a final prioritisation of 20 projects in this round to become PhD thesis topics. The corresponding recruitment call will open in February 2020 for students to start from September 2020.

Students working alongside scientists and engineers at ESRF beamline ID21.

Students working alongside scientists and engineers at ESRF beamline ID21 (Image credit: ESRF/I. Ginzburg).

This programme, supported by an H2020 MSCA COFUND Programme, will allow a total of 40 PhD students to study a wide variety of subjects driven by industrial challenges, focused on exploiting the advanced characterisation techniques of the large-scale European facilities in Grenoble, the ESRF and ILL. The programme is co-directed by Dr Jean Susini (Director of Research, ESRF) and Prof Mark Johnson (Science Director, ILL).

For more information, contact the Business and Industry teams at ESRF and ILL.

Dr Edward Mitchell + 33 476 882 664 or Dr Caroline Boudou + 33 476 207 209.