InnovaXN Kickoff meeting: start of a 5 year doctoral training programme

The new Horizon 2020 programme cofunded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND, was officially launched on Friday 14th February 2020.


 “This programme will increase the synergy between large-scale research infrastructures and the R&D needs of the European industry”, explained Jean Susini, ESRF director of research and co-director of the programme as he gave the opening presentation (view the presentation: InnovaXN-kick-off-intro-14022020, 2.5 mb, pdf).

Throughout the kick-off meeting, some of the programme’s participants presented their projects, which could lead to changes on more sustainable products in the market. As an example, the research on how to create mechanisms of CO2 reabsorption in cement, which currently produces 8% of CO2 emissions worldwide.

The subjects of the projects line up with the Horizon Europe challenges and the UNESCO sustainable development goals, including health, environment and sustainable industrial processing, construction, metallurgy, renewable energy, catalysis, new materials for aerospace, food security and agriculture, consumer products.

“Ultimately, we expect to cover a wide range of societal challenges and bridge the gap between research and industry”, explains Mark Johnson, Director of Science Division at ILL and co-director of the programme.

Kick-off meeting 14/02/2020

“INNOVAXN, as the EU project ATTRACT, underlines the key role of European large scale research infrastructures such as the ESRF and the ILL to share knowledge for the benefit of society, to serve the competitiveness of the European industry and to create jobs, and to serve the development of a fair and sustainable future”, concluded Francesco Sette, director general of the ESRF.


The first cohort of 20 PhD students will start in September 2020 and recruitment has opened with application deadline of 15 March 2020.

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