The Horizon Europe Dynamo project, coordinated by the Optics Research Group of the Universitat Jaume I of Castelló (GROC), has started its activity with the first meeting of the international consortium, formed by fourteen partners and associated entities, which have met this week at the public university of Castellón.
The Dynamo project, approved by the European Commission within the framework of the European Union’s research and innovation programme, Horizon Europe-EIC PATHFINDER, has a total budget of nearly three million euros over four years.
Nowadays, we are surrounded by screens and imaging technologies are ubiquitous: they help us to monitor our health, to explore our environment and our telecommunications. However, there are a large number of processes in nature that are too fast to be recorded with conventional cameras, but the technology to be developed in the Dynamo project will contribute to a quantum leap in that direction. To do so, it will create new spatial light modulators based on opto-acoustic coupling that will overcome the current limitation of the refresh rate of devices.
The idea is based on sending all possible device patterns simultaneously, encoded in a pulse of a few nanoseconds, thus changing the modulation of the light beam from sequential to parallel. In this way, Dynamo would achieve in four years an innovation equivalent to the progress made in half a century in computer data processing, but transferred to the field of images. The data processing of the first electronic computers had a clock frequency of 100 kHz in 1945 and reached 1 GHz in 2000.
The partners and collaborators also had the opportunity to get to know each other personally during the meeting and also took advantage of their stay in Castellón to participate in the Congress on Emerging Topics in Acoustic and Mechanical Metamaterials organised by the European Society of Mechanics (Euromech).
In addition to the UJI as coordinator, the consortium is made up of the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) of France, the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine of the United Kingdom, the University of Science and Technology (AGH) of Poland, and the Universitat Jaume I-Business Foundation as an affiliated entity.
The consortium has a number of associated partners: the European Association of Development Agencies (EURADA) from Belgium, the Foundation for the Promotion of Health and Biomedical Research of the Valencian Community (FISABIO), the Valencian Institute for Business Competitiveness (IVACE), the Finnovaregio association, the Institute of Electronics, Microelectronics and Nanotechnology of France, Holoeye Photonics AG and the Sorbonne University.
Dynamo is also supported by an international expert committee consisting of Philip Engel from HOLOEYE Photonics (Germany), PhD Sarah Benchabane from the French National Centre for Scientific Research, Prof. Krzysztof M. Abramski from the Wroclaw University of Technology (Poland), Dr. Sylvain Gigan from the Kastler-Brossel Laboratory and Sorbonne University, Prof. Alastair P. Hibbins, director of the Metamaterials Research and Innovation Centre in Exeter (UK) and Vicenta Ferrer, COO of Nayar Systems (Spain).
The Universitat Jaume I of Castelló has held the Virtual Conference Erasmus+ Key Action KA2: Cooperation between organisations and institutions, promoted by the Vice-rectorate for Internationalisation and Cooperation with the support of the Fundació Universitat Jaume I-Empresa (FUE-UJI) and the collaboration of SEPIE, the national agency for the management, dissemination and promotion of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union in the field of education and training.
The event was opened by Joan Antoni Martín, Vice-Rector for Internationalisation and Cooperation of the UJI, who highlighted the different actions of the programme presented at the session. Alfonso Gentil, director of SEPIE, also spoke during the opening and highlighted the success of participation in the previous edition of the programme: “Thanks to institutions like the UJI, the interest in Erasmus+ is the highest, with 58 million euros and 346 cooperation projects funded in 2021”.
The presentation on the Erasmus+ programme for the period 2021-2027 was given by Andrés Ajo, Director of the SEPIE’s School and Adult Education Unit, who reminded the audience that “different institutions can work on innovation in the school education, vocational training, higher education and adult education sectors”.
Sara Martínez Navarro, head of service of the SEPIE’s School and Adult Education Unit, then presented the call for proposals for the cooperation partnerships programme, within the framework of the KA2 action in Erasmus+ 2021-2027. Martínez highlighted in his presentation the objectives, priorities, expected results, funding of the call and also gave the attendees tips for the development of a successful proposal.
The call “Erasmus Mundus Design Measures” was also presented by Loreta Paulauskaite, SEPIE contact point for Erasmus+ International Dimension. Then, Ilija Vuckov, Senior EU Funding Consultant and CEO of EMKICE Consulting, presented all the information about the next Erasmus+ Partnerships for Innovation call.
Moreover, three projects currently in force at the UJI have been presented as success stories: H2OMap, coordinated by the FACSA Chair of Innovation in the Integral Water Cycle and presented by its coordinator Laura Menéndez; the CE-IP project, coordinated by the SOGRES-UJI research group and presented by UJI professor María Jesús Muñoz; and the SenGuide project, by Pilar Escuder, coordinator of the UJI’s University for Older Adults.
Eva Camacho, Vice-Rector for Internationalisation and Cooperation of the UJI, moderated the conference and presented the conclusions, in which she stressed that “the Erasmus+ programme for the period 2021-27 is a great commitment of the European Commission and has a very important dimension for innovation and training”.
The Erasmus+ Conference was also attended by entities, associations, administrations and companies wishing to obtain European funding. Joan Antoni Martín, Vice-Rector for Internationalisation and Cooperation of the UJI, addressed all of them during the closing ceremony, encouraging them to participate in the next calls of this programme.
After the conference, the research groups of the UJI that have requested it, have met with experts in European funding of the FUE-UJI to work on potential project proposals for the next Erasmus+ call, all this, in order to encourage their participation in this programme, as well as to give them the necessary tools to submit proposals with the best guarantees of success.
Nela Gómez, head of the European Projects Office of the FUE-UJI (EuroFUE-UJI) has participated in the virtual Desayuno-Debate with Cristina Lobillo, Director of Energy Policy in the Directorate-General for Energy of the European Commission, posing questions to the director on “The challenges of the Fit for 55 in the current energy environment”.
The conference was held on Thursday 10 February 2022, organised by the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg as part of the “Business Circle” cycle, a meeting platform between Spanish companies and representatives in European institutions. Pablo López, president of the Chamber, was in charge of opening and moderating the event, sponsored by Iberdrola. Eva Chamizo, Director of European Affairs and Iberdrola’s Brussels office, also spoke at the event.
Cristina Lobillo opened her speech with a summary of the current situation in the energy sector and the temporary pressure on energy prices. The energy transition and cooperation between countries were the main topics of her speech throughout her intervention, given the decrease in the percentage of gas storage in the European Union.
Finally, Cristina Lobillo spoke about taxonomy, the guide for moving from coal to gas and from there to renewable energies. At this point, she emphasised the three activities that the Commission had identified and which should be the subject of investment. She spoke of the efforts and security of supply of EU member states, the existing financing mechanisms for green hydrogen and blue hydrogen, and the countries that are most committed to renewable energies.
The fourth newsletter of the Erasmus + RESTAT project is now available. The newsletter includes information about this project that works to promote a more sustainable and accessible tourism, the activities carried out so far and the results obtained, along with the milestones that the project is pursuing.
The third newsletter of the Erasmus + RESTAT project is now available. The newsletter includes information about this project that works to promote a more sustainable and accessible tourism, the activities carried out so far and the results obtained, along with the milestones that the project is pursuing.
The FUE-UJI from its European and International Projects Office will advise Simetría Grupo to improve its competences in terms of international positioning through its new initiative “European Funding Roadmap“. This initiative aims to attract a higher percentage of European funds and thus improve the financing of the business and innovative fabric of the province of Castellón.
With a duration of 1 year, this Roadmap will help Simetría to access more European projects. The European Roadmap consists of 2 phases, the first one will focus on the development of a Strategic Plan for attracting European resources. After an analysis of the potential of Simetría, the group will then be provided with customized training on the most suitable European Funding and Funds. This first phase also includes the development of a Communication Plan, specialized in international positioning based on the most strategic European programs and calls according to the interests and characteristics of Simetría Grupo.
The second phase will consist of the preparation of a working agenda in Brussels and support in the meetings by the FUE-UJI. Simetría will also actively participate in public-private platforms, conferences, events and meetings with European institutions and entities of interest. Finally, Simetría Grupo will join different international consortiums of European project proposals, duly studied and with the highest guarantees of success.
Thanks to this initiative of the FUE-UJI, Simetría will continue to implement and develop projects with European funding, such as PAV-DT, a project developed within Becsa, the leading construction company of the group. This project, presented in one of the “Desayunos Europeos” organized by EuroFUE-UJI, develops a pavement auscultation system that will help to increase the efficiency of public administrations in road maintenance, as well as to provide a more sustainable service, since it will help vehicles to reduce emissions in their circulation.
Simetría Grupo, as trustee of the FUE-UJI, values very positively the work done by the European and International Projects Office of the FUE-UJI, bringing Europe closer to companies and related entities and preparing and implementing European science and innovation projects that contribute to the progress of society.
Simetría continues to work on different projects to continue growing and expanding in different processes of innovation and internationalization. That is why these programs developed at the Universitat Jaume I allow us to be among the elite of European companies, to be in contact with great professionals from all over Europe and to enrich our internal knowledge, thus causing a leap in the training of our technicians.