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Communications Working-Group: Kick-off meeting

Garching, Germany

Garching, Germany

Lichtenbergstraße 1 85748 Garching



In order to share experiences and promote common activities among communication officers of Europe’s large scale research infrastructures, a working group with regular exchange and meetings is proposed. The motivation originates from the successful PARI workshop, organized by the ERF-AISBL, which merits a long term perspective.  
There are currently a total of 35 people from 24 different research institutes interested in this initiative (as of January 2017). About 20 Communication Officers from several research facilities around Europe attended the first phone meeting on January 24, 2017 to discuss possible collaborations. Now it is time to meet in person to further discuss collaboration possibilities and the possible frame work of a working group.

9:15 Welcome

  • Dr. Jürgen Neuhaus, Deputy Scientific Director Research Neutron Source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II), Garching, Germany and Representative of the ERF-AISBL,
    “Establishing a Communications Working Group within the European Association of Research Infrastructure Facilities (ERF-AISBL)”
  • Short round of introductions, where each participant expresses his / her interest and expectations in the participation of a working group.

9:45 Talks

  • Dr. Petra Nieckchen, EuroFusion, Garching Germany „Benefits of a communication officers’ network“
  • Dr. Terry O’Connor / Sara Fletcher, Science and Technology Facilities Council, Great Britain “STFC's approach to collaboration across borders”

10:00 Discussion on activities and organizational issues

  • Aims and Terms of Reference
  • Actions of the working group
    • Regular meetings
    • PARI workshop every 2 years
    • Common research projects in communications
  • Common communication activities for large scale facilities

11:45 Snack

The agenda of this meeting is empty