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Unlocking and Boosting Research Potential for Photonics in Latvia
– Towards Effective Integration in the European Research Area

Objective

The project aims at unlocking and boosting Latvian R&D potential for photonics at the University of Latvia (LU) with activities
contributing to the realization of the full research potential on national scale for the enlarged Union and vision of Innovative
Union 2020. Direct beneficiary of the project - the Association FOTONIKA-LV at LU having about 100 researchers: including
4 Professors, 28 with PhD degrees, 7 skilled technicians, 34 PhD candidates and MSc level students. Enhancement of
research and outreach activities will covers basic and applied sciences of photonics domain: optics, optoelectronics; in
atmosphere and space; Earth geodesy; laser ranging and remote sensing; atomic and molecular physics; laser spectroscopy
and plasma light sources; bio-photonics and medical physics.
Objectives tasks include: Development of 10 existing strategic partnerships with leading centres in Finland, Sweden,
Lithuania, Germany, Spain; Exchanges of know-how through 50 secondments; Helping to reverse the “brain drain” in to a
“brain-gain” by repatriating one Dr.Hab, four Dr.Phys and technician back in labs of FOTONIKA-LV; Boosting research with
3 year recruitment Priv.-Doc.Dr. from Germany, Dr. from Russia, Dr. from Bulgaria. Dr from the Ukraine is coming for one
year and 4 positions are left open for competitive recruitment; Participation in 24 conferences; Organisation of 3 large scale
conferences in photonics, and summer schools in Riga; Organization of 3 strategy technology foresight workshops on RTD
policy in the photonics domain; Organization of 1 large scale conference on sustainable development, knowledge society
and future manufacturing; Upgrade of research infrastructure - targeted actions allowing to restore experimental capacity for
value of 2-3 m€ - purchase of up to date equipment to keep leadership; Establishing a public-access Riga Photonics Centre,
to support transfer of knowledge. Various instruments are foreseen to raise research driven activities of photonic's SMEs.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/laser physics
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/remote sensing
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/molecular and chemical physics

Call for proposal

FP7-REGPOT-2011-1
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Funding Scheme

CSA-SA - Support actions

Coordinator

LATVIJAS UNIVERSITATE
Address
Rainis Boulevard 19
1586 Riga
Latvia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 3 752 997
Administrative Contact
Arnolds Ubelis (Dr.)