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Reinforcement of the center for integrated microsystems and components

Final Report Summary - RECIMICO (Reinforcement of the centre for integrated microsystems and components)

The ultimate aim of the RECIMICO project was to strengthen the leading role of the Centre for Integrated Microsystems and Components (CIMC) in the regional research community and to allow its full participation in future European research projects. The specific objectives of the project were to:
- upgrade and renew equipment necessary for the successful introduction of new microsystem techniques in the research;
- hire new young researchers;
- develop international collaboration by networking in order to enhance the expertise of CIMC researchers and provide training of CIMC young researchers in some of the best laboratories in the European partner's institutions thus, supporting scientific excellence;
- develop, launch and support information system through web portal offering access to thematic and general information resources created at CIMC, but also at centres with similar scientific interest in the field of microsystems and components, and providing researchers, students, general public, as well as policy makers the opportunity to gather the most recent information and expertise and to disseminate it;
- organise specialised workshops.

To reach these goals RECIMICO focused on the upgrade of the existing equipment at CIMC, and the investment into CIMC human capital through activities performed in the five Work packages (WPs). Below there is an overview of the WPs main objectives:

WP1 - Project management
The main purpose was to guarantee undisturbed implementation of the project and to correlate specific tasks performed during its life, thus leading to the fulfilment of the project goals and the maximisation of its potential impact. Apart from the general management-related activities, the major task was the organisation of the steering committee meetings. The meetings of the RECIMICO partners turned out to be a very constructive and fruitful. All participants expressed their wishes to cooperate and to act together more closely.

WP2 - Equipment purchase
The purchase of new equipment presented a major RECIMICO tool for the reinforcement of CIMC. Such significant upgrade of the existing tools directly led to the increased quality of research and the wider research scope of CIMC.

WP3 - Mobility for training
Another important tool for the reinforcement of CIMC was the training of its staff through staff mobility, performed at carefully selected European partnering institutions.

WP4 - Investment in the human capital
To further reinforce human resources of CIMC two new young researchers were hired during the first year.

WP5 - Networking and dissemination
During the implementation of the project the dissemination activities were simultaneously performed at international, regional, domestic and local levels by means of:
- successful organisation the two workshops;
- participation in 30 leading international, regional and two domestic conferences;
- publication of scientific papers in leading international and domestic journals;
- maintenance o CIMC and RECIMICO website;
- agreement on research and business-technical cooperation between CIMC and ISAS;
- successfully accomplishments of three Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) dissertations and five master theses.

The first workshop entitled 'Design and characterisation of integrated microsystems and components was planned during the first half life of the project and was held on the 29 - 30 September 2008 in Novi Sad. The workshop comprised two major issues: presentation of research capacities at CIMC, including the presentation of purchased and upgraded equipment and its capabilities, and presentation of newly acquired knowledge and scientific topics of interest. While both topics addressed by the workshop were complementary and of interest to research and industry communities, the first was slightly more intended for regional and domestic partners and provided them with an overview of measurement and characterisation techniques available at CIMC, that could be used in the future collaboration. The second topic presented current research directions and achievements at CIMC, and provided all participants with an insight into the current research and knowledge base existing at CIMC.

The second RECIMICO workshop was held in Novi Sad on 5 - 6 March 2010. It was entitled 'New trends in integrated microsystems and components' ?and 58 people attended it from six countries. During the workshop, 20 papers by authors from four countries (Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland and Serbia) were presented in three oral sessions. The talks covered five major research topics: microsystem technologies, nanoelectronics components, new trends in microsensor technologies, characterisation and modelling of optoelectronics components and new trends in logic integrated circuits.

RECIMICO allowed CIMC to come out with a critical mass of well-specialised researchers, promote current and future development of integrated micro and nano-based systems and components, develop new methodological tools for the characterisation techniques and, in general, be the leader in innovations in this field in the Western Balkan region.

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