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CETOCOEN Excellence

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - CETOCOEN Excellence (CETOCOEN Excellence)

Reporting period: 2020-01-01 to 2021-03-31

The long-term strategic vision of the RECETOX Centre is to become the internationally visible Centre of Excellence in the Environmental Health Sciences. The newly developed capacities will contribute to unravelling the role of environmental factors in human health, aging and wellbeing and to the development of innovative approaches to the environmental and health protection and tools applicable in diagnostics, prevention, and mitigation of negative impacts.

The overall objective of the TEAMING project is to upgrade the RECETOX Centre and significantly enhance its capacities in the Key Areas of Changes including:
• Excellent Research
• Education and Training
• Research infrastructure
• Human Resources management
• Effective organization and management
• Innovation Management
• Financial Sustainability
• Communication and International Reputation

Teaming with the European leaders enhances a value of the past investments into the national research infrastructures, tops them up with an excellent expertise and makes them available to the international community. The project implementation allows for significant organizational and management changes enabling future operation of the RECETOX Centre according to the European standards. The enhanced scope and quality of the research will contribute to building the Environmental Health Science field not only in the Widening region but in the whole ERA.
The Change management plan was developed at the beginning of the project as a robust document describing all changes expected in the RECETOX Centre within the project implementation period. The desired changes were organized around eight Key Areas of Changes mirrored in the relevant Work Packages.

Main results include:
1. Establishment of the new research programme “Environmental Health” and several new research groups within this programme (including the ERA Chair research group supported from the parallel ERA Chair project), the ERC Consolidator proposal was submitted, several new H2020 projects initiated and collaborative agreement with UCL and National Health Institute signed.
2. Implementation of the newly accredited Bachelor, Master and PhD study programmes in “Environmental health Sciences” and “Computational Biology and Biomedicine”, acquiring new accreditations for associate and full professorships in Environmental Health Sciences, and setting up the internal RECETOX Training Network (RETRAIN) for junior researchers and PhD students.
3. Finalization of the construction of the biobanking facility and setting up the sample handling laboratories (including systems for automated sample handling, analyzers and biobanking technologies), structural changes in the organization of the research infrastructure (new units and services offered in the core facilities), the ESFRI application was submitted (EIRENE RI).
4. In line with newly acquired HR Award, the Strategy for Development of Human Resources and the Equal Opportunities Strategy were developed and endorsed at the department as well as the Faculty levels, the individual career tracks were described, and new specialized administrative positions were established in support of the HR services.
5. The new organization scheme reflecting newly established research programme, research groups and other units was translated into the new Organising Rules of the Centre endorsed by the Academic Senate of the Faculty.
6. The collaboration with the Centre for Technology Transfer was strengthened, new spin-off company was established,
7. New reporting and financial management tools as well as pre- and post-award research support services were introduced.
8. The visibility of the Centre was enhanced through the well-attended kick-off (including the representation of EC and several national ministries), multiple success in the Widening calls, new biobanking facility construction, strengthening collaboration with the national and regional authorities and especially our activities responding to the pandemics (COVID-19 seroprevalence study).
The Teaming implementation resulted in enhanced collaboration with the project partners which was reflected in new joint project applications (including Horizon Europe and ERC), new partnerships at the international and national levels (including new RIs), and joint supervision of the junior scientists. Enhanced infrastructural and human capacities resulted in very relevant response of RECETOX Centre to the covid-19 pandemic and related research needs (which in turn increased visibility of the Centre). Establishment of the Brno Living Lab as an important tool for translating science to policy and practice brought new opportunities for collaboration with the regional authorities and enhancing an impact of our research on the society and citizens.
Kickoff Meeting - Mr. Pavel Doleček, deputy minister, MEYS Czech Republic
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Kickoff Meeting - prof. Jana Klánová, project coordinator, RECETOX director
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Kickoff Meeting - prof. Martin Bareš, rector of MUNI
Kickoff Meeting - round table, prof. Jana Klánová
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Kickoff Meeting - Ms. Anna Panagopoulou, Director of European Research Area & Innovation
Kickoff Meeting - family photo
Kickoff Meeting - round table