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VET-TWIN Report Summary

Project ID: 692131
Funded under: H2020-EU.4.b.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - VET-TWIN (Strengthening of scientific excellence of the National Veterinary Research Institute in animal health and food chain safety)

Reporting period: 2016-01-01 to 2017-03-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The general objective of the VET-TWIN project is to increase the potential and research capacity of the National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI) by cooperation with internationally-leading counterparts from Germany (Federal Institute for Risk Assessment-BfR) and Denmark (Technical University of Denmark, National Veterinary Institute; DTU Vet) − to act in an international scientific and research environment as a leading institute in the fields of animal infectious diseases, zoonoses and food chain safety.
In particular, the project intends to strengthen a defined common field of research of advanced veterinary sciences on the characterization of animal pathogens and food safety through the exchange of ideas and personnel, enhancement of the science and technological capacity of the linked institutions and the support to raise staff’s research profile as well as the excellence of the institutions involved.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

Following activities were accomplished during the first reporting period:
- eight trainings for 13 Coordinators scientists in partners institution
- two onsite trainings/workshops in Coordinators premises
- one winter school in Coordinators premises
- one short term mission for Coordinators scientist in partner institution
- one researcher from coordinating institution participated in international scientific event
- web-page about the project with the link to e-Platform (available for registered users – scientists from the three institutions participating in the VET-TWIN project)
- two newsletters available on project website with up-to-date information on project progress.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The main project objective has been defined as the significant improvement in the overall scientific and innovation capacity of the NVRI in a particular field of research through linking with institutions in other Member States. Three main areas of interest including animal infectious diseases, zoonoses and food chain safety remain key priorities in future research plans of NVRI. Trainings organized at BfR and DTU allowed researchers from NVRI to get acquainted with new diagnostic techniques including multiplex serology, MALDI-TOF analysis and Next Generation Sequencing. Due to the introduction and future implementation of those modern diagnostic and research techniques, NVRI will be able to reach higher level of research excellence and competence.

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