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Final Activity Report Summary - CENS-CMA (Co-operation of Estonian and Norwegian scientific centres within mathematics and its applications)

The aim of the CENS-CMA project is aptly summarised by its full title, 'Cooperation of Estonian and Norwegian scientific centers within mathematics and its applications'. The Centre for Nonlinear Studies (CENS) was founded in 1999 within the Institute of Cybernetics at Tallinn University of Technology as an umbrella for the scientific potential in Estonia engaged in interdisciplinary studies of complex nonlinear processes. The Centre of Mathematics for Applications (CMA) at the University of Oslo in Norway was established in 2003 as an international research centre in mathematics, with emphasis on problems arising from modern scientific computing.

Apart from the large number of peer reviewed publications authored during the project, for more in-depth scientific information we would also like to gladly refer to the upcoming volume 'Applied Wave Mathematics - Selected topics in solids, fluids and mathematical methods', to be published by Springer, as an outcome of the project. The book was structured to contain 12 tutorials, intended for non-specialist researchers and students, written by CENS and CMA scientists and visiting project fellows, to highlight the importance of applied mathematics in the studies of wave phenomena. A total of 130.5 researcher months were realised as fellowships. Nine outgoing fellows, i.e. seven seniors and two post doctoral researchers, were sent from Tallinn to Oslo. Twelve incoming fellows were recruited in total for stays in Tallinn, including five seniors from Norway, Hungary, Germany, Australia and Ukraine, and seven experienced researchers from the United States of America, Germany, which was represented by two fellows, Norway, France, United Kingdom and Russia.

Apart from project fellowships that complemented established CENS research activities, thus strengthening existing and creating new international ties, there was also very significant impact through the project fellows who contributed to the development of two new research groups at CENS in synergy with national and European Union initiatives, namely the Laboratory of Systems Biology and the Wave Engineering Laboratory.

Another major goal of the project was to further develop the skills in obtaining international research funding and, more specifically, to help define and initiate a new international research project with a broad partner consortium under the leadership of CENS. The latter goal was achieved through a successful application to the European Community's sponsored BONUS-169 initiative. The project BalticWay, 'The potential of currents for environmental management of the Baltic Sea maritime industry', started in January 2009, as one of only 16 selected amongst 149 applications. BalticWay had eight partners from five Baltic Sea countries and was coordinated by the new Wave Engineering group of CENS, making it the only one of the 16 BONUS projects to be led by a team from the new member states.

Research results were presented at international conferences both in Europe, for example in Bulgaria, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Ukraine, and beyond, such as in Australia, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand and United States of America. Project fellows also contributed to stands and presentations at large-scale European Community events. Two international summer schools, with approximately 50 participants each, were held in Tallinn. The first one, organised in July 2006 and titled 'Application of three-dimensional shapes' was held in cooperation with the IST Network of Excellence in shape modelling AIM@SHAPE. The second was organised in August and September 2007, was titled 'Waves and coastal processes and was organised in collaboration with the Seamocs Marie Curie research and training network.

In addition, two large scale field experiments on the environmental impact of fast ferry waves were realised in the Tallinn Bay. The first was held during June and July 2008. The second was held in June 2009, with participants from nine different countries, such as Australia and Trinidad and Tobago, and included several former project fellows.

Finally, the work of some of the fellows was covered in newspaper articles, fellows gave public lectures and the summer school on coastal processes was covered in a 15 minute feature of the popular science programme 'Bionina' of the Estonian national broadcasting company ETV. A version with English subtitles could be requested from the Wave Engineering Lab.

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