EU-OPENSCREEN officially inaugurated
EU-OPENSCREEN officially recognised as European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC)
Official presentation of ERIC certification. From left Wolfgang Fecke, Director General of EU-OPENSCREEN, George Schütte, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) Germany, and Jean-Eric Paquet, Director General of DG Research and Innovation
The EU-OPENSCREEN ERIC consists of 20 research institutes from seven European countries, including Norway. The ceremony was held on 25 September 2018 at the Max Delbrück Centre for Molecular Medicine in Berlin.
Jean Eric Paquet, Director General of DG Research and Innovation presented the ERIC certificate on behalf of the European Commission to Georg Schütte, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) Germany, and Dr. Wolfgang Fecke, Director General of EU-OPENSCREEN. Rebekka Borsch, Norwegian State Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Research, also gave an address on behalf of Norway.
The award of ERIC status to EU-OPENSCREEN means that the participating institutes will cooperate within a legal framework that eliminates regulatory barriers and simplifies access to shared resources. So far, ERIC status has been granted to 21 consortia across Europe.
Germany hosts EU-OPENSCREEN, which is located on the Campus Buch in Berlin. Norway, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Finland, Poland and Spain are the other founding members. Denmark is initially cooperating as an observer, and will become a full member from 2019.
The Norwegian node of EU-OPENSCREEN is NOR-OPENSCREEN, coordinated by former NCMM Director, Professor Kjetil Taskén. Professor Taskén has, since 2007, been involved with the set-up and coordination of EU-OPENSCREEN.
NOR-OPENSCREEN is the Norwegian node of the ESFRI-project EU-OPENSCREEN, and represents the Chemical Biology and marine bioprospecting expertise in Norway.
NOR-OPENSCREEN is a national infrastructure network that aims to offer high-throughput screening technologies and resources to public or private users. NOR-OPENSCREEN is hosted by the University of Oslo, and is based at NCMM and led by Dr Johannes Landskron. The node is run in collaboration with SINTEF (Trondheim), the University of Tromsø (UiT), and the University of Bergen (UiB).
Since 2016, NOR-OPENSCREEN has been on the Norwegian Roadmap for Research Infrastructure. The network was granted 33mNOK for chemical biology screening equipment from the Research Council of Norway in their last infrastructure call.