Quarterly general meeting: achievements, challenges and next steps

Although summer is traditionally a quieter and calmer time when most people try to recover their strength by taking advantage of vacations, even before the solstice, the participants of the State Research Program (VPP) project "Smart Materials, Photonics, Technology, and Engineering Ecosystem" managed to get together at the University of Latvia ( LU) in the welcoming premises of the Institute of Electronics and Computer Sciences (EDI) for a quarterly general meeting to look back on the work done in the project jointly.

At the general meeting, project participants representing the Institute of Solid State Physics (CFI) of the University of Latvia, Riga Technical University (RTU), the Institute of Electronics and Computer Sciences (EDI) of the University of Latvia (LU), the Latvian Biomedical Research and Study Center (LBPSC), the Latvian State Institute of Wood Chemistry (LVKĶI) and Rēzekne Technology Academy (RTA), presented the technologies that are being worked on within the project, identified various challenges, and also discussed the following tasks to be performed in the project.

Within the framework of the project, the first significant prototypes were created and the results are visible, which will probably open up new opportunities for the whole world; so it is planned that negotiations on the possibilities of commercialization of these prototypes will be started at any moment. Also, involving young scientists and students, researchers working on this project have prepared and published research articles in international scientific journals, as well as added conference proceedings (for example, on such sites as «Scopus» and «WoS»).

In the coming months, within the framework of the VPP project "Smart materials, photonics, technology, and engineering ecosystem," the partners will continue work on several essential aspects of the project. In particular, cooperation with other European partners will be promoted, including with «Nanopharma» (Czech Republic), «NanoBioMed» center (Poland), and IEM (Institut Européen des Membranes) CNRS (France).

Also, the scientists involved in the project will continue to perform various tests, optimize work methods, optimize the operation of experimental stands, present their results at international conferences, and publish relevant materials in the scientific journals of these conferences. At the same time, the currently developed infrastructure monitoring solutions will be tested and validated. It is also planned that work will be carried out to improve the design and ergonomics of the developed prototypes.

Although the partners involved in the project have already accomplished a lot, there are still as many challenges ahead. However, the representatives of all four research directions of the project expressed their determination to achieve all the goals set in the project at the quarterly project meeting.

The project is implemented in the state research program "Innovation Fund - Industry Research Program," created by the Ministry of Economy. Its purpose is to promote scientific research and cooperation between scientific institutes, universities, and industry, to encourage and support technology transfer, and the development of innovative and commercialized products and technologies to the needs of the industry.

The research is financed by the Latvian Science Council within the project "Smart Materials, photonics, technology, and engineering ecosystem" (VPP-EM-FOTONIKA-2022/1-0001).

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