The biggest project in Latvia’s scientific history – CAMART2 – has been opened in a positive atmosphere. «Commencement of the largest international scientific project in our country’s history once again proves the high level of competence of our scientists. With CAMART2, Latvia becomes a Baltic Silicon Valley,» says Latvian Education and Science Minister Karlis Sadurskis.
The goal of this project is strengthening the institute’s and Latvia’s position in Europe’s scientific space, becoming a European-level centre for materials and technology research, as reported by the institute’s representatives.
Sadurskis continues: «An international project with a very high discovery potential. Many pre-conditions have already come true to ensure major changes by revealing creative potential of Latvian scientists in the field of new discoveries dictated by the modern world.»
This project will contribute to the creation of a wider ecosystem for the transfer of innovations and technologies in modern materials research and use of new materials in innovative products. It will also help create new high-technologies and high added value production companies.
«The only way Europe can compete with the rest of the world is being smarter than others and proving its capabilities in the field of innovations. This means investing in education, science and innovations. Such investments have to be realized on a national, regional and international level – in the European Union. We are happy to see such a massive project receive funding from Horizon 2020 and support from Latvia,» says European Commission Research and Innovation Department Director General Robert-Jan Smits.
«The strongest sides of CAMART2 project is the high qualification of scientists involved in it and the plan to pass knowledge and experience further, as well as contribute to cooperation between the academic and business sectors. This project has all the characteristics of a winner – high-level science, potential for innovation, business sector and new businesses, strong partnership and confident management structure, which is vital for a project of such a scope,» said Robert Jan-Smits.
«This project will continue road paved for Institute of Solid State Physics towards excellence. While up until now we have been following local roads, now, having received support from the world’s largest science support programme and Latvian government, we will have to traverse European-level highways towards excellence. Moving along this road will help reach the place the institute wishes to be – among Europe’s and the world’s leading research institutes,» says Director of Institute of Solid State Physics and CAMART2 project manager Martins Rutkis.
The project is realized in cooperation with Swedish partners from KTH Royal Institute of Technology and RISE Acreo, who are world-class level experts in the field of innovations and technology transfer. Through cooperative work Swedish colleagues, it is intended to develop the excellency centre of LU Institute of Solid State Physics, making it Latvia’s and Baltic Sea region’s material science centre with high commercialization capacity and ability to function on an international research and innovations market.
The funding provided by the European Commission for the institute’s development is EUR 15 million.