A set of exchanges was planned between ILSP and the partnering organizations, offering an excellent opportunity to expand research into new areas, strengthen cooperation and build partnerships in scientific fields of common interest. In the context of this action, new collaboration links were created between ILSP research teams and the respective organizations and existing links were significantly expanded to address new thematic areas. This has offered significant opportunities for identifying and preparing future collaborations and joint research proposals.
Within this scope, two main types of visits were envisaged:
- Short-term visits(e.g. up to 5 days) with the purpose to obtain a first-hand experience on ongoing projects, research activities, and facilities of experienced organisations and meet in person with the researchers and managers of the respective groups, hence leading the way to future collaborative activities. ILSP researchers had the opportunity to present their work in the visiting organization in an open public format and thus create the grounds for expanding the Institution’s breadth of collaborations. Incoming visitors also offered lectures, short seminars, and demos to ILSP researchers and to a wider scientific audience from collaborating research entities.
- Medium-term visits (e.g. up to 2 months) of the Institute’s researchers to leading institutes in the EU Member States. The purpose of these visits was to participate and gain hands-on experience on practical issues of research in the fields of interest by interacting with researchers of experienced institutes and/or by actively participating, for a specific period, in situ to R&D activities of the host organizations. Such activities may also include observing small scale experiments, in order to exchange practical experience, enhance applied research skills, and pave the way for the implementation and development of modern scientific methods in certain domains at ILSP.
One of the main goals of the outgoing visits was to enhance the researchers’ competences and gain specialized knowledge from leading entities in Europe. Especially for new researchers at the early stage of their career this represented a significant opportunity in their professional development path and exposed them to a world-class research environment.