The overall objective of this activity is to enhance and promote
cooperation with the private sector and in particular
with European SMEs.
Specific objectives are:
• To maintain and further develop standard-making processes for
technologies relevant to ACTRIS observations in
cooperation with SMEs.
• To promote use of ACTRIS by SMEs to test novel instrumentation at
observing sites or calibration centres.
• To promote joint public-private collaboration for high-risk
innovation and close-to-market activities applied to
atmospheric observation technologies.
• To establish a platform for exchange of expertise and information
with the private sector.
Description of work
This WP aims at the central coordination of the innovation aspects
which are covered in detail in the different ACTRIS-2
activities and mainly in NA2, NA3, JRA1 and JRA2. It is a specific
activity to enhance and promote cooperation with
the private sector and in particular with European SMEs. Currently, 11
SMEs (7 European-based) are associated to
ACTRIS. The goal of the activity is to increase the number of the
associated SMEs by the end of the project, favour
joint initiatives between ACTRIS partners and SMEs in particular in
relation to standardization and promote the use
of TNA by the private sector.
This WP intends to combine harmonize/develop standard procedures, and
to use the partners scientific expertise in order
to enforce the SME’s and industry involvement.
The work is split into three Tasks:
Task 4.1. Technological
(INOE, CNRS, CNR, TROPOS, NOA)
This task is devoted to maintain and further develop standard-making
processes for technologies relevant to ACTRIS
observations in cooperation with specific SMEs and national, European
and, when applicable, international centres for
normalization and standards.
Current involvement of ACTRIS in CEN and ISO initiatives will be
maintained and reinforced. In particular, and in
addition to existing activities, specific actions are foreseen related
to lidars and black-carbon technologies, considering
the increasing demand for these technologies from the market. A
strategy to improve and harmonize the operation
activities of ACTRIS infrastructure will also be developed (e.g.
standardization of techniques and procedures for data
quality assurance, automation of data collection, processing and
transfer, etc.), taking into consideration the increasing
role on the market of the end-user services and products emerging from
This task will also include specific information and communication
activities to enhance awareness and understanding of
the standardization processes among ACTRIS partners and associated
partners through the provision of guidelines and
information packages and specific meetings with the entire ACTRIS-2
consortium co-located with the project General
Beside technical (hardware) standardization, this task will be also
devoted to support ACTRIS-2 partners in getting EU
license for specific software products developed within the project.
Task 4.2 Tests of new
instrumentation by SMEs
(CNRS, CNR, TROPOS, INOE)
ACTRIS-2 provides a large number of installations/facilities where
novel instruments in the field of atmospheric
observations could be tested. In particular here the use of the ACTRIS
stations providing TNA in WP9 and the
Calibration Centres (WP6-8) from SMEs will be promoted.
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The 18 ACTRIS stations providing TNA (listed in WP9) represent a unique
set of facilities equipped with state-of-theart
instrumentation and offering the best scientific and technical
expertise available in Europe in the field of aerosol,
clouds and trace-gases observations. The three ACTRIS-2 Calibration
Centres, the Lidar Calibration Centre – WP6, the
AOD Calibration facility – WP7 and the European Centre for Aerosol
Calibration – WP8, represent the only facilities in
Europe for calibrating and testing new lidar instrumentation, sun/lunar
photometers and aerosol in-situ instruments for
atmospheric applications. This offer from ACTRIS-2 represents a unique
opportunity for European SMEs for testing
new instrumentation to be launched on the market.
Specific experimental tests and calibration from SMEs will be promoted
in cooperation with Task 4.1 for technological
standardization and using the specific protocol for exchange of
expertise and information with the private sector that
will be developed in Task 4.3.
Task 4.3 Exchange of
(CNR, CNRS, TROPOS, NOA, INOE, PSI, UHEL)
ACTRIS intends to continue to support all the EU SMEs operating on the
market for technologies and services related
to atmospheric observations. This collaboration with the private sector
will carried out under a mutual-support concept
that will allow the bilateral exchange of expertise and information.
A specific protocol will be developed together with the private sector
for assuring that this exchange of expertise and
information respects the intellectual property rights on both sides and
classified information from the industry. For that
purpose a specific workshop will be organized during the first year of
the project and all the SMEs operating in the
specific sector will be invited. The outcome of this workshop will be
the basis to establish a platform for a continuous
exchange of expertise with the private sector in particular for
promoting joint public-private collaboration for high-risk
innovation and close-to-market activities applied to atmospheric
Associated SMEs will be also invited to technical workshops (NA1, NA2,
JRA1, JRA3) during the whole duration of
the project in order to continue and reinforce the mutual cooperation.