May 19, 2014

3rd OpAL Summer School / 3rd OpAL Annual Meeting

The 3rd OpAL Summer School and Complementary Skills Course was successfully held in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 19-21/26-27, 2014. The 3rd OpAL Annual Meeting was held on May 22+23, 2014. Both meetings were kindly hosted by Linda Lundström, OPAL Participant No. 3. 

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July 07, 2013

2nd OpAL Summer School / 2nd OpAL Annual Meeting

The 2nd OpAL Summer School was successfully held in Fira, Satorini, Greece on July 07 - 08, 2013, followed by the 2nd OpAL Annual Meeting, held on July 09, 2013. Both meetings were hosted by Harilaos Ginis. 

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March 04, 2013

OpAL Mid-Term Review Meeting - March 4, 2013

The OpAL Mid-Term Review Meeting, attended by OpAL's Project Officer Mika Levonen, was successfully held in Brussels, Belgium on March 04, 2013.

OpAL Midterm Review Meeting in Brussels, 2013
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December 12, 2012

Fellows of the OPAL project visit the European Parliament

Fellows of the OPAL project visit the European Parliament

On December 12, 2012  our young OPAL fellows were guests of Dr. Angelika Niebler (MEP) at the European Parliament (EP) in Strasbourg.

After a warm welcome by Ms. Niebler, who is member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), the fellows introduced themselves by a short ‘tour de table’. Our host reported on the constructive work of the EP to shape the European Research Area. Of specific importance was the common strategic framework for EU research and innovation funding, presently under negotiation.

These important developments towards the new European Framework Programme Horizon 2020 were discussed with our host Dr. Niebler and Dr. Christian Ehler, MEP and rapporteur for the Horizon 2020 rules for participation, who joined the OPAL group. Mr. Ehler stated that the EU Research programme is the only multinational research programme worldwide.

Key issues raised by the MEPs include Horizon 2020's governance and coordination between the three pillars (Excellent science, Industrial leadership and Societal challenges) as well as synergies between the programme and the Structural Funds.  An important issue for our young researchers are the Marie Curie actions in order to promote their scientific careers as successful implemented in the ITN OPAL. .

Marie Curie Fellowships are European research grants available to researchers regardless of their nationality and field of research. In addition to fellowships, researchers have the possibility to gain experience abroad and in the private sector, and to complete their training with competences or disciplines useful for their future careers. We want to thank Angelika Niebler and Christian Ehler for their support to make this event happen, well knowing their tight agenda during the parliamentary sessions in Strasbourg and the assistant of Ms. Niebler, Anna Bergmann for her extraordinary help and support to facilitate this visit.

The European Parliament in Strasbourg
The European Parliament in Strasbourg
Discussion with the MEP
Discussion with the MEP

December 10, 2012

Training Course - December 10-14, 2012

From December 10-14, 2012 an OpAL Training Course will be held in Tuebingen, Germany (arrival Dec. 09).

This Training Course will include the following training units:

  • Successful writing of scientific papers
  • European research politics, including a visit at the European Parliament in Strasbourg (live debate + discussion with two members of the European Parliament)
  • Intellectual property
  • How to write and maintain a laboratory notebook
  • Mastering your Ph.D.
  • Good communication and conflict management
  • Career planning and job hunting

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September 20, 2012

1° OpAL Annual Meeting - September 20 - 21, 2012

The first OpAL Annual Meeting was successfully held from September 20 - 21, 2012 in Madrid.

All Principal Investigators, fellows and members of the External Advisory Board were getting together at this meeting while the program was mainly composed of fellows' talks about their OpAL research projects.

September 18, 2012

1° OpAL Summer School - September 18 - 19, 2012

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The first Summer School, mandatory for all OpAL fellows, was successfully held from September 18 - 19, 2012 in Madrid, kindly hosted by OpAL project partner 04, Susana Marcos.

May 29, 2012

Visit of Rodenstock GmbH for all OpAL fellows - May 29 - 30, 2012

All Opal fellows are invited to visit private sector OpAl partner Rodenstock GmbH at their headquarter in Munich.

On Tuesday, May 29, there will be a full day event titled "Insight into industrial research and development - from the basics to the product development of individual progressive addition lenses". On Wednesday, May 30, 2012, in a morning session the fellows will learn about "Physiological aspects for spectacle lens design".

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March 12, 2012

Complementary Training Course - March 05-09, 2012

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The first Complementary Trainings Course was held in Tuebingen, Germany beginning of March 2012, together with ESRs and ERs of a second Initial Training Network (Edu-GLIA, The following courses were presented:

  • Scientific Writing, 
  • Ethical Aspects of Medicine and Medical Research, 
  • Project Management.

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May 16, 2011

Kick-Off Meeting 'OpAL'

Linda Lundstroem, Peter Unsbo, Susana Marcos, Frank Schaeffel, Harilaos Ginis, David R. Williams, Gregor Esser, Thomas Wheeler-Schilling, Michaela Bitzer
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The Kick-Off-Meeting of the OpAL consortium was held in Tuebingen, Germany – hosted by the Scientific Coordinator Prof. Frank Schaeffel – on May 16/17.

The network partners presented the projects for future OpAL fellows and discussed the recruitment process of Early Stage and Experienced Researchers. Open OpAL positions can be found on the Vacancies page