Graphene Flagship Sets Sail at Chalmers University of Technology

Posted on October 11, 2013 @ 09:24 am

TheGraphene Flagship – one of Europe’s first ten-year, €1 billion Euro flagships in Future and Emerging Technologies – was launched during a ceremony in Gothenburg.

A flagship sail was symbolically set jointly by Wolfgang Bosch of the European Commission, Karin Markides, president of Chalmers University of Technology, and Nokia representative Tapani Ryhänen.

Graphene Flagship was selected as one of Europe’s first technology flagships by the European Commission in January 2013. The mission is to take graphene and related layered materials from academic laboratories to society, revolutionize multiple industries and create economic growth and new jobs in Europe.

“Now, we are all in this together, the Commission and all the academic and industrial partners of The Graphene Flagship. It’s is an unusually long-term commitment, and there will be challenges, let’s be clear about that,” said Carl-Christian Buhr, member of the Cabinet of European Commission vice president Neelie Kroes.

The Graphene Flagship project is divided into two separate phases: a 30-month ramp-up phase under the 7th Framework Programme (Oct. 1, 2013-March 31, 2016) with a total European Commission funding of €54 million, and a steady-state phase under the Horizon 2020 programme, starting April 1, 2016, with expected European Commission funding of €50 million per year.

The consortium of Graphene Flagship initially includes 75 academic and industrial partners in 17 European countries. It focuses on the general area of communications, concentrating on ICT and on the physical transport sector, and supporting applications in the fields of energy technology and sensors.

The consortium will be expanded with another 20-30 groups through an Open Call, to be issued in November 2013, which will further strengthen the engineering aspects of the Graphene Flagship.

Parallel to this, work is performed among EU member states and associated nations, through an ERA-NET, to coordinate national funding initiatives on graphene, complementing Graphene Flagship funding from the European Commission.

Graphene Flagship is launching a range of initiatives focused on graphene dissemination within and outside the flagship:
• Graphene Week is an annual conference aiming to present up-to-date fundamental science of graphene and applications of graphene-based devices, with an estimate of 400 participants.
Graphene Week 2014 will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden, on June 23-27, 2014.
• Graphene Connect is an interaction platform for academia and businesses promoting scientists to think outside the box and industries to develop end-user products based on graphene. A number of industrial workshops will be supplemented by sessions for business angels, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to discuss the potential graphene investment opportunities and related issues, including
Graphene Connect “Composites,” in Toulouse, France, May 6-7, 2014.
• Graphene Study is a European winter school on graphene that serves to build tightly integrated community, and to create new direct communication channels between young researchers and academia-industry players. It is an important vehicle in fostering the next generation of graphene researchers and a key element in the continuous renewal of the Graphene Flagship.
Graphene Study 2014, in Obergurgl, Austria, on Feb. 2-7, 2014.


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