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Calls, ErUM-Data, Special Issues and Hereon

KFN email newsletter on April 19, 2021

Dear friends of neutron research,

Currently, the BMBF is preparing the call for proposals for the next round of project funding in ErUM-Pro (former "Verbundforschung"). The KFN is involved in this process and will represent your interests at a strategy meeting of the BMBF at the end of April. Other calls for proposals have already been published, and we would like to draw particular attention to these:

Current BMBF calls:

- Promoting Artificial Intelligence in higher education (deadline April 30, 2021),

- MaterialDigital 2 for funding of projects within the framework of the initiative for the digitalisation of materials research in Germany (deadline July 1, 2021),

- RÅC call for German-Swedish projects in material sciences and structural biology with neutrons and synchrotron radiation (deadlines May 4 and 12, 2021),

The deadline is May 12, 2021, although on the Swedish side it is already May 4, 2021, and since these are collaborations, German partners must also observe this deadline. The projects should have a minimum duration of two and a maximum duration of four years and be structured with concrete milestones. If you have any questions, please contact the project management organization PT DESY, and there are also references on the PT DESY website, see

ErUM-Data exchange platform

We would like to point out once again that the BMBF has published the action plan "From Big Data to Smart Data", see  Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning is planned as the first focus. To facilitate the exchange among each other, all participants of the last ErUM-Data workshop and other interested parties should register in the ErUM-Data exchange platform. The platform is set up in a conference system, so the documents appear as abstracts. There, you can describe which research question most interests you in the context of artificial intelligence and machine learning, for which you would like to find partners. The abstracts can be edited any time.

Special Issues of Applied Sciences: "Recent Advances in Small-Angle Neutron Scattering" and "Recent Advances in Neutron Imaging".

You are invited to submit a contribution to a special issue on recent advances in small-angle neutron scattering in the journal Applied Sciences by April 30, 2012. Small-Angle Neutron scattering as a method is extremely versatile, which is reflected both in the experimental concepts and sample environments that are available for it, as well as the range of scientific fields employing SANS. In order create a comprehensive overview over the most recent advances, both on the instrument technology side as well as the experimental side, there will be a dedicated special issue.

One month later, on May 31, 2021 is the deadline for contributions to a special issue on recent advances on imaging techniques with neutrons in the journal Applied Sciences. Welcome are review articles, results of interdisciplinary research, and recent research from various disciplines using neutron imaging. The articles are intended to appeal to a broad audience.

>Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht is now Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht – Centre for Materials and Coastal Research GmbH has been renamed on March 31, 2021 to Helmholtz-Zentrum hereon GmbH. With this new name and new logo, the research center is expressing its current mission and the organizational structure with its sites and field locations.

With kind regards,

Frank Schreiber, KFN chair
Susan Schorr, KFN vice chair
Karin Griewatsch, KFN PR

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