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RINGO Annual Meeting


The annual meeting of the project RINGO ('Readiness of ICOS for Necessities of Integrated Global Observations') will be held in Belgium at the University of Antwerp, in the location of Hof van Liere from Tuesday 20th March until Thursday 22nd March, 2018.

The purpose of the meeting is to enhance and facilitate further progress of the RINGO project. This will be done through pleanaries on topics such as 'increasing the impact and integration of ICOS' and 'enhancing ICOS membership and sustainability'. The meeting will also include breakout workshops as well as presentations and discussions on mid-term reporting and dissemination.

Participation to this event is free of charge.

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The first year of RINGO is coming to an end and during the one-on-one TelCos’ held between the coordinator team and the task leaders, it came into our attention that RINGO is also used as an acronym that refers to Research Infrastructures Needs, Gaps, and Overlaps. It is another EU project which also has been granted the Horizon 2020 funding. It is addressing the issues related to strategic aviation and operate to improve existing and new research infrastructures to meat the goals set for flightpath 2050.

Albeit a bit of quirk of fate ‘O’ referring to “Overlaps”. We the coordinators of the both RINGOs have agreed that it would be best, if we could discover possibilities how this sudden existence of the exactly same acronym could be converted into a positive feature for mutual benefits. Therefore, on behalf of the Readiness of ICOS for Necessities of integrated Global Observations – RINGO coordination teams’ impression is that this has opened a unique opportunity to widen our dissemination scope. Hence, we have agreed to add each others website links to both project websites.


RINGO Kickoff meeting in Heidelberg

21-02-2017 -- 23-02-2017

Location: Kirchhoff Institute for Physics, Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg castle The European Commission funded H2020 project, Readiness of ICOS for Necessities of integrated Global Observations (RINGO) has been officially launched in Heidelberg from 21st to 23rd February 2017.

The Kickoff meeting gathered representatives from number of project partner organisations to discuss the activities, organisation and management of this four-year project, coordinated by ICOS ERIC.

RINGO aims at further development of ICOS Research Infrastructure by focusing on the RI’s scientific, geographical, technological, data-related as well as political and administrative readiness to further strengthen the quality of operations and the level of impact.

RINGO Kickoff meeting agenda

Tuesday 21.2.2017
12.30-13.20 Welcome words and introduction of RINGO concept and aims (Werner Kutsch, ICOS DG and RINGO coordinator)
13.20-15.20 The World Café (TWC)
15:45-17:00 Risks of RINGO

Wednesday 22.2.2017
9:00-12:00 Work Packages
•    9:00 WP1 (Ingeborg Levin)
•    9:20 WP2 (Jiří Kolman)
•    9:40 WP3 (Timo Vesala)
•    10:00 WP4 (Alex Vermeulen)
•    10:20 WP5 (Eija Juurola)
10:35-12:00 WP6 including project management (tools, platforms, techniques, ECAS protocols, definitions of responsibilities of partners, Evi-Carita Riikonen)
12:45-14:30 Dissemination and Exploitation actions (Gorana Jerkovic)
15:00-17:00 Individual meetings of Work Packages and Tasks

Thursday 23.2.2017
9:00-11:00 RINGO General Assembly meeting (Chair: Werner Kutsch, Rapporteur: Evi-Carita Riikonen)