Bielefeld University

Bielefeld University contributes to OpenAIRE with two specific units for two specific areas to the proposal: the library for major contributions to the technical e-Infrastructure of OpenAIRE and the CITEC with its highly-profiled researchers in the domain of cognitive systems/interaction/robotics for the focused studies on subject specific requirements. 

Bielefeld University Library is not only heavily involved in international initiatives for research infrastructures processing scholarly information (e.g. BASE, DRIVER, PEER, Knowledge Exchange) but has also contributed significantly to shape the German landscape of digital research libraries as well as digital scholarly information services, e.g. through the development of the Digital Library North-Rhine-Westphalia "DigiBib", today hosted by the academic library centre "hbz" in Cologne for nearly 200 libraries. With respect to conventional library services, Bielefeld University Library performs top-notch (Rank 2) on a national scale according to the German university ranking CHE. The main areas of expertise to be contributed to OpenAIRE is resulting from the work on information infrastructures, specifically on aggregating and networking high numbers of open document repositories The Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE), for example, aggregates since 15 years distributed repositories, by providing access to about 160 Mio. publications from 8000 international sources (March 2020). Further contributions concern the linking of repositories to CRIS systems (in the context of Knowledge Exchange) and usage data (in the context of PEER). Since Bielefeld University Library is responsible for general data management aspects in OpenAIRE, it will also lead the studies on subject-specific requirements for primary and secondary research data.

The unit contributing to the focussed studies on subject specific requirements in OpenAIRE is  CITEC, the research centre of excellence “Cognitive Interaction Technology” at Bielefeld University funded by the very competitive excellence initiative of the German federal and state governments. 250 scientists from five faculties (biology, informatics, linguistics, physics, psychology and sports science) are working together in order to enhance human-machine interaction by establishing cognitive interfaces that facilitate the use of complex technical systems such as robots through a level of semantic interaction. An additional goal is the study of the processes and functional constituents of cognitive interaction and their replication in technical systems. CITEC's research agenda is organised around four central topic areas: „Motion Intelligence“, „Attentive Systems“, „Situated Communication“, and „Memory and Learning“. CITEC also includes an integrated graduate school gathering around 50 PhD students, and has strategic cooperations with selected partners from industry such as the Honda Research Institute Europe GmbH, Miele & Cie. KG, and BertelsmannAG. Researchers participating in CITEC have been involved in European funded projects for many years, particularly in the field of Information and Communication Technologies and Emerging and Future Technologies. For example, the following projects have been implemented in this field: NEMO (Prof. Philippe Blanchard), PASION (Prof. Ipke Wachsmuth), COGNIRON (Prof. Gerhard Sagerer), SPARK(Prof. Holk Cruse) – all 6th Framework Programme. In the 7th Framework Programme, CITEC is cooperating with two European projects: ITALK and ROBOT-DOC (both Prof. Gerhard Sagerer).

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logo_caspurCASPUR ( is an Italian non-profit organisation established in 1992, encompassing nine universities from central and southern Italy. CASPUR’s goals are: to develop and maintain a supercomputing centre giving high-end scientific computing services for associated universities and Italian research organisations; to promote advanced tools and technologies in Information Management and Information Technologies fields devoted to scientific research and development; to become a competence centre for the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research and Italian universities in Information and Communication technology techniques usage and good practice dissemination; to establish synergies with national and international organizations devoted to ICT research and development; to set up, together with 3rd parties, jointly activities, whose scopes are inside the objectives of CASPUR consortium.

Since 2004 CASPUR has been promoting the spread of OA culture among Italian universities and research communities. In this context, in 2005, it developed together with CILEA a Portal for an OA Service Provider (PLEIADI project Nowadays this portal gives access to more than 435.000 OA papers and related metadata, and thanks to several services (OA-wiki, URL repository on OA issues, OA-blogs and RSS), it represents, for sure, a point of reference for librarians interested in OA and users searching for OA articles and Institutional Repositories.

CASPUR was partner of OpenAIRE from 2009- 2012. In 2013 CASPUR  merged into Cineca.

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche

The Institute of Information Science and Technologies (ISTI) of theItalian National Research Council(CNR), which is organised in 16 laboratories, is committed to producing scientific excellence and playing an active role in technology transfer. The team participating in this proposal belongs to the ‘Multimedia Networked Information System Laboratory’, which consists of 48 researchers and technicians conducting research and development activities on algorithms, techniques and methods for information modelling, access and handling, as well as new architectures and system services (P2P and Grid-based) supporting large networked multimedia information systems.


The CNR-ISTI team has been involved in many EU-funded projects relevant to the topics addressed in this proposal, namely in the following FP6 projects: DELOS II NoE (No. 507618, Scientific Coordinator), DILIGENT (No. 004260, Scientific Coordinator), MultiMatch (No. 033104, Coordinator), BRICKS (No. 507457), BELIEF (No. 026500), CASPAR (No. 033572), DRIVER (No. 034047), SAPIR (No. 45128). It is currently involved in the 7th FP projects: EFG (No. 517006), DRIVER II (No. 212147), D4Science (No. 212488), TrebleClef (No. 215231) and BELIEF II (No.223759).


In the context of the proposal, the CNR-ISTI team will be responsible of the technical coordination of OpenAIRE (WP1) and of the supervision of software production and maintenance workflows in SA and JRA (WP6). Furthermore, the team will be responsible for design and development of content management functionalities for the OpenAIRE System: in WP5 (SA), by coordinating the definition of the System data model and delivering the relative management services; in WP8 (JRA), by delivering research data management prototypes for future System extensions. Finally, the team will participate to technical support activities for third-party organizations willing to interact with the System.

Contact persons

  • Donatella Castelli
  • Paolo Manghi


The French consortium Couperin is a successful partnership experiment of research, public and educational institutions (256 members: 107 universities, 89 schools, 29 research institutions and 31 other institutes). Under the leadership of its Administrative Board, Couperin is structured in one Professional Board (10 members) and two departments:


  • The Pricing and Purchasing Department manages all the negotiations with the publishers and is organised in thematic areas.
  • The Prospective and Tech Department is commissioned, for expertise and evaluation for the Professional Board on issues regarding information systems and OA.

Couperin has long been an advocate of OA. The Couperin Manifesto issued in 2005 states very clearly that "COUPERIN is involved, next to other information stakeholders (SPARC, BOAI, ICOLC...), in promoting free and alternative scientific information, and invites all french researchers to commit themselves to these new publishing models, which can today and must tomorrow find a large place besides traditional publishing, for the major profit of researchers, of users and of Science, in short, of free circulation of ideas and knowledge."
It is in this perspective that Couperin set up an OA Working Group which gathered in 2016 around 50 people every two months in order both to create an information portal on OA for Higher Education institutions ( and to encourage universities to create Institutional Repositories and adopt OA policies.
Couperin's involvement in the OpenAIRE project will be built on the experience gained in the OA Working Group. The network and the tools created then will be of first help in the establishment of a National OA liaison office in partnership with other French stakeholders.

Contact person

  • André Dazy


CSIC_smThe CSIC team consists of members of two research groups of the Center of Humanities and Social Sciences: The Cybermetrics Lab headed by Isidro F. Aguillo and the Scimago research group directed by Felix de Moya.

The Cybermetrics Lab is small group devoted to the development of web indicators for description and evaluation of R&D activities. They were one of the first groups to launch the new discipline of Cybermetrics or Webometrics, being the editors of the electronic journal Cybermetrics that appears in 1997. Since 2004 they publish the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, now being part of a series covering Repositories, Hospitals, Research Centers and Business Schools. Since 2000 they took part in more than 50 International and Spanish Conferences, Seminars and Workshops worldwide and published 30 papers in high impact factor journals. They have also experience with EU funded projects, including the coordination of EICSTES ( and the participation in WISER (, both from 5th Framework Program.

Contact persons

  • Isidro F. Aguillo

Debreceni Egyetem

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EBI_logo_RGBEMBL-EBI will represent the subject area 'Health' in year 1, and collect the disciplinary requirements for infrastructural OA services in that domain.


EMBL-EBI is the European Bioinformatics Institute, located in Cambridge, UK ( It is an international research and service institute, an Outstation of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). EMBL is an international research organisation with 20 member states, most of which are also EU members. The mission of EBI is to collect, organise and make available open access databases for bio-molecular research. It serves a collection of public domain databases along with tools to search, download and analyse their content. These databases include DNA sequences and protein structures, gene expression information, molecular interactions and pathways. Connected to these are linking and descriptive data resources such as protein motifs, ontologies and many others. In many of these efforts the EBI is a European node in global data-sharing agreements involving, for example, the USA and Japan. The EBI has a staff of about 350, most of whom are software engineers, database curators and support staff who maintain 24/7 access to +400 terabytes of data from the biomedical domain.


The utility of the EBI to the scientific community today is evidenced by massive use of its services. Typically its web portal sees well over three million hits per day from a user community of several hundred thousand individual scientists from all over the world. The community served ranges from academic scientists doing basic research to industrial researchers in diverse areas including pharmaceuticals, agriculture and nutrition. Alongside the core service activities, the EBI is a basic research institute, with bioinformaticians regularly publishing results of computational investigations of bio-molecular information. It has also a flourishing Industry Cooperation and SME support programme for European companies involved in bioinformatics.

The Literature Services group at the EBI runs the CiteXplore database of over 26 million bibliographic records, which includes PubMed, Agricola and Patent records ( Using a combination of citation networks, text mining and database links, CiteXplore seeks to integrate the literature with data resources in the biomedical domain. Since 2011, the EBI Literature Services group also leads UK PubMed Central (UKPMC) (, the database of over 2 million full text articles, of which about 360,000 articles are Open Access (at the time of writing). The UKPMC website incorporates all of the functionality and content of CiteXplore, and, along with CiteXplore, will be developed in the future to embed the literature more usefully in the public biomedical data space, improve the user experience for people wanting to search the literature, and share content as far as possible via public web services.

Contact persons

  • Jo McEntyre
  • Stephen Spencer

Ethniko Idryma Erevnon

The National Documentation Centre (ΕΚΤ) is the national institution for aggregation, documentation, information, dissemination and support on science, research and technology issues. Founded in 1980, EKT is integrated with the National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF) and is supervised by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology of the Ministry for Development. The NHRF is a multidisciplinary Research Centre established in 1958.

EKT's mission is to act as a backbone for the Greek national infrastructure for the development, organisation and provision of science and technology content. EKT services are offered to the country's entire scientific and business community, universities, research centres, enterprises and public and private sector bodies. Examples of services include the National Archive of PhD Theses, the Serials Union Catalog of Greek libraries, the institutional repository of the NHRF ( and a thematic repository for the Humanities ( EKT has been National Contact Point for FP7 and currently for Horizon 2020 in several subject areas and the co-ordinator of the Greek branch of the Enterprise Europe Network. The organization also develops the National Information System for Research and Technology.

EKT is a pioneer of Open Access (OA) in Greece, having been the first Greek organisation to sign the Berlin Declaration on OA to Knowledge in the Sciences andHumanities in 2003. EKT is a strong supporter of open access as a means for social and economic development and is at the forefront of national and international open access initiatives that support the development and implementation of relevant policies for scientific and cultural data, including repositories, peer-reviewed electronic journals and CRIS. EKT activities for the promotion of OA in Greece include the creation of a relevant informational portal (, hosting numberous  international conferences (

EKT has been the coordinator of MedOANet (Mediterranean Open Access Network –, a partner of the RECODE project (Policy RECommendations for Open Access to Research Data in Europe – and the coordinator of PASTEUR4OA (Open Access Policy Alignment Strategies for European Union

Contact persons

  • Evi Sachini
  • Nikos Houssos
  • Panagiotis Stathopoulos
  • Margaritis Proedrou


FECYT, the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology, contributes to the strengthening of the Spanish science and technology system by adding value through the integration of scientific research and technological innovation activities, and cohesion between public and private institutions and bodies (government, science, industry, etc). The Foundation operates as a non-profit entity with functional autonomy.


Its mission is to provide flexible services to the Spanish science-technology-society system and to foster the international projection of Spanish research, in the European science arena in particular. Its strategic aims are: to promote activities of excellent technological research and development, to favour collaboration between national and international agents of science and technology system and to promote the social spreading of the scientific culture, as a tool of competitiveness and improvement of the life quality of citizens.


FECYT collaborates with the Ministry of Science and Innovation in the evaluation and monitoring of the R&D National Plan (2008-2011) as well as in the management of international programmes and projects. In this sense, even though FECYT is not a funding agency, it constitutes a powerful tool for the Ministry. Also, and due to its flexible structure, FECYT can provide the Ministry with professional science management teams, working groups, studies and policy reports that otherwise would be difficult to gather.


The role of the FECYT is to promote projects in the national and international arena that contribute to integrating the Ministry of Science and Innovation’s principal lines of action: university higher education; scientific research and innovation, scientific dissemination and scientific information management. It collaborates with the Ministry with the coordination of regional governments in S&T policy making. It operates and acts as an intermediary body for the Ministry with the relevant stakeholders in areas such as information management, scientific dissemination, R&D indicators, etc.

Contact persons

  • Pilar Rico Castro
  • Laura Valeria Bonora


Among present international co-operations are FECYT's participation in the European Network of Mobility Centres (EURAXESS), the ASPERA, ERA-NET Project, the ERA IB. ERA-NET Project and the NuPNET Project.

Ghent University

Ghent University has a history of being an early bird in Open access philosophy and spreading these ideas further, both on a national and international level. Home university of Herbert van de Sompel, developer of OAI-PMH, Ghent University was the first Belgian university (2003) to have an institutional repository, and has spread this idea through the country on national meetings and conferences. The expertise and enthusiasm allocated in the UGent library team, combined with their geographical and linguistic situation, and wide network, make them well-suited to be the regional OA Helpdesk. They could both offer practical as well as more strategic advice, as far as either the installation of a Helpdesk and the establishment of Open Access policies by repositories are concerned. It can also help setting up deposit guidelines assigned to the needs of researchers and technical teams.

UGent will inform about and guide to scientific communities in Belgium. Large Research centres in Belgium are e.g. ITG, IMEC, VLIZ and of course the universities and higher education schools. In addition, UGent could be a useful partner that builds further on the Belgian network e.g. by building an Open Access website in local languages and serving as a link between Belgium and ERA.

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Göttingen University

The Göttingen State and University Library (UGOE) is one of the largest libraries in Germany and a leader in the development of digital libraries. It plays a key role in leading the Networking Activities in the EC-funded DRIVER project, building the digital repository infrastructure for Europe. UGOE is one of the leading open access institutions and hosts open access initiatives in measuring usage statistics, reference linking, citation analysis etc. UGOE also hosts the secretariat of DINI (German Initiative for Networked Information). It has collaborated with the other group members to develop the DINI guidelines, "Certificate Document and Publication Repositories" and "Electronic Publishing in Higher Education". Moreover, UGOE coordinates the development of, a national information platform on Open Access (all information also available in English) and reaches out to expand over the German-speaking regions.

The role of UGOE in OpenAIRE would be strategic coordinator of Networking Activities, facilitating communication between partners in the project, leading the development of the European Helpdesk System, and contributing to the liaison with other related initiatives.
Contact persons
  • Norbert Lossau
  • Birgit Schmidt

Helsingin Yliopisto

Helsinki University Digital repository, HELDA, contains research articles as well as digital data and other types of digital objects (including student thesis and e-learning materials). The research articles are deposited to the open repository through university’s Research Information System.

 University of Helsinki has mandated depositing the peer-reviewed articles to university’s institutional repository. Due to reorganization of the repository architecture and building the connection with the RIS system, the mandate applies only to articles approved for publication from 1st January 2010 onwards.

In this project we are participating in WP 2 and 4.

Contact persons

  • Pauli Assinen, Helsinki University Library
  • Kimmo Koskinen, Helsinki University Library

Contact email address: openaccess-info [at]


Institute of Mathematics and Informatics at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IMI-BAS)

IMI–BAS as coordinator of the Bulgarian network and provides support to Bulgarian institutions and researchers. The annual Info Day on Open Access to Scientific Information, organized by the Institute, invites:

The initiative brings together professionals from research libraries, open scholarship organisations, national e-Infrastructure and data experts, IT and legal researchers, showcasing the truly collaborative nature of this pan-European endeavor.

  • representatives of national institutions (including the Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Transport, Information Technologies and Communication, Ministry of Culture) responsible for the development of open access policies;
  • representatives of Bulgarian institutions (research institutes and universities) active in the implementation of open access policy and programme.
Main Actions:
  • We are preparing an action plan for three years for Open Science and considering the next steps with the Minister of Education and Science. At the same time, we will begin talks with scientific publishers about preferential pubs for publishing open access

  • Presenting Bulgarian works in the area of open access and open science in the co-organized by the European Commission and the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union events.

  • Preparing Terms for Creating an Automated System and a National Portal (including Standards and Specifications) for Open Access to Scientific Information (link1)

  • Preparing an action plan to set up the Bulgarian Open Science Cloud (link2)

  • We spoke about OpenAIRE at “The European Open Science Cloud: Austria takes initiative” in Vienna, Austria, on 30 October 2018 which was co-organised by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research and the Library and Archive Services of the University of Vienna.We participate in the panel “The European Open Science Cloud. Domestic experiences vs the pan- European experiences” and presented the Bulgarian plans for the cloud.

  • We spoke about OpenAIRE at the International Data Week 2018 (IDW 2018) held on 5–8 November 2018 in Gaborone, Botswana. Hosted by the Botswana Open Science and Open Data Forum, IDW 2018 bring together data scientists, researchers, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, policymakers and data stewards from all disciplines and geographies across the globe. We presented our view Towards Pro-Innovative Models for Efficient Use and Continuing Development of the Digital Culture Ecosystems.

  • We spoke about OpenAIRE at the international conference “e-infrastructures for excellent science in southeast Europe and eastern Mediterranean”

  • We spoke about OpenAIRE at The Digital Assembly 2018 ( take place on 25 and 26 June in Sofia, Bulgaria.

  • We spoke about OpenAIRE at the organizing of the e-IRG workshop under Bulgarian EU Presidency. The workshop will take place on 14-15 May in Sofia, Bulgaria. A session dedicated to the current developments of the European Open Science Cloud is organized. The tentative agenda for the workshop in at:

  • We spoke about OpenAIRE at Europe’s leading e-infrastructures invite all researchers, developers and service providers to participate to the third edition of Digital Infrastructures for Research conference, which will be held this year in Lisbon, Portugal, at ISCTE University Institute of Lisbon, from 9 to 11 October 2018. The DI4R 2018 conference is jointly organised by EOSC-hub, GÉANT, OpenAIRE and PRACE.

The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS), being the coordinator of research in Bulgaria, intends to establish a network of scientific Open Access centres. IMI-BAS will be the key point repository in the Bulgarian network providing support for academic researchers.

In addition, the BAS will coordinate the Open Access initiatives in Bulgaria. BAS and IMI-BAS are publishers of several research journals. IMI-BAS is also the owner of several (old) journals of Mathematics (several thousand scanned pages), being the unique place to collect PhD dissertation in the fields of Computer Science and Mathematics.

Furthermore, workshops, training actions, communication events on the use of the infrastructure for scientific communities will be organised by IMI-BAS together with the Bulgarian Information Consortium (BIC) and Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics of Sofia University. This will raise the awareness amongst possible content providers and advise them on the use of the repositories.

The Eighth International Conference on Digital Presentation and Preservation of Cultural and Scientific Heritage - DiPP2018aims at presenting innovative results, research projects and applications in the field of digitisation, documentation, archiving, representation and preservation of global and national tangible and intangible cultural and scientific heritage. The main focus is to provide open access to digitised cultural heritage and to set up sustainable policies for its continuous digital preservation and conservation.

DiPP2018 Conference, Workshop on Open Access to Scientific Publications, Data and Data Science

DiPP2018 Conference

People in the BAS have experience from projects such as EU FP7 INF 211983 MONDILEX (2008–10): Conceptual Modelling of Networking of Centres for High-Quality Research in Slavic Lexicography and Their Digital Resources, FP6 INCO-CT-20030003401 HUBUSKA “Networking Centres of High Quality Research on Knowledge Technologies and applications” (2004−07) and MTKD-CT-2004-509754 KT-DigiCult-BG “Knowledge Transfer on the Digitisation of Cultural and Scientific Heritage to Bulgaria” (2004−08).
The Institute for Mathematics and Informatics (IMI) at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) was established in 1947. Since than it has been a leading Bulgarian centre for research and training of highly qualified specialists and exercising an efficient, long-range, consistent policy related to the fundamental trends in the development of mathematics, computer science and information technologies. IMI has a total staff of 238 (175 researchers, incl. 105 full and associate professors) in 21 departments.
IMI–BAS has close connections with other research, education and decision making centres from Bulgaria and abroad thus keeping track of the most recent trends and relevant problems. The main output of the research conducted at the IMI–BAS is a large number of original publications (about 250 scientific papers annually, some 160 of them in refereed journals and proceedings of prestigious international conferences). IT resources (including computer clusters, high-speed Internet connection, scientific databases, multimedia digital libraries). In 2007 in cooperation with Intel Education Bulgaria in IMI was established Intel Technology Innovation Centre for Advanced Software Engineering for work with multicore processors. The equipment of the Centre includes 4 multicore servers and 35 workstations.
The scientific work is carried out on 115 projects, grouped into 25 projects funded by BAS, 23 projects sponsored by the Bulgarian National Science Fund, 71 projects within international programmes. Seven scientific and methodological journals are published by the IMI or with its cooperation. Thanks to the high professionalism of its staff, the IMI is integrated into the global scientific community and enjoys well-deserved repute. Each year the Institute welcomes over 200 renowned foreign scholars, organises more than 10 scientific conferences, seminars and schools.
In the frames of Inter-Academic cooperation IMI has 29 bilateral projects with research institutions in the fallowing countries: Belgium (1), Germany (4), Italy (2), Israel (6), Hungary (5), Russia (6), Romania (2), Poland (1), Serbia (1), France (1), China (1), Japan (1). IMI’s research and training programmes are especially welcoming to interdisciplinary endeavours. IMI is developing Information technologies with respect to the global information society, software technologies, e-learning applications, human language technologies, digital libraries for presentation and preservation of digital cultural content, data protection and risk management, intelligent content management, semantic web services, semantic information processing (with the close cooperation of the Institute of Information Technologies). IMI promotes professional training and life-long learning with important social impact.

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Kauno technologijos universitetas

Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) is one of the largest technical universities in the Baltic States. KTU is a research and study leader in various fields and has a wide spectrum of research teams, working in interdisciplinary academic areas. The researchers of KTU take active participation in joint projects and perform research in areas of physical, technological and social sciences. KTU is a member of several international organizations, one of the establishers of the Strategic Consortium of the Baltic Universities of Science and Technology (BALTECH).
The background for the development of the national repository – Lithuanian Academic e-Library (eLABa) was made by implementing the project of Lithuanian Academic Libraries Network development. KTU was a key institution developing Lithuanian Academic Libraries Network (LABT) and creating Lithuanian Academic Electronic Library eLABa. The Lithuanian Academic Electronic Library (eLABa) is based on FEDORA, stores about 20 thousand objects in a repository, mainly ETD’s (15 thousand) and research publications.

The Library of Kaunas University of Technology is one of the largest academic libraries in Lithuania. The Library is the central unit providing information services and access to knowledge and information resources, actively participating in the research evaluation, management and dissemination of research output using database ‘KTU Research Publications’ and repository KTU ePubl.

The Library is a member of international (IATUL) and national (LMBA – Lithuanian Research Libraries Consortium) organizations. The Library also participates in the events where national repository and OA is presented.

Contact persons
Gintarė Tautkevičienė
Ieva Cesevičiūtė
Rasa Dovidonytė

Landspitali University Hospital

Landspitali - The National University Hospital of Iceland is threefold; service to patients, teaching and training of clinical staff and scientific research. The hospital offers diverse clinical services in outpatient clinics, day patient units, inpatient wards and clinical laboratories. The hospital's support offices provide a range of services related to human resources, finance and economics, information technology and operations.

Contact persons
Solveig Thorsteinsdottir

Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST)

Malta_MCST_logoThe Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) was established in 1988 by the Government to act as the national focal point for science and technology policy and has been responsible for identifying and addressing major science and technology challenges and issues of strategic importance for Malta, thereby contributing to the development of coherent and sustainable policy visions and initiatives.

It has taken a leading role in coordinating scientific research and technological policy measures and initiatives through the development of cross-ministerial joined-up policy approaches. It is responsible for implementing the National Strategic Plan for Research & Innovation 2007-2010 and manages the Research & Innovation Funding Programme for Malta.  The MCST’s main remit is to encourage increased public and private investments in science and research with a view to promoting a culture for science, technology and innovation. It supports a number of departments across ministries as well as other agencies and maintains close links with academia.

MCST supports the implementation of the Community Framework Programmes in Malta and fosters the participation of Maltese companies and research organisations in European and international research and technology programmes, initiatives and actions, particularly in the Framework Programme of the EU. As host for all National Contact Points (NCPs) of FP7, one of MCST’s main services are to create awareness on collaborative trans-national RTD, to offer information and consultancy on international research and technology programmes, and to give advice on criteria, modalities for participation and technical procedures related to project preparation and applications. Following from the successful participation attained in FP6, MCST is placing primary emphasis on encouraging and facilitating the participation of SMEs and local industry in the Seventh Framework Programme and to enhance Malta’s qualitative participation in FP.

Contact persons

  • Brian Warrington
  • Jennifer Cassingena Harper
  • Karen Fiorini
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