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Visit of Mr. Robert-Jan Smits, Director General for Research and Innovation of the EC

2017 - 04 - 28 - HiLase_Robert Jan Smits_foto skys (6) - kopieOn Friday, April 28th, 2017, the Director General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission, Mr. Robert-Jan Smits together with  Mrs. Martina Dlabajova, the Czech Member of the European Parliament visited HiLASE Centre.
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The honoured guests were welcomed by the new Director of the Institute of Physics, Dr. Michael Prouza. The Head of HiLASE Centre, Dr. Tomas Mocek, introduced the mission and vision of the Centre and its research activities. He also presented the ambitious goals of the new flagship project „HiLASE – Centre of Excellence“ which is the first project in the Czech Republic to be funded under the „Widespread Teaming “programme within Horizon 2020.  Mr. Smits and Mrs. Dlabajova had the opportunity to visit clean laser development labs and the application areas. To express his support, Mr. Robert-Jan Smits gave a salutatory speech to the HiLASE team congratulating on their tremendous success to win the prestigious Teaming project that proves the excellence of the HiLASE CoE project team. He added: “It clearly shows that scientific excellence has no borders in Europe.” Mr. Smits also highlighted the importance of this new Teaming instrument and the very high expectations from the European Commission.

The visit was concluded by the fruitful discussion with the new Vice President of the Czech Academy of Sciences, prof. Jan Ridky, Dr. Prouza and Dr. Mocek on synergy between HiLASE and ELI Beamlines laser centres.

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(Source: Stanislava Kyselová, CAS)