• to ensure effective, intensive, fruitful and sustainable collaboration between IGIC and twinned organisations;
  • to stimulate and facilitate the interchange of ideas between IGIC and twinned organisations;
  • to learn good practices from the work of partners’ centres.
Description of work
  • Task 1.1. Formation of multilateral twinning research teams of excellence on project topics A, B and C. Communication inside and between teams through collaborative software platform.
  • Task 1.2. Scheduling and organisation of thematic reciprocal expert visits in twinned organisations.
  • Task 1.3. Organisation of visits of IGIC’s experts in Centres of excellence at the twinned organisations.
  • Task 1.4. Organisation of discussions and virtual meetings with guest research experts.
  • Таsk 1.5. Preparation of programmes for the exchange of scientists between the partner organisations.
  • Task 1.6. Organisation of short-term exchanges between twinned organisations.
  • Task 1.7. Preparation of new joint research projects.
  • Task 1.8. Elaboration of Mid-term and Final reports of WP1
  • to enhance the scientific and innovation capacity of IGIC and twinned partners;
  • to raise the research profile of IGIC and partner organisations in the three priority topics;
  • to enhance the qualification, competitiveness and social status of young scientists.
Description of work: 
  • Task 2.1. Lectures delivered by twinned partners on:
    • Task 2.1.1. Advanced in situ/operando methods for analysis of catalysts and sorbents. Manufacturing of thin films and their characterisation. Modelling catalyst surfaces. Lecturers from ICMS and Imperial.
    • Task 2.1.2. Novel synthesis routes to design eco-compatible electrode materials. Ageing and fatigue of electrode materials. Surface- and interface analysis. Post-lithium ion batteries. Carbon-based energy materials. Composite materials for energy storage. Lecturers from IAM-ESS, Imperial and ICMS.
    • Task 2.1.3 Novel preparation methods of porous biomaterials. Formation of ultra-thin surface oxides on base metals. Raman spectroscopy studies on glasses and ceramics. Computation methods and their application to materials and nanotechnology. Lecturers from Imperial and ICMS.
  • Task 2.2. Lectures delivered by IGIC experts on:
    • Task 2.2.1. IGIC’s achievements on materials and thin films for environmental protection: (i) application of isotopes in in-situ FTIR studies; (ii) FTIR assessing acidity of weakly acidic hydroxyls; (iii) lowering the gap between catalytic and spectroscopic studies.
    • Task 2.2.2. IGIC’s achievements on materials for clean energy storage: (i) lithium versuspolyvalent ion intercalation – hybrid metal ion systems for energy storage; (ii) electrode materials for post-lithium ion batteries: EPR and NMR characterisation; (iii) polyanion compounds as electrode materials for hybrid metal ion batteries.
    • Task 2.2.3 IGIC’s achievements on ceramics/bioceramics and glasses for better life; (i) non-traditional glasses as optic media; (ii) kinetics and thermodynamic modelling of biomimetic systems for synthesis of calcium phophates biomaterial; (iii) quantum chemical modelling of systems with desirable optoelectronic properties.
  • Task 2.3. Face-to-face on-site practice training of IGIC scientists in Imperial, IAM-ESS and ICMS. election of visitors will be based on their motivation letters.
  • Task 2.4. Virtual training of the ICIG specialists on advanced methods and approaches of materials characterisation and manufacturing – permanent.
  • Task 2.5. Conducting of internships of members of twinned organisations in IGIC laboratories.
  • Task 2.6. Organisation of summer schools on:
    • Task 2.6.1 Methods, 5 days, scheduled for the first year of the project, Imperial
    • Task 2.6.2 OperaCat: 5 days, scheduled for the second year of the project, ICMS,
    • Task 2.6.3 NanoSciece@Surfaces, 5 days, scheduled for the third year of the project, Imperial
  • Task 2.7. Organisation of Global Postgraduate Retreats on:
    • Task 2.7.1 Teams and Communication: 2 days, scheduled the first year of the project, Imperial
    • Task 2.7.2 Impact and Influence: 2 days, scheduled for the second year of the project, Imperial.
  • Task 2.8. Selection of external participants in the summer schools and courses (CV and motivation letter).
  • Task 2.9. Elaboration of Mid-term and Final reports of WP2.
  • to renew the scientific staff of IGIC;
  • to prepare a new generation of scientists for realisation in newly built centres of competence and excellence in Bulgaria.   
Description of work:
  • Task 3.1. Procedure for appointments of new early-stage researchers: interview, selection and appointment.
  • Task 3.2. Selecting of supervisors/mentors of new early-stage researchers.
  • Task 3.3. Preparation, updating and implementation of individual programmes for each early-stage researcher. 
  • Task 3.4. Organisation of periodical evenings pop-up materials science.
  • Task 3.5. Exploring the existing student networks in ICL, IAM-EES and ICMS. 
  • Task 3.6. Conducting extracurricular classes with students and pupils.
  • Task 3.7. Conducting student’ internship.
  • Task 3.8. Preparation and conducting of survey “Why Chemistry of Materials”, “Where after Scientific Title”, “Entrepreneurs in Science”.
  • Task 3.9. Organisation of meetings with realized in career young scientists.
  • Task 3.10. Preparation of Mid-term and Final reports of WP3.
  • to ensure project visibility to a broad scientific, business and social audience;
  • to raise European public awareness of the role of materials science plays for resolving the global challenges;
  • to spread the project excellence towards National centres of excellence and Regional research centres in synchrony with Bulgaria’s Smart Specialisation Strategy.
Description of work:
  • Task 4.1. Updating of the draft Plan for Results Dissemination and Exploitation;
  • Task 4.2. Preparation of joint publications in peer-reviewed journals on materials science from the first quartile(Q1) including ‘gold’ open access mode;
  • Task 4.3. Attendance to conferences and scientific meetings at both national and international level;
  • Task 4.4. Organisation of workshops:
    • Task 4.4.1. Operando Workshop: 3 days, scheduled for first year of the project, IAM-ESS
    • Task 4.4.2 SizeMat:  3 days, scheduled for the second year of the project, IGIC.
  • Task 4.5. PR activities for mass and media communications;
  • Task 4.6. Organisation of IGIC open-days – each year;
  • Task 4.7. Outreach activities: organisation of professional-quality exhibition “Insight into materials functioning”;
  • Task 4.8. Outreach activities: organisation of briefings with policy makers and discussion seminars and meetings with and representatives of national Centres of excellence, Regional research centres and business clusters for the transfer of the good practices acquired under the project;
  • Task 4.9. Presentations at European Researcher’s Night, organized in Bulgaria and Spain at the end of September of every year.
  • Task 4.10. Elaboration of Mid-term and Final reports of WP4.
  • to organize and control the whole administrative and financial activities of the project, as well as its performance over time and tasks;
  • to carry out regular contacts with EC representatives;
  • to ensure a sustainable cooperation between the partners beyond the project.
Description of work:
  • Task 5.1. Organisation of the Kick-off, Mid-term and Final meetings of the Scientific Committee, Executive Board and Advisory Board, as well as a Closing Conference for all project participants.
  • Task 5.2. Elaboration and adoption of Consortium Agreement for tasks and funds distribution and intellectual property protection.
  • Task 5.3. Keeping contacts with WPs leaders, Thematic Leaders and the Consortium as a whole, as well as with EC representatives. Organizing regular meetings, virtual discussions and keeping e-mail contacts with Scientific Committee and Executive Board. Selection of software platform for on-line work team collaboration;
  • Task 5.4. Organisation and elaboration of the TwinTeam logo.
  • Task 5.5. Elaboration and maintenance of a project web site with related links to European Commission programmes (H2020, etc.) and partner organisations;
  • Task 5.6. Elaboration and maintenance of an account of the TwinTeam project in social networks (such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) for visualisation of the project activities;
  • Task 5.7. Administrative and financial management from the start to the end of the project. Organisation of the audit procedure;
  • Task 5.8. Preparation of a summary assessment of the implementation of WP5 and of all project activities. Mid-term and Final Activity reports and Financial reports.
  • Task 5.9. Final assessment by the Advisory Board

The work plan is organized into five WPs, each focusing on the implementation of a specific task following the logical links between the different coordination and support actions: twinning, training, competitiveness, visibility, management.