During the last edition of the 6th Technology and Instrumentation in Particle Physics (TIPP 2023), the ATTRACT project was presented by Pablo García Tello who shared some of the lessons learnt during the two phases of this project that could prove insightful for understanding the process of managing R&D&I Innovation Ecosystems.
The TIPP conference was held on September 4-8th, 2023, in Cape Town, South Africa, and its goal is to provide a stimulating atmosphere for scientists and engineers from around the world. In this edition, it was focused on all the areas of detector development and instrumentation in particle physics, astroparticle physics, nuclear physics, and cosmology, among many others.
A project to foster the transition from the lab to the market
ATTRACT, which was presented in the session on Technology and Knowledge Transfer, started with phase 1, where 170 projects were funded to achieve Technology Readiness Level 3 (TRL 3) and through quantitative and qualitative evaluation, it has proved to be successful.
“Now that we are in phase 2, there are 18 projects coming from the first phase that will reach a stage around TRL 7 thanks to public funding. At that point, they will be sufficiently de-risked to become more attractive to private funders,” explained Pablo García Tello, Section Head of the Development of EU Projects & Initiatives at CERN.
Furthermore, there are more opportunities for novel talent in Europe since around 500 students will participate side by side with researchers, and through the socioeconomic studies, it will be possible to have insights into the impact of ATTRACT.
It should be noted that during the same session, Massimo Caccia presented Random Power, one of the R&D&I projects from ATTRACT phase 2. This project aims to develop a platform of devices for random bit stream generation.
Here you can see the presentation of Pablo García Tello.