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EUR 3.6 million for life science project in Baltic Sea region

German-Scandinavian project to boost tumour treatment, antibiotic resistance and diagnostics

The European Territorial Cooperation INTERREG has awarded EUR 3.6 million to the German-Scandinavian “Hanseatic League of Science (HALOS)” research project that includes academic and corporate partners from Germany, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark and the University of Hamburg. The alliance will benefit especially from the co-operation of the research institutes Max IV, the European Spallation Source (ESS), DESY, and European XFEL, whose radiation sources will make innovative research possible.

Establishing research opportunities

The HALOS project will forge even closer scientific co-operation in the Baltic Sea Region, initiated by the Baltic Science Network (BSN) and established by the Ministry for Science, Research and Equality. The BSN has developed transnational strategies for research and innovation excellence in the region through workshops, surveys and studies on “Life Sciences, Photon and Neutron Science & Future of the Welfare State”. HALOS is a first practical implementation of these strategies.

Baltic Sea strategy

“Short-seed” or six-month research projects are being planned as part of HALOS, which will be headed by biophysicist Prof. Dr. Arwen Pearson, 41, at the University of Hamburg. The participating regions will host an exchange programme for researchers and forums. Pearson said: “This funding is a great opportunity for the life sciences community in Hamburg and in southern Scandinavia. We can make ideal use of the regions’ outstanding infrastructure.” INTERREG is an European Regional Development Fund programme. Now in its twentieth year, it aims to boost co-operation between the European member states and neighbouring non-EU countries. js/pb

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