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NCU international grants

Ultra-stable optical oscillators from quantum coherent and entangled systems (USOQS)

Ultra-stable optical oscillators from quantum coherent and entangled systems (USOQS)

Optical clocks require more stable optical oscillators to accelerate the redefinition of the SI second, bring excellent fundamental science to metrology and enable applications for innovative sensors in clock-based geodesy.

The overall objective of this project is to realise a new generation of ultra-stable optical oscillators which take advantage of quantum technologies. This implies a knowledge transfer in theoretical and experimental quantum manipulation from quantum optics and quantum computing, to the optical frequency metrology field.

While the application of quantum measurement strategies in atomic clocks and sensors via multi-particle and light-matter interactions is at the proof-of-principle stage, this project will implement and further develop state-of-the-art quantum measurement strategies on optical oscillators of metrological relevance. It will impact on metrology and sensing with cold atomic systems and optical devices, as well as in those techniques used in scalable quantum information processing and simulation.

Partner institutions:
Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica, Italy
NPL Management Limited, United Kingdom
Observatoire de Paris, France
Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Germany
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche,Italy
Fundacio Institut de Ciencies Fotoniques, Spain
Kobenhavns Universitet, Denmark
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany
University of Durham, United Kingdom
Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika w Toruniu, Poland


Boosting Plant-Endophyte Stability, Compatibility and Performance across scales (BestPass)

BestPass is an Innovative Training Network (ITN) funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 676480. This project brings together major research groups from leading universities, research institutes and key biotechnology companies constituting a highly innovative and multidisciplinary consortium from 6 European countries and New Zealand. The Best Pass consortia consists of 12 beneficiaries, 7 partner organisations and 5 Advisory Board members. Our University is represented by Dr hab. Katarzyna Hrynkiewicz, prof. NCU. (Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection).

Overall objectives: Plant endophytic microorganisms can improve plant yield and enhance plant tolerance to stresses under experimental conditions, but these effects are often not sufficiently stable for practical application. Hence the question arises on how do we boost the stability and reliability of the positive effects of endophytes in plants?

The overall objectives of the project is to understand the genetic basis of beneficial interactions between crops (tomato, potato, grass) and endophytes and basis of phenotypic plasticity at all interaction levels from the cellular to the field environment. Gain knowledge of the molecular mechanisms underlying the effects of endophytes, including intra and inter-kingdom exchange and distribution of resources (nutrients), signalling and possibly regulation between and inside the partners, the mutual induced production of secondary metabolites and the environmental cues which influence crop-endophyte interactions. The genetic variation and its plasticity in host and microbe will be exploited to establish crop breeding and inoculum production processes for boosting the establishment and stability of plant-microbe mutualisms to benefit crop development and quality, mitigate stress tolerance and insect-pathogen resistance.

BestPass provides an unique opportunity to 15 young researchers through PhD fellowships, secondments, open masterclasses and seminars who will obtain the knowledge and skills needed to develop and utilize new technologies for understanding and using endophytes to improve plant productivity.

Title of doctoral thesis at our Faculty: "Effect of Endophytes in adaptation of plants to salinity"

Principal supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Katarzyna Hrynkiewicz, Department of Microbioogy, Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland,

PhD student: Bliss Ursula Furtado

Project funding: Boosting Plant-Endophyte Stability, Compatibility and Performance across scales (BestPass, ) is an International Training Network (ITN) funding by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 676480.



E-RIHS PP is a project devoted specifically to the preparation of E-RIHS, the European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science (HS), one of the six new projects which entered the ESFRI Roadmap in 2016, and the only research infrastructure project in the Social and Cultural Innovation section of the Roadmap. E-RIHS will help the preservation of the World’s Heritage by enabling cutting-edge research in HS, liaising with governments and heritage institutions to promote its constant development and, finally, raising the appreciation of the large public for cultural and natural heritage and the recognition of its historic, social and economic significance. E-RIHS PP will last three years. The first two will be used to address governance, financial aspects, legal documents and logistics. This will lead to a business plan ready for application to ERIC, or to another suitable legal form, by 2019. The last year will be devoted to negotiations with stakeholders, based on the agreed instruments, further strategic planning and to start up of activities for entering the transition phase. E-RIHS will hopefully be launched as a standalone European Research Infrastructure in 2021.

RadioNet H2020

RadioNet H2020

Centre for Astronomy of N. Copernicus University is equipped with a 32-metre radio telescope with cryogenic – hence supersensitive – receivers. It is the only facility of this kind and of this class in Central-Eastern Europe. It is a part of the network set up by means of connecting radio telescopes around the globe into a single virtual instrument enabling observations of radio-wave-emitting astronomical objects with a milliarcsecond angular resolution. Such fine resolution attained owing to the so-called very long baseline interferometry (VLBI) is not achievable by any other observational technique used in modern astronomy.

The European radio astronomical observatories are members of the European VLBI Network (EVN), a consortium formed in 1980 and now including a total of 14 institutes. Our observatory is a member of the EVN ever since. RadioNet H2020For more details, please refer to .

Our activities within the EVN are partly supported by Radionet, a consortium integrating the world-class infrastructures for research in radio astronomy at European level. For more details about Radionet, please refer to .



IPERION CH is a consortium of 24 partners from 15 countries that aims at establishing a unique European research infrastructure for restoration and conservation of Cultural Heritage. The unusualness of the project is that it offers to the institutions involved in preservation of Cultural Heritage across Europe the free access to a wide range of high-level scientific instruments, methodologies, data and tools for advanced knowledge and innovation in the field, supplemented by an hands-on training camps and doctoral schools. IPERION CH Joint Research Activities are focused on cutting-edge diagnostics for improving above mentioned access services and tools. The consortium foresees promising scientific and technological advancements that can also foster innovation potential and eventually lead to broader impact through involvement of SMEs. IPERION CH JRA address the current needs of the research community, aiming to: (a) advance techniques and instruments for non-invasive stratigraphic analyses, (b) integrate analytical techniques in new portable instruments and imaging devices, optimizing mobile diagnostics, (c) advance diagnostic techniques for efficient monitoring of deterioration and conservation treatments, (d) improve methods for analyses of organic components in historical and archaeological samples, (e) unify digital tools and protocols for storing, re‐using and sharing multi-format scientific cultural heritage data.