Candidacy Letter for the DIRECTION of the ALISTORE-ERI network
Following the call launched on Sept. 28th 2017, we are honored to present you our willingness to take over the scientific direction of ALISTORE. We indeed deeply know and acknowledge the importance of this network that has shaped positively the scientific life of many of us since its creation within EU-FP6 in 2004 and the very successful continuation as an ERI. It must be our common credo to keep the spirit and goals of this network high.
Indeed, we share and wish to further strengthen the values of academic and industrial collaboration within Europe to actively together generate scientific ideas, projects, and achievements within our excellent network. It is our sincere aim to continue to provide the best international opportunities for next young generation of scientists we educate, train and employ. Ultimately, this serves to strengthen European research activities to allow for the needed expansion of batteries in our society in a wide sense, e.g. establishing large scale battery production in Europe, electrified vehicles overtaking fossil, large-scale storage of renewable energy, etc.
With this in mind, many of us met on March 30th 2017 for an “extraordinary” meeting in Paris organized by Rosa Palacin and Patrice Simon, prior to the Bath ALISTORE meeting in June 2017. Concerns had been raised in Warsaw in Dec. 2016 by both the Industrial Club and the Academic Members about the long term vision and sustainability of ALISTORE. The legal terms, the financial situation, possible new memberships, new thematic groups towards battery systems and
applied research were evoked. From this, the format of our bi-annual meetings was rejuvenated, towards more of a workshop style meeting with invited talks besides those of ALISTORE co-shared PhDs and Post-Docs. The positive momentum hereby created serves excellently for the future (incl. improvements) of ALISTORE-ERI.
With all of the above as a base, a strong collaborative spirit, and the heavy responsibility of pursuing the legacy of Jean- Marie Tarascon, Rosa Palacin and Patrice Simon, who we warmly thank for their dedication (as well as Anne Charbonnier, Cédric Chazel and Alister Main), the three of us propose our candidacy to you as follows:
Christian MASQUELIER (UPJV Amiens, France) as Director, in charge of CNRS reporting and of educational affairs
Robert DOMINKO (NIC Ljubljana, Slovenia) as Deputy Director, in charge of representing ALISTORE in EU frameworks (FP9, battery alliance, ...)
Patrik JOHANSSON (Chalmers Univ., of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden) as Deputy Director, in charge of consolidating and expanding ALISTORE partnerships, industrial and academic
We will be happy to present our planned agenda during the next bi-annual meeting in Amiens (Dec. 12-13) and count on
your support and valuable input.
With warm regards
Christian MASQUELIER, Robert DOMINKO and Patrik JOHANSSON