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CHARME consist of 5 interaction Working Groups

WG 1 Community/platform-building
WG2 Innovation transfer
WG3 Design, implementation, and incorporation of software solutions
WG4 Development of a strategic dissemination
WG5 Educational advertising


WG 1 Community/platform-building

WG lead: Ugur Sezerman (Turky)

WG co-lead: Martin Golebiewski (DE)


CHARME will develop a network of stakeholder groups involved in standardisation to allow exchange and harmonisation of activities. It will identify and combine the players, coordinating and developing capacity-building programmes by including existing activities and avoiding duplication of efforts. The platform will be integrated with other initiatives to increase the visibility of this work. WG1 will be responsible for providing continuous updates on the latest information and activities. In addition, it will develop a list of competences and skills needed in inter- and multidisciplinary settings, tailored to the specific needs of each domain and enabling coordination of specific activities/programmes across domains. CHARME will leverage the potential of external stakeholders and raise their awareness of the importance of quality management and standardisation, creating and maintaining links with the network in order to develop a common strategy


WG2 Innovation transfer

WG Lead: Andreas Kremer (Luxembourg)

WG Co Lead: Ray Walshe (Ireland)

Development of an Action Plan for quality management and standardisation to cope with challenges in industrial applications for the European Research Area. The first tier of the Action is provided by WG2, which will interact with end-users of technologies, and pinpoint gaps and new challenges in the transfer from research to application. With the help of round-table talks, it will ensure that needs and rules for applications will be considered and implemented in the road map and in training programmes (WG4, 5). Experts in WG2 will systematically analyse the results from WG1, and will develop an implementation strategy for how standardisation could support Europe in the exploration of innovation potential and technology transfer processes in life sciences.


WG3 Design, implementation, and incorporation of software solutions

WG lead: Chris Evelo (Netherlands)

WG Co-lead: Witold Rudniki (Poland)


The next tier will coordinate the activities needed to develop common solutions for the identified challenges. A catalogue of harmonised and new standards will help to bridge currently disconnected scientific disciplines to achieve a breakthrough that requires an overarching interdisciplinary approach. This aim can only be achieved as a joint activity of all stakeholders. WG3 will strongly interact with existing standards initiatives and teams, and where possible will close gaps. It will assess different databases, models and experts for activities, reports, guidelines and recommendations. This WG will work to realise the needs identified in WG1 and 2. Results of WG3 will be shared and discussed with key stakeholders and standardisation bodies. The development and proposal of specific standards in data integration will be the final deliverables.


WG4 Development of a strategic dissemination

WG lead: Domenica d’Elia (Italy)

WG Co-lead: Babette Regierer (Germany)


An efficient strategy for dissemination and implementation of standards will help achieve Europe leadership in standardisation across all life science areas. This WG aims to co-ordinate current research efforts and co-develop a common research roadmap on quality management and standardisation. The main approaches and basic actions for dissemination of the results will include development of the Action website, which will be an important information platform (e.g., for training information, the project plan and progress). The website will be updated on a regular basis, and will optimise communication with the wider public (in cooperation with WG1 and 6). The platform will be integrated with other quality-management and standardisation initiatives to increase the visibility of the work. Existing and future material will be provided in a download area. The main ongoing activities and research agendas, recommendations and reports will be included to establish an interdisciplinary research roadmap. Publications with multiple co-authors in international peer reviewed journals are also expected. In close cooperation with all other WGs, this WG will develop a dissemination strategy, updating members and the broader public via the website, the mailing list and publications (e.g., through articles in industrial, pharmaceutical and medical journals, popular science magazines and newspapers) to extend the outreach of our results. A flyer will be designed at the project outset, outlining its scientific objectives, its members, references to the training site in their talks or poster presentations (at ICMB-, FEBS-, Gordon and/or EMBO conferences, etc.). An interim report will describe activities and results to date. The final report will describe the project as a whole, including new experiences gained in CHARME and a full list of publications. Workshops, (international) conferences and other network meetings represent an excellent means for discussing the results within CHARME and their dissemination to external researchers.


WG5 Educational advertising

WG Lead: Kristina Gruden (Slowenia)

WG Co-Lead: Markus Frohme (Germany)


This WG will assure that all knowledge produced in the Action will be converted into forms suitable for educational purposes, and several educational events (hack-a-thons/SOP writing) will be organised. STSMs will be established to foster scientific collaboration and exchanges between the participating institutes. STSMs are a major tool for disseminating know-how to ESRs and for promoting collaborations; thus, although ESRs are the principal target, experienced scientists can also apply if an STSM will provide unique opportunities in the context of CHARME. Suitable candidates will be selected following an application process and assessment by the MC. In addition to STSMs, summer schools and workshops will be organised. For all training activities, particular efforts will be made to utilise and synergise with existing infrastructures (including, but not limited to, the Training e-Support System (TeSS) being developed by ELIXIR, and GOBLET’s Training Portal), to avoid costly and unnecessary duplication of effort. WG 5 will be responsible for developing an interactive learning and communication platform for sharing “best practices” and new information on quality management and standardisation between all domains. WG5 will also organise meetings for sharing best research practices relating to the objectives of the Action. Attention will be given to new educational programmes, such as demonstration projects in quality management in participating member countries and for other key stakeholders. The Action participants have expertise on a wide range of state-of-the-art methodologies and technologies; these teaching activities hence provide unique opportunities to disseminate this knowledge to ESRs in Europe, promoting scientific excellence in data management and analysis in the field of systems.


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