Today, the ATLANTIC consortium got a bad surprise. One key beneficiary of the Marie Curie RISE project “ATLANTIC” learnt from their headquarters, linked with the French Ministry of Defense, that their right to participate into the ATLANTIC project was withdrawn. The ATLANTIC consortium will soon take decision on the way to mitigate the consequences of this “Force Majeure” case. All the secondments linked to the CNRS-CELIA will be rerouted and reaffected after negociation with Management Committee.
On this day of initially planned Brexit, the Visegrad 4 consortium organized a day of training on Marie Curie Actions in various representative houses of the EU commission.
In that occasion, T. Derrien was invited to provide a feedback from his experience with the Horizon 2020 Marie Curie Actions on Individual Fellowship, and RISE program.
Final program of the training is available here.
The ATLANTIC project of the European Commission stands for developing an “Advanced theoretical network for modeling light matter interaction”.
Since March 1st 2019, the ATLANTIC project, which aims at developing an international network and regular exchanges between theoreticians of laser materials interaction all around the world, has started. The international consortium is composed of 11 countries including 6 members of the EU (Bulgaria, Ireland, Czech Republic, France, United Kingdoms and Germany) along with 5 non-EU countries (Japan, Russia, Bielorussia, Argentina and Uzbekistan) for a total of 13 participants. The Bulgarian group is coordinator of the project.
Purpose of the project is to exchange researchers (permanents, post-docs and PhD students) between teams that have been pioneering various methods of numerical modeling for the description of interaction of laser light with materials. The project is funded by the European Commission, under the Horizon 2020 Marie Curie Actions, “Research and Innovation Staff Exchange” program, and comprises prestigious theoretical groups such as the groups of:
- Prof. Eric Suraud (CNRS Toulouse),
- Prof. J. Kohanoff (Queen’s University of Belfast),
- Prof. Tchavdar Todorov (Queen’s University of Belfast),
- Prof. Kazuhiro Yabana (Tsukuba University),
- Prof. Cristian Sanchez (Mendoza, Argentina),
- Prof. Nadezhda M. Bulgakova (HiLASE Centre, Institute of Physics, Prague, Czech Republic),
- Prof. Andrew Horsfield (Imperial College London, UK),
- Prof. Anton Husakou (Max Born Institute, Berlin),
- Prof. Mikhail Fedoruk (Novosibirsk State University),
- Prof. Olga Fedotova (Minsk, Bielorussia),
- Prof. Guillaume Duchateau (CNRS Bordeaux, France),
- and Prof. Tzveta Apostolova (New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria), coordinator of the project.
The project looks forward to ensuring highest standards in term of scientific quality, ethics and diplomacy in view of training future generations of scientists with the best human and scientific standards.
The consortium will meet at the New Bulgarian University (Sofia, Bulgaria) this week, for the project kickoff meeting.
A new website will be opened for the ATLANTIC project soon.
Today, I submitted my application for ERC starting grant! Of course, I won’t disclose the topic for now, but it is exciting to have applied !
If granted, I would get 2 PhD students and 2 post docs over 5 years. Finger crossed!
Going back to writing the pending publications.
Outfalls of the Publons.com award has brought attention from an impressive freelance scientific journalist (Dalmeet Singh writes articles for most prestigious journals like Science, Nature, …) who kindly invited me to contribute to his article via giving an email interview about the peer review process. It resulted into a rich article that has been published in Undark Magazine, an american journal that is funded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, USA).
T. Derrien was awarded with Publons.com award for “the top 1% of reviewers in each field who performed the most verified pre-publication peer reviews on Publons for the 2018 global Peer Review Awards.”
This emphasizes the high involvment of scientists into the evaluation process for increasing the quality of science. It also acknowledges the high curiosity and the altruistic qualities that are required for a peer-review process of quality.
On Publons.com website, the award is described as follows.
“The top 1% of reviewers in each of the 22 Essential Science Indicators (ESI) research fields. Rankings are calculated by number of verified pre-publication reviews performed and added to Publons between 1 September 2017 and 1 September 2018. Reviews were attributed to a ESI field based on the journal the review was performed for. We added a 23rd field, “Assorted”, to celebrate reviewers whose contributions were for the small amount of journals on Publons could not be directly matched to an ESI field.
We used the ESI field categorisation because these are broad research areas that align with the Web of Science — the most trusted citation index for scientific and scholarly research.”
Application for permanent position
In early January 2018, I applied for a CNRS Junior Researcher position (Section 04/03: atoms, molecules, plasmonics) and reached the last stage of selection: oral presentations. Over 88 submitted applications, 33 people were interviewed. Only 10 people were kept in the priority list, where only 1 person got permanent position at CNRS.
Accepted MSCA RISE project proposal
In early 2018, I participed in drafting a RISE Marie Curie proposal named ATLANTIC. It has been selected for funding on June 18th. We are preparing the Grant Agreement phase. The project counts 13 partners in the world and an average budget of 950,000 € including 100,000 € for Hilase Centre for training young scientists in advanced theoretical modeling for laser-matter interaction. More details will be given when Grant Agreement will be signed.
Submitted a Czech proposal
In April 2018, we submitted jointly with Prof. Gurevich (RUB, Germany) and Dr. Yoann Levy (HiLASE Centre, Czech Republic) a joint DFG/GAČR proposal where both Prof. Gurevich and Dr. Derrien are principal investigators.
Accepted conference proceeding
In June 2018, a joint conference proceeding on the excitation of surface plasmon polaritons in lossy materials was accepted for publication in Journal of Physics: IOP conference series (IOP).
Accepted publication with Jena University
In July 2018, we submitted a joint research publication with Dr. Stephan Gräf from Jena University. This publication was promised in the MSCA QuantumLaP final report.
It is now accepted for publication in Materials, Impact factor 2.7.
Preparation of several publications
Several publications promised in the final report are under preparation. Stay tuned!
Preparation of ERC starting grant is on the way.
The public summary of the project has been published on the EU server CORDIS.
The link is also available in the menu bar of the website, in the section “Publications”.
After having reported these results in international conferences (AES 2017 South Korea, COLA 2017 France, Ultrafast Optics 2017 Moscow), having been published in Czech public media (Novinky.cz, Technical Weekly CZ, Ceske Televize 24), it was time to report this success story at the HiLASE Centre (FZU Prague). The seminar duration was 45 minutes and the time was shared between T.J.-Y. Derrien, Y. Levy and I. Mirza.
Seminar abstract is available on the HiLASE website: PDF.
In line with the WP 3 of the Marie Curie project QuantumLaP, T. J.-Y. Derrien is joining the group of Prof. Angel Rubio from March 1st 2018 to develop further the quantum theory of laser-matter interaction. He will be spending 70% of his time in the Theory Group of Max Planck Institute for Structure and Dynamics of Matter (Hamburg) and supporting the HiLASE (Prague) activities by 30% of the time.