• Programme: Horizon 2020, Twinning
  • Period: 01/2016-12/2018
  • Funding amount: €1 million, of which €167.500 for Bavaria
  • Coordinator: INFLPR, Romania
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Developing excellence in Romania

Some Eastern European countries lag behind in terms of research and innovation performance, as a report from the EU Commission shows. The twinning concept of Horizon 2020 is specifically designed for such regions.

These countries are expected to catch up through cooperation with excellent institutions in other EU countries. Under the EU project LASIG-TWIN (Laser Ignition - A Twinning Collaboration for Frontier Research in Eco-Friendly Fuel-Saving), Romania’s National Institute for Laser, Plasma and Radiation Physics (INFLPR) has formed connections with the University of Bayreuth, the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Mechanics, the University of Liverpool (UK) and the National Center for Scientific Research (France). On the scientific side, the aim is the further development of laser ignition, a promising alternative to conventional spark plugs in internal combustion engines to obtain performance and emission advantages. In terms of structural policy, the focus is on increasing the excellence and innovative capacity of the INFLPR, exploiting the results industrially and raising the Institute’s international profile. The project partners plan to achieve this goal through, among other things, excellence teams, a well-developed training and lecture programme, staff exchanges, technology workshops and meetings with industry. LASIG-TWIN recently succeeded in bringing the world-famous Laser Ignition Conference 2017 to Romania – a real coup for the project.


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  • Information about budget calculation
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  • Cooperation with the Office of Research Funding at the University of Bayreuth


Prof. Dr. Dieter Brüggemann

Prof. Dr. Dieter Brüggemann
Chair of Technical Thermodynamics and Transport Processes
University of Bayreuth (UBT)
LASIG-TWIN Project partner
Phone: +49 (0)921 55-7160

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