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This newsletter provides regular updates to the ICOS RI community as well as all those interested in ICOS activities.
ICOS celebrates the first anniversary of being ERIC

ICOS Research Infrastructure had a very busy year since it was granted European Research Infrastructure Consortium status by the European Commission in November 2015.

The past year has witnessed ICOS internal management structure been finalized by signing the Central Facilities Agreements, the Networks becoming operational by labelling the stations and ICOS data life cycle being well-developed.

- It is exciting to see that we have made so much impact in a year when we mostly concentrated on finalizing our operations. Reaching both goals is a great success that fills me with gratitude to the ICOS community. I am sure that this great community will keep the momentum during the next years, said ICOS ERIC Director General Werner Kutsch.

Since November 2015 ICOS has contributed to numerous high-level events including UN COP21 & COP22 and hosted a successful 2nd international ICOS Science Conference in Helsinki in September 2016 with over 250 attendees from all over the world.

ICOS ERIC also reached an important milestone in the first quarter of 2016, as it was recognized as a Landmark by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). Being a Landmark has also opened possibilities to be further supported in the Horizon 2020 programme by the European Commission. 


Director General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission Robert-Jan Smits handed out the official plate to the Finnish Minister of Education and Culture Sanni Grahn-Laasonen and ICOS DG Werner Kutsch, in November 2015.

More stories on the first year of ICOS ERIC:

Happy Birthday, ICOS ERIC!
ICOS ERIC Director-General Werner Kutsch blog

"ICOS is a basic brick in the overall global measurements system"
Interview with ICOS ERIC General Assembly Chair Jean-Marie Flaud
ICOS at UN COP22: Observing the Arctic

The UNFCCC's 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP22) in November 2016 saw a strong participation from the ICOS delegation. 

At the COP22 in Marrakesh, ICOS coordinated a side event in the Arctic Day organised by the NordForsk, to emphasise the need and importance of comprehensive and well-organized scientific research infrastructures and observing networks on greenhouse gases in the Arctic region.

Watch the ICOS side event 'Observing the Arctic – Data and knowledge from Research Infrastructures and Arctic Observing Networks’ broadcast.

ICOS also took part in the COP22 Earth Information Day aimed at connecting the systematic observation community to the Paris Agreement. ICOS ERIC DG Werner Kutsch gave an oral presentation ‘The GEO Initiative on Carbon and Greenhouse Gases – Integration across domains’ as well as presented a poster on GEO's efforts in support of the Paris Agreement on behalf of the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO).
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GEO Carbon and GHG Initiative launched at GEO Plenary

The ICOS delegation took part in the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) XIII Plenary organised in St. Petersburgh, Russia in November 2016 as well as presented ICOS at the European Commission's GEO Exhibition area.

During the GEO Plenary, ICOS launched co-coordinated GEO Carbon and GHG Initiative aimed at integration of greenhouse gas data and information across the domains, and supporting decision makers with timely policy-relevant information.    

ETC News: Several sites entered the last labelling phase

Multiple ICOS ecosystem stations across Europe have started Step 2 of labelling process. After the labelling has finished, they will become official ICOS sites with a Class associated.

Most recent Ecosystem stations entering the last phase and aiming to receive the ICOS Class 2 status are Stordalen Palsa Bog (SE-Sto), Hyltemossa (Se-Htm) and Lanna (SE-Lnn) in Sweden, Lonzee (BE-Lon) in Belgium and Bilos-Salles (FR-Bil) in France. Davos (CH-Dav) in Switzerland is the second site to enter the last labelling phase where the installation of all sensors will be finalized in order to get the ICOS Class 1 status.

ICOS Germany network kick off

Earlier this month ICOS Germany has marked the start of its operational phase with celebrations held at the Atmosphere Observatory Hohenpeißenberg attended by Alexander Dobrindt, German Federal Minister for Transport and Digital Infrastructure, and Stefan Müller, Secretary of State in the Federal Ministry of Education and Science.

Hohenpeißenberg Atmosphere Station, a 340 m tall tower located at Gartow near Dannenberg (Elbe), is the fourth Atmosphere Station in the German ICOS Network which will be extended to nine stations during 2017. The new station will be remotely controlled from the Hohenpeißenberg Observatory.

We are today starting the operational phase of one of the most innovative networks for greenhouse gas observations in the world. With this network we will observe the exchange of greenhouse gases between the atmosphere, oceans and land surfaces. We also will estimate how much CO2 is generated by fossil fuel combustion and how big natural fluxes are. With this knowledge we can improve our measures for climate change mitigation, applauded Minister Dobrindt.

Change of coordination at ICOS Sweden and ICOS Wallonia
ICOS Sweden and ICOS Wallonia in Belgium have seen a change of coordination.

Maj-Lena Linderson has replaced Anders Lindroth and become a Coordinating Director of ICOS Sweden as well as a new Focal Point for ICOS Sweden. Moreover, Janne Rinne will act as Science Director and will be involved in scientific issues and promote scientific cooperation for ICOS Sweden.

ICOS Belgium has also welcomed a new coordinator, Dr. Bernard Heinesch, who will coordinate the work of ICOS Wallonia due to the retirement of Professor Marc Aubinet. Ahead of his retirement,  Prof. Marc Aubinet, a fluxnet scientist since 1997 and an initial member of the Euroflux network, was rewarded with “Outstanding Achievement in Biometeorology Award” for his significant contributions in research and education in applying the eddy-covariance method to atmosphere-biosphere interactions and to the problem of advection, by the American Meteorological Society.
3rd ENVRI week held in Prague

In mid-November 2016 ENVRIplus has organised yet another successful ENVRI week dedicated to Environmental RIs activities.
During the busy week, ‘ENVRI meets COPERNICUS Workshop’ brought the RIs together to discuss the current status of their interaction with Copernicus. As part of the workshop, ICOS ERIC DG Werner Kutsch gave a presentation on the status of ICOS RI and ICOS Carbon Portal Director Alex Vermeulen presented the EEA FOUNDATIONS project. One of the 3rd ENVRI week highlights was also a workshop on effective communication methods and practices as well as a PICO style session during which 10 Research Infrastructures  had an opportunity to present their work to the ENVRI community. We are looking forward to the 4th ENVRI week which will be held in Grenoble, France from 15-19 May 2017.

Job opportunities at the ICOS ERIC Head Office

Following positions are open in the ICOS ERIC Head Office:

Scientific Integration and Liaison Officer (SILO)

In addition, EMSO ERIC is looking for a

EMSO ERIC Director-General

Application closes on 15 February 2017.
Forthcoming events

2nd ESFRI Exchange of Experience Workshop
18 January, Malaga, Spain

EOSC kickoff
17-19 January, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ICOS Denmark kickoff
23 January,
Lyngby, Denmark

RISCAPE kickoff
30-31 January, Helsinki, Finland

RINGO kickoff
Week 8 in February, Heidelberg, Germany
More ICOS news and events here

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