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SOPHi@webinar: a successful hystory of FP7-SOPHia project

The  main objective of the EU FP7- SOPHIA Research Infrastructure project  funded by European Commission grant  agreement n. INFRA-2010-1.1.22-262533 has   been  to strengthen and optimise PV research capabilities, mainly by bringing together the main European Photovoltaic Research Infrastructures in order to provide the scientific community with common referential to conduct efficient and coordinated research work in the field of PV technologies. Large research infrastructures working together have  avoided  the useless replication of a large number of small efforts.The SOPHIA project  has addressed  the issues of fragmentation and costly duplication of research at the European scale.

The tight and frequent interaction among top-level experts of the SOPHIA consortium  has been essential to realize the necessary collaborative network. On the other hand the huge quantity  of research areas of common interest, joint to plenty of equipment and procedures currently utilized demand combinations of disciplines and top-class scientists are not available at a single research institute. Sustaining the training programme by a more traditional in-person and on-site approach constitutes a threat given the constraints on financial budgets and time availability of the experts. To address these needs SOPHIA has developed on-line solution: SOPHi@webinar, the e-learning platform of FP7-SOPHIA project requires no more than a set of interconnected computers with suitable software and hardware.

The platform operates on ENEA CRESCO supercomputing connected to GARR, the high speed Italian web network joining European universities and research organizations and it can fluently manage  600 audio/video connections simultaneously and thus can be open to very wide audience

SOPHi@Webinar offered:

  • Comprehensive information on different aspects of the utilization of PV research infrastructure/techniques and research protocols.
  • An overview on advantages/ disadvantages and point of strength/weakness/opportunity/ threat respect other similar infrastructure/characterization techniques.
  • A presentation on several outstanding technical-scientific results highlighting  the potential in utilizing  the infrastructure/technique/scientific protocol



Sophiawebinar has kicked-off an efficient dissemination of knowledge and technologies among SOPHIA partners through a better identification of the knowledge required among partner organizations and creation of an efficient on-line environment to promote request/supply of knowledge/expertise.

The on-line approach to knowledge exchange has been  very successful because time saving and reducing  travel costs and it is widely diffusing for that.

It created a wider audience for training individuals in academies, research organization companies. This is a great advantage also for those who, perhaps due to lack of time, would be unable to attend physical events

Key figures for this successful hystory are indicated below:

  • 30 webinars offered since March 2013
  • around 2-4 events/month organised, involving more than 40 speakers in 16 different events
  • 830 participants in total (+ 100 in live streaming).
  • more than 560 different scientists/researchers/professionals participated
  • widely represented by students and younger researchers
  • Majority of non-SOPHIA members  (around 65%)
  • A balanced participation  in respect to gender for both speakers and participants in comparison to events usually held physically
  • A very wide participation by country, covering also non-European countries (USA, Asia, South America, Australia, etc.)