CERIC-ERIC organized the 1st internal workshop on communication at the NMR centre in Ljubljana, setting-up the CERICís distributed communication team.
20th - 21st April 2015, Ljubljana - Slovenia

On the 20th and 21st of April, the 1st CERIC Communication Workshop was held at the National Institute of Chemistry, the Representing Entity of the Republic of Slovenia, where the Slovenian Partner Facility in CERIC-ERIC, the NMR centre, is located.
The distributed CERIC communication team, composed of the press and communication officers from each Partner Facility in CERIC, met for the first time in plenary hands-on working sessions, taking the first step towards more effective collaboration in the future. Welcomed by Prof. Janez Plavec, Director of the NMR centre, the group also had a chance to visit the Slovenian Partner Facility and to get acquainted with its technology and research opportunities offered to users.

The goal of the internal workshop on communication was to focus and share an understanding of CERIC-ERICís specific identity as a distributed and integrated research infrastructure, and to identify the diverse target groups inside and outside the Consortium, as well as their main needs. The group then reflected on the tools available for sharing internal issues and for spreading information outside. Through participative exchange and discussion, the team shared the vision and understanding of CERIC, gaining a shared focus in the communication objectives to be achieved, with the final outcome of creating commitment, among all the participants, to CERIC and its communication needs.

The two-day workshop has been a successful starting point to setting-up the distributed CERIC communication team, outlining an internally coherent corporate identity and enforcing the values of the CERIC culture. The very positive feedback on the initiative collected from the participants paves the way to further joint development and coordination of CERICís communication activities and to closer cooperation in planning future steps towards a better approach of both the CERIC community and its stakeholders.