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Dissemination of the ZeroAMP work despite COVID-19

Most of the ZeroAMP academic and industrial partners usually share their latest results obtained in research projects like ZeroAMP in internal seminars at their own premises. This is a good opportunity to showcase the project and get feedback from other colleagues which are not directly involved in this project.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the regular format of those seminar talks as a physical meeting of up to 60 people had to be adapted. The seminars are now all held as virtual events and streamed into the home offices of the ZeroAMP members.

Hence, despite COVID-19, the dissemination of our work is going on: our results are shared and always open for scientific discussion.

ZeroAMP in the time of COVID-19

In ZeroAMP, all partners had to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic and local regulations to counter it.

While some partners were able to keep their facilities operational, e.g. by introduction of rigorous shift-schemes, others had to stop all their experimental work and are limited to tasks they can work on in home office. PhD candidates could not be hired due to travel restrictions. Project meetings, internal and external seminars had to be canceled.

Nonetheless, the ZeroAMP partners adapted to this situation. Our seminars and meetings are now all held as virtual events, enabling to share and discuss some initial insights and results with project members and with colleagues from other collaborative projects. We re-distributed tasks from partners those facilities are closed down to those partners still operational. We used the flexibility and creativity we usually use to envision and fabricate novel devices to find a way around the restrictions and limitations coming with COVID-19.

Hence, we tackle the current challenges to keep the project operational and to achieve ambitious scientific and technical goals in difficult and demanding times.

MICROCHIP - lead partner in ZeroAMP

Microchip Technology Inc. has changed the name of its ultra-low-power computing and memory operation in Caldicot (Wales), from Microsemi Semiconductor Ltd. to Microchip Technology Caldicot Ltd, which is the Coordinator of the ZeroAMP project.

ZeroAMP Consortium Meeting CM2

Our second ZeroAMP Consortium Meeting CM2 was held on 22 and 23 June. The meeting, planned to be hosted by the partner AMO at Aachen in Germany, has been organised as a virtual event due to the current Covid-19 pandemic. Despite the online format, it was a fruitful meeting and the work for the coming months was discussed intensively. We enjoyed taking our group picture - social distancing rules respected! But we are still looking forward to meeting physically soon!

ZeroAMP at IMAPS-UK event

On 28 May 2020, the International Microelectronics, Assembly and Packaging Society (IMAPS-UK) community met virtually under the motto “Power and High Temperature”, aiming at discussing the latest developments in materials and assembly processes to address the challenges of extending the temperature capabilities of micro- electronics for the Electric Revolution.

Piers Tremlett, the ZeroAMP Project Coordinator and Exploitation Manager, gladly attended the online conference: he gave a presentation on 'Moving control systems to the “hot, sweaty heart of the action”'.

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 871740 (ZeroAMP).
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