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Referee report

The RNP has served as dynamic forum for active exchange of ideas and techniques and to encourage close collaboration between experimenters and theoreticians. Short visits, exchange grants, interdisciplinary training and topical conferences, workshops and schools have been organized to a pace and extent largely consistent with the promised plan. A very substantial amount of highquality scientific papers has been produced, including high-visibility dissemination ones targeted to a very broad audience. ESF support appears to have been acknowledged to a good extent. At completion, the network has published 330 research papers of very high quality in journals of high impact factor and aspects of the research have been highlighted in Nature News and views and in New Scientist. The network has been involved in the organization of 13 Conferences and Workshops including 3 with US collaboration, has funded 57 short visits and 14 exchange grants. The extent to which all the research groups have been involved in publications, workshops etc is difficult to judge from the report, but by and large it appears that a reasonable effort along these lines has been put in place. Evidence of industrial collaboration remains scanty after completion, but the opportunity for this in the future, particularly in the MEMS-NEMS area, is definitely there. The programme has succeeded in pulling together the European community, both theoretical and experimental, and enhanced collaboration with the USA, thus adding significant value to the (leading) European research. Many of the researchers are young and the opportunity to attend conferences and workshops and to take part in exchange visits etc has been of particular value to them. The programme has been well managed in terms of making scientific progress and pulling the community together. Overall, I believe the RNP was excellent value for money, and has contributed to enhance the prestige and competitiveness of European research in this area.

More more informations see the reports below :

Referee report

Final Report RNP CASIMIR 2008-2013

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