Kick-off team

OpenWebSearch.EU has officially kicked-off | Media Release

OpenWebSearch.EU has kicked-off with a consortium meeting in Berlin. 46 participants got together in a hybrid meeting format to exchange ideas and make plans for the successful execution of the project. The meeting was hosted by DLR-PT in a new building in Berlin-Südkreuz.

The opening session was kicked off by greetings from Dieter Kranzmüller (BADW-LRZ), Uwe Heitmann from DLR-PT, and Jorge Gasos and Stergios Tsiafoulis from DG CONNETC. The warm welcome of the guests gave an energetic basis for the following interactive gathering.

“The kick-off with its interactive sessions are of great value for project progress. The in-person meeting format was a big help for knowledge exchange, requirement gathering, and expectation sharing. It was great to see all participants working so very motivated and actively contributing to lively discussions and break-out sessions” says Dr. Megi Sharikadze, Lead of the LRZ Research Coordination and Support Team.

The kick-off builds the foundation for the further cooperative work of the 14 partner organizations in 8 workpackages, comments Ms. Sharikadze: “In aiming to develop a decentralized, inter-organizational infrastructure as planned in the project, teamwork and co-design are of utmost importance. The project partners could realize that, in this respect, the kickoff provided a solid foundation. We look forward to successful events like this and impactful project results as a follow-up.”



About the project
The OpenWebSearch.EU project is funded with 8.5 million euros from the EU’s Horizon Europe research framework programme (No. 101070014). The 14 partners will initially work together for a period of three years.

List of project partners
1. University of Passau, Germany (
2. Leibniz Supercomputing Centre of Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Germany (
3. Stichting Radboud Universiteit, Netherlands (
4. Leipzig University, Germany (
5. Graz University of Technology, Austria (
6. Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, Germany (
7. VSB – Technical University of Ostrava, IT4Innovations, Czech Republic (
8. European Organization for Nuclear Research – CERN, Switzerland (
9. Open Search Foundation, Germany (
10. A1 Slovenija, telekomunikacijske storitve, d. d., Slovenia (
11. CSC-Tieteen Tietotekniikan Keskus Oy, Finland (
12. Stichting Nlnet, Netherlands (
13. Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany (
14. SUMA-EV – Association for Free Access to Knowledge, Germany (

About Horizon Europe
Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation. It aims to build a knowledge- and innovation-based society and a competitive economy while contributing to sustainable development. The programme contributes to the implementation of the European Commission’s guidelines.