Director and Management
It was in late spring 2010 when the European Commission sent out the email that sparked Jari Kinaret’s initiative. The Commission had sent an open invitation to submit project ideas for European research flagships, planning to invest major resources in the best project. So Kinaret wrote his own proposal, and sowed the seed that grew into Europe’s biggest research initiative ever – the Graphene Flagship.
“Some of the applicants had already been developing and lobbying for their ideas for a long time, but I wasn’t very impressed. I thought graphene was a better idea, and I got the opportunity to present my proposal in Brussels. They said I would have five minutes for my presentation, but I only got three,” Kinaret says.