European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC)

The Community legal framework for a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) dates from August 2009. It is designed to facilitate the joint establishment and operation of research facilities of European interest. You can read more about it in the ERIC section of this site.



Elucidating Stradivarius' recipe

[Date: 2009-12-04]

Credits : Cliché A. Giordan
© Cité de la Musique

The varnish used by Antonio Stradivarius, the legendary Italian violin-maker, to coat his prestige instruments has been the object of numerous controversial assumptions for more than two centuries. A "secret" recipe would thus be responsible for the famous and praised tone of his instruments. A study driven by the Cité de la musique in Paris together with an international team, which has just been published in the renowned journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition, shed unprecedented light on this subject. Researchers have determined the composition of the varnish layers on five Stradivarius instruments from the collections of the Musée de la musique, Paris. Read more

The Extreme Light Infrastructure - ELI

[Date: 2009-11-16]

research ship

Launched in November 2007, the Preparatory Phase of ELI, involving nearly 40 research and academic institutions from 13 EU Members Countries, has led to the decision (on October 1st, 2009) that this pan-European Laser facility will form an integrated infrastructure based on three to four sites: The three firsts have been selected. They will be located in Prague (Czech Republic), Szeged (Hungary) and Magurele (Romania). The fourth one, dealing with the ultrahigh peak power will be decided in 2012, according to the validation of the adopted technology. The facility should be operational in 2015 for the three first pillars and 2017 for the highest intensity one.  Read more

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