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The Extreme Light Infrastructure - ELI

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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 the story

EU shines beam on single European fleet of research vessels

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Work has begun on an EU-funded initiative to link up Europe's research vessels into a single fleet. Dubbed EUROFLEETS ('European fleets'), the 4-year project has been allocated EUR 7.2 million under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

In recent years, oceanographers have increased the use of satellites and floats in their investigations. Nevertheless, research vessels, submarines, and the equipment they carry remain at the front line of marine research, providing scientists with access to the sea surface, the water column and the sea floor so that they can collect samples, make observations, and service seabed observatories. Maintaining and operating research vessels accounts for up to half of the costs of marine research.>> Read the story

A new Community legal framework for European research infrastructures

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On 29 May 2009, the Council of the European Union reached a political agreement on a draft regulation which will greatly facilitate the setting-up of large research infrastructures in Europe.
The new Community legal framework for a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) will provide a legal personality recognised in all Member States and some of the advantages of international organisations, such as VAT exemptions.>> Read the story


A better picture of Research Infrastructures (RIs) in Europe: launch of the European RIs web portal

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Information on the services provided by top level European research infrastructures, in all fields of research, are from today closer to European researchers. The European Commission (EC), in collaboration with the European Science Foundation (ESF), launched today the first ever web portal on European Research Infrastructures. >> Read the story

Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure

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Launched in 2008, BBMRI – the pan-European biobanking and biomolecular resources research infrastructure – is working to connect biobanks across Europe, giving doctors, scientists and researchers access to all information available about stored biological samples. This information will help with the study of the environmental and genetic causes of disease as well as make the development of drugs and diagnostic tools more efficient. >> Read the story


PRACE – partnership for advanced computing in Europe

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PRACE, the partnership for advanced computing in Europe, has been established to create pan-European, high-performance computing (HPC) service for research purposes. By bringing together 14 European nations, researchers across the continent will benefit from access to a supercomputing structure managed as a single European entity. >> Read the story


Aurora Borealis polar ship

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Ship designers across Europe are working on what is described as the most advanced polar research vessel in the world. The Aurora Borealis, as the ship is called, will serve as a base for international, multidisciplinary expeditions that can take place year round. >> Read the story


Atom-sized X-rays

Interior View of the Test Facility

Interior View of
the Test Facility

A general rule of thumb in modern physics is that if it’s underground it’s cutting-edge. The new European X-ray Free-Electron Laser (XFEL) project, officially launched in Hamburg in June 2007, is as cutting-edge as they come: a 3.4km underground facility due for completion in 2013 that promises to open up areas of research that are currently only science-fiction. >> Read the story


Is anybody out there?

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A quasar detected at the
edge of the known universe

Continent-sized research infrastructures suit the science of Radio Astronomy particularly well. RadioNet is an Integrated Infrastructure Initiative (I3), funded under the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), that brings together all Europe’s leading radio astronomy facilities. By facilitating access to their resources, and encouraging Europe-wide communication and collaboration, RadioNet is helping to prepare for the coming revolution in Radio Astronomy. >> Read the story

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