The ELI Delivery Consortium International Association was founded in April 2013 as an international non-profit association under Belgian law (AISBL). It promotes the sustainable development of ELI as a pan-European research infrastructure, supports the coordinated implementation of the ELI research facilities, and preserve the consistency and complementarity of their scientific missions. It organises the establishment of an international consortium that will be in charge of the future operation of ELI, in the form of a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC).
Founding ceremony in the notary's office on April 11, 2013. From left to right): Lóránt Lehrner (ELI-ALPS), Maria Douka (EC), Nicolae-Victor Zamfir (ELI-NP), Robert-Jan Smits (EC), Wolfgang Sandner (ELI-DC), Vlastimil Ružicka (ELI Beamlines), Carlo Rizzuto (ELI-DC, Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste), Florian Gliksohn (ELI-DC), Harry Tuinder (EC).
The ELI-ALPS Research Institute (www.eli-alps.hu) will be at the forefront of discoveries in laser science and technology. ELI-ALPS will be able to unlock great mysteries in atomic, molecular and optical physics. The primary laser sources, currently in development, of ELI-ALPS feature pioneering technology and their specifications are a massive leap forward from the present generation of state-of-the-art devices currently being developed.
Benchmarking fundamental and applied research start thriving at the ELI-ALPS Research Institute when the first beamline becomes operational in 2018. The institute will open the door to a wide range of applications in photonics and other new experimental areas. ELI-ALPS provides research opportunities in a wide range of disciplines and will enable high-quality cutting-edge research, ultrafast physical processes in biological, medical and materials sciences and energy research.
The ELI-ALPS project will be the cornerstone for catalysing significant regional economic and social developments for Hungary and Europe. ELI-ALPS can also be a central component of the future economy and the flagship of a “laser valley” in Szeged, attracting global technology companies.
ELI-NP (www.eli-np.ro) will be the most advanced research infrastructure in the world focusing on photonuclear physics studies and applications, comprising unique features at the limits of the present-day’s technology: a very High Power Laser System (HPLS) of 2x10PW and a very intense Gamma Beam System (GBS) with Eγ up to 19.5 MeV.
The main research topics of this new interdisciplinary facility are: laser driven nuclear physics experiments, characterization of the laser-target interaction by the means of nuclear physics methods, photonuclear reactions, exotic nuclear physics and astrophysics. In addition to fundamental themes, there will be also applied research with HPLS and GBS. Radiation induced damage and gamma induced nuclear reactions are major research areas in nuclear engineering. Their applications extend from nuclear power plants to medicine and from space science to material science.
Implemented by the renowed National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering - Horia Hulubei (IFIN-HH) in the Magurele Physics Research Campus, near Bucharest, ELI-NP will actively promote its applications for the benefit of society, creating excellent prerequisites for technology transfer and regional economic development.
The ELI Beamlines (www.eli-beams.eu) is located in the Czech Republic, just south of Prague. It is a European laser research facility where an international team currently installs the world’s most intense laser systems. Once completed, it will enable groundbreaking research not only in the fields of physics and material science, but also in biomedical research and laboratory astrophysics. This facility will host some of the most intense lasers in the world, develop new interdisciplinary research opportunities with light from these lasers and secondary radiation derived from them, and make them available to an international scientific user community. One of the key features of ELI Beamlines, will be the operation of laser systems of PW-power with high repetition rates. Research projects will be implemented which will cover the interaction of light with matter at an intensity of 10 times higher than currently achievable values. ELI Beamlines will provide ultra-short laser pulses of a few femtoseconds (10-15 s) duration and peak power up to 10 PW. ELI Beamlines will generate secondary sources for interdisciplinary applications in physics, medicine, biology and material sciences. For example, the ELI Beamlines the research group for Molecular, Bio-medical and Materials Sciences will develop methods for Coherent Diffractive Imaging using novel laser driven X-ray sources.
The mission of the PRACE Research Infrastructure (RI) (www.prace-ri.eu) is to enable high-impact European scientific discovery and engineering research and development across all disciplines to enhance European competitiveness for the benefit of society. The PRACE RI seeks to realize this mission through the provision of access to world class high performance computing, data management, resources and services open to all European researchers through a peer review process. Through the broad participation of European governments and their representative organizations, a diversity of resources can be provided by the PRACE RI, including expertise throughout Europe in effectively usage of the available resources. PRACE has an extensive pan-European education and training effort devoted to help users as well as preparing the next generation of scientists and engineers.
The PRACE RI is established as an international non-profit association with seat in Brussels and is named ‘Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe AISBL’. It has 25 member countries whose representative organizations are creating a pan-European supercomputing infrastructure, delivering world-class services to the European research community with large-scale computing and storage resource, support and training needs.
The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) https://www.kit.edu/english/ was established by the merging of the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH and the Universität Karlsruhe (TH) on October 01, 2009. KIT combines the tasks of a university of the state of Baden-Württemberg with those of a research center of the Helmholtz Association in the areas of research, teaching, and innovation in one mission: KIT – The Research University in the Helmholtz Association. In research and education, KIT assumes responsibility for contributing to the sustainable solution of the grand challenges that face the society, industry, and the environment with a focus on energy, mobility and information. With a staff of about 9300 employees and 25,000 students, KIT is one of the big institutions of research and higher education in natural sciences and engineering in Europe.
The Steinbuch Centre for Computing (SCC) is the computing centre of KIT and supports the IT-demands of the multi-disciplinary research at KIT and the Helmholtz-Association of German research centres. R&D at SCC focuses on computational science and engineering, data life cycle management of scientific data, IT management and federated identity management. It operates HPC systems and GridKa, one of twelve Tier-1 centres worldwide being responsible for the storage and analysis of a significant part of data from the LHC experiments at CERN. More recently SCC constructed the Large Scale Data Facility (LSDF), a facility which is close to innovation and the development of future concepts for storage, archival and analysis of scientific data. SCC successfully participated in many EU projects and currently contributes to AARC, EUDAT2020, INDIGO DataCloud and Human Brain Project (HBP).
The European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) https://www.egi.eu/ provides integrated computing services to European researchers, driving innovation and enabling new solutions to answer the big questions of tomorrow. EGI is a federation of resource providers set up to deliver sustainable, integrated and secure computing services to European researchers and their international partners. The federation is coordinated by the EGI Foundation, a non-for-profit organisation established in 2010 in Amsterdam to manage EGI on behalf of its participants: National Grid Initiatives (NGIs) and European Intergovernmental Research Organisations (EIROs).
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DESY (www.desy.de) is a national German research center and member of the Helmholtz Association. Researchers use the large-scale facilities at DESY to explore the microcosm in all its variety – from the interactions of tiny elementary particles and the behavior of new types of nanomaterials to biomolecular processes that are essential for life. The accelerators and detectors that DESY develops and builds are unique research tools generating the world’s most intense X-ray light, accelerate particles to record energies and open completely new windows onto the universe. That makes DESY not only a magnet for more than 3000 guest researchers from over 40 countries every year, but also a coveted partner for national and international cooperation.
The third-generation Italian synchrotron radiation facility Elettra https://www.elettra.trieste.it/ located on the outskirts of Trieste, which has been serving the national and international scientific and industrial community since 1993, has been completely revised and upgraded in 2009. Electrons circulating in the Elettra storage ring at nearly the speed of light provide high-intensity, ultra-bright radiation from the infrared to hard x-rays range when passing through different magnetic devices such as undulators, wigglers and bending magnets. The radiation beams are collected by in-vacuum optical systems and propagate through beamlines to reach experimental stations where an array of different analytical and processing techniques is available. The resulting light, ten billion times brighter than that supplied by conventional sources, enables a broad spectrum of users from academic institutions and industry to gain access to advanced research capabilities and techniques and conduct state-of-the-art experiments in physics, chemistry, biology, life sciences, environmental science, medicine, forensic science, and cultural heritage.
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) (www.stfc.ac.uk) is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organization with the goal to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK, its people – and more broadly to the world. STFC’s strength comes from their distinct but interrelated functions: universities, scientific Facilities and national campuses.
STFC supports an academic community of around 1,700, in particle physics, nuclear physics, and astronomy including space science, who work at more than 50 universities and research institutes in the UK, Europe, Japan and the United States. This includes more than 900 PhD students.
STFC-funded universities produce physics postgraduates with outstanding high-end scientific, analytic and technical skills who on graduation enjoy almost full employment. Roughly half of our PhD students continue in research, sustaining national capability and creating the bedrock of the UK’s scientific excellence.