Australia and EU agree to collaborate on health research infrastructure

On 8 May, formal collaboration agreements were signed between Australian and European research infrastructure projects in the areas of translational research, clinical trials and imaging. The signing of these agreements is an important development following the third European Union - Australia Workshop on Research Infrastructure, held in Melbourne in November 2013.

Australia’s National Imaging Facility (NIF) and Therapeutic Innovation Australian (TIA) have successfully developed...


European Commission and CERN support major research facility in the Middle East

The European Commission and CERN have today agreed to support the construction of SESAME, one of the most ambitious research facilities in the Middle East. SESAME is a so-called synchrotron light source, functioning in effect like a giant microscope. It will allow researchers from the region to investigate the properties of advanced materials, biological processes and cultural artefacts. SESAME is a unique joint venture based in Jordan that brings together scientists from its members Bahrain...


EST: Understanding our Sun

The European Solar Telescope (EST) will be a 4-meter class solar telescope, to be located in the Canary Islands. It will be used to optimise studies of the magnetic coupling between the deep photosphere and upper chromosphere. This will require diagnostics of the thermal, dynamic and magnetic properties of the plasma over many scale heights, by using multiple wavelength imaging, spectroscopy and spectropolarimetry. To achieve these goals, the EST will specialize in high spatial and...


Extreme-Light-Infrastructure: when scientific excellence contributes to Europe’s cohesion

Implemented as a distributed infrastructure in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania, ELI will be the first infrastructure identified by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) to be located in new Member States. With an implementation budget of over €845 million largely co-financed by structural funds, the project represents an unprecedented example of how research infrastructures can bridge the objectives of scientific excellence, regional development and European...