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"New frontiers in nuclear physics with high-power lasers and brilliant monochromatic gamma beams" - Paper of the week

"New frontiers in nuclear physics with high-power lasers and brilliant monochromatic gamma beams"
Authors: S. Gales, D.L. Balabanski, F. Negoita, O. Tesileanu, C.A. Ur, D. Ursescu and N.V. Zamfir
Published 8 August 2016 . C 2016 The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Physica Scripta, Volume 91, Number 9 has been selected by the IOP editors "paper of the week". Details
Perspectives of ELI - moving forward to ELI-ERIC

On May 31st-June 1st took place the Workshop "Perspectives of ELI", organized by the Extreme Light Infrastructure - Delivery Consortium and the three pillars of the Extreme Light Infrastructure from the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania. The event was hosted in Dolni Brezany by the ELI Beamlines.

During the two intense-work days, the management of ELI-DC and of all three ELI pillars met with the prospective Partners and Users of ELI to discuss the progress over the last year and receive feedback from them concerning the ELI project's goals and challenges moving forward to the ELI-ERIC European Research Infrastructure Consortium.

The ensuing discussions and animated debates represented a key point and a very useful step in the current dynamics involving the nearly completed construction process of the three pillars and their integration into a single Infrastructure through the setting-up of the ELI-ERIC.

The management of ELI and the participants addressed the issue of the establishment of the framework of ELI-ERIC, how to attract users, what are the best services that ELI should offer, how ELI will build the relationship with industry, etc. The workshop stimulated the partners and users to merge their ideas, give their comments and criticisms thereby establishing a functional and passable road to ELI's future success. ELI-ERIC will be a flexible European organization, attractive and competitive at the international level.

All the participants brought their contribution to a deeper understanding of the founding principles of the future open access ELI-ERIC, that can reach out more effectively to the laser community world, hopefully creating valuable scientific results as well as interesting developments in technical training and education, as well as for the industry and through this, stronger socioeconomic returns.

"The results of the workshop were very good and fruitful" said Carlo RIZZUTO, Director General of ELI-DC. "There has been a lot of progress towards the future framework of ELI-ERIC. The construction of the three "pillars" of ELI nears completion (ELI-Attosecond - Szeged, Hungary, ELI-Beamlines - Dolni Brezany, Czech Republic and ELI-Nuclear Physics in Magurele - Romania). We are ready to become a joint, internationally recognized infrastructure open to the laser users community."

The discussions about the start-up of ELI-ERIC and of its ways to interact with the scientific and industrial stakeholders will be continued, and will help ELI and the whole European laser community to achieve novel results, which will influence the whole European Research Area, offering new perspectives in laser science and technology for the world.

ELI-ERIC will be an open, distributed and service-oriented laser research infrastructure which will offer innovative services at the forefront of present laser technology to its users. ELI is setting a milestone in structuring European laser research and it will act as a center of competences, open and attracting the best researchers worldwide. The Laser Infrastructure will also boost regional investments in the host countries: Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania.

18th of May, 2016 - Visit to the Sunrise Valley Science and Technology Park, Vilnius, Republic of Lithuania

Meeting with specialists of Technology and Innovation Center Sunrise Valley in Vilnius - the Laser Centre -, during the State visit President Klaus Iohannis carried out in Lithuania. The two sides talked in depth about boosting the bilateral relations in the scientific fields, with a special emphasize on cooperation opportunities in research and development with the Scientific Project ELI-NP, in Magurele.

Opened in December 2014, Sunrise Valley represents the most important scientific research institute in Lithuania, founded by the Vilnius University, the Gediminas Technical University of Vilnius and leading IT, communications and laser companies.

20th of April, 2016 - Visit of Carlo Rizzuto, Director General of ELI Delivery Consortium International Association, to the European Commission

Carlos Moedas, Member of the EC in charge of Research, Science and Innovation, received Carlo Rizzuto, Director General of the Extreme Light Infrastructure Delivery Consortium International Association (ELI-DC), Catalin Miron, Deputy Director General of ELI-DC, Lorant Lehrner, Managing Director of ELI Attosecond Light Pulse Source (ELI-ALPS), Jan Ridky, Director of the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences (ELI Beamlines), and Nicolae-Victor Zamfir, Director of the ELI Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP) project.

Carlo Rizzuto, on the right, and Carlos Moedas

Lorant Lehrner, Carlo Rizzuto, Carlos Moedas, Jan Ridky, Nicolae-Victor Zamfir and Catalin Miron (from left to right)

View of a working meeting: Seated on the left, from the fore to the background, Lorant Lehrner, Catalin Miron, Carlo Rizzuto, Jan Ridky and Nicolae-Victor Zamfir; Seated on the right, Carlos Moedas
The JRC and the Romanian Institute for Nuclear Physics IFIN-HH sign a collaboration agreement.

On 3 February 2016, the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Extreme Light Infrastructure - Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP) / "Horia Hulubei" National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering, signed a Collaboration Agreement in Bucharest, Romania.

ELI-NP is one of the three pillars of the European Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) that is supported by European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). The impressive construction site of ELI-NP was visited following the signing event.

The collaboration agreement aims to support the implementation of ELI-NP, with the expertise available at the JRC Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM). The nuclear data infrastructure at JRC-IRMM is one of the three JRC infrastructures connected to ESFRI.

The agreement will promote and strengthen transnational access to both organizations and will start with four well defined joint research actions.


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