ESA

Back to Index

French  |  German Full story

N° 31–2001: Leading European Research Organisations Join Forces in EIROFORUM (1)

22 May 2001

Since the early 1950s, a number of powerful research infrastructures and laboratories which are used by an extensive network of scientists have been developed and deployed within Europe by European Intergovernmental Research Organisations (EIRO). Together, they represent European spearheads in some of the most crucial basic and applied research fields.

Seven of these organisations have set up a co-ordination and collaboration group (EIROFORUM) with their top executives (Directors General or equivalent) as members. They include CERN (particle physics), EMBL (molecular biology), ESA (space activities), ESO (astronomy and astrophysics), ESRF (synchrotron radiation), ILL (neutron source) and EFDA (fusion technology).

A primary goal of EIROFORUM is to play an active and constructive role in promoting the quality and impact of European Research. In particular, the group will be a basis for effective, high-level inter-organisational interaction and co-ordination. It will mobilise its substantial combined expertise in basic research and in the management of large international projects for the benefit of European research and development. This will be possible by exploiting the existing intimate links between the member organisations and their respective European research communities.

According to the EIROFORUM Charter, the main aims of the collaboration are to:

1. Encourage and facilitate discussions among its members on issues of common interest, which are relevant to research and development.

2. Maximise the scientific return and optimise the use of resources by sharing relevant developments and results, whenever feasible.

3. Co-ordinate the education and outreach activities of the organisations, including technology transfer and public understanding.

4. Take an active part, in collaboration with other European scientific organisations, in taking a forward-look at promising and/or developing research directions and priorities, in particular in relation to new large-scale research infrastructures.

5. Simplify high-level interactions with the European Commission (EC) and enable an effective response to specific requests for expert advice in the areas covered by the member organisations.

6. Provide co-ordinated representation to the outside world including the general public, national governments, non-European countries etc.

The next meeting of EIROFORUM will be held in Brussels (Belgium) on May 21-22, 2001. It will provide an opportunity for the members to discuss recent developments and, in particular, to meet with the European Commissioner for Research, Philippe Busquin.

The current EIROFORUM chairperson is Dr. Catherine Cesarsky (ESO).

For more details, please contact the respective PR Departments of the organisations (addresses below), or the EIROFORUM Secretariat (Dr. P. Quinn, ESO, D-85748 Garching, Germany; Tel.: +49-89-32006506; Fax.: +49-89-3202362; Email: pquinn@eso.org).

Note

[1]: This Press Release is issued by the seven organisations that are represented in EIROFORUM:

European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

European Space Agency (ESA)

European Southern Observatory (ESO)

European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF)

Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)

European Fusion Development Agreement (EFDA)

EIROFORUM Members

Dr. Catherine Cesarsky (Chair)

European Southern Observatory (ESO)

Prof. Dr. Dirk Dubbers

Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)

Prof. Fotis C. Kafatos

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Prof. Luciano Maiani

European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)

Dr. Jerome Pamela

European Fusion Development Agreement (JET-EFDA)

Dr. Antonio Rodotà

European Space Agency (ESA)

Prof. William G. Stirling

European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF)

Media Contacts

Dr. Franco Bonacina

Head of Media Relations

ESA Head Office

8-10, rue Mario Nikis

F-75015-Paris

Tel: +33(0)1.5369.7155

Fax:+33(0)1.5369.7690

e-mail : franco.bonacina@esa.int

URL : http://www.esa.int

Dr Wubbo Ockels

Head of ESA Education Office, ESA/ESTEC

Keplerlaan, 1

NL-2200-AG-Noordwijk

The Netherlands

Tel.: +31.71.565.5456

Fax : +31.71.565.5590

e-mail: wubbo.ockels@esa.int

URL :http://www.esa.int

Mr Neil Calder

Head of Press and Publications

CERN

CH-1211 Geneva 23

Switzerland

Tel.: +41-22-767-4101

Fax.: +41-22-785-0247

E-Mail: neil.calder@cern.ch

URL: http://www.cern.ch

Mr Christopher Carpenter (on behalf of JET)

UKAEA - Culham Division

D3 Culham Science Centre

Abingdon

Oxfordshire OX14 3DB

UK

Tel.: +44 1235 464190

Fax.: +44 1235 463706

E-Mail: chris.carpenter@ukaea.org.uk

URL: http://www.jet.efda.org/

Mr Federico R. Casci

EFDA

Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik

Boltzmannstr. 2

D-85748 Garching bei München

Germany

Tel.: +49 89 3299 4237

Fax.: +49 89 3299 4197

E-Mail: mailto:cascif@ipp.mpg.de

URL: http://www.efda.org/

Ms Dominique Cornuéjols

Head of Communications

ESRF

BP 220

F-38043 Grenoble Cedex

France

Tel.: +33 4 76 88 20 25

Fax.: +33 4 76 88 24 18

E-Mail: cornuejols@esrf.fr

URL: http://www.esrf.fr/

Mr Russ Hodge

EMBL

Meyerhofstr. 1

D-69117 Heidelberg

Germany

Tel.: +49 6221 387252

Fax.: +49 6221 387525

E-Mail: hodge@sora.embl-heidelberg.de

URL: http://www.embl-heidelberg.de/

Ms Anne Le Noel

ILL

6, rue Jules Horowitz

BP 156

F-38042 Grenoble Cedex 9

France

Tel.: +33 4 76 20 71 01

E-Mail: lenoel@ill.fr

URL: http://www.ill.fr/

Dr Richard West

ESO

Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 2

D-85748 Garching bei München

Germany

Tel.: +49 89 32006 276

Fax.: +49 89 320 23 62

E-Mail: rwest@eso.org

URL: http://www.eso.org/

For further information:

Franco Bonacina
Tel: +33(0)1.5369.7155

Wubbo Ockels
Tel: +31.71.565.5456


Rate this

Views

Share

  • Currently 0 out of 5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Rating: 0/5 (0 votes cast)

Thank you for rating!

You have already rated this page, you can only rate it once!

Your rating has been changed, thanks for rating!

71


Copyright 2000 - 2014 © European Space Agency. All rights reserved.