Eiroforum

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EIROforum General Assembly 2012[1]

EIROforum is an organization consisting of eight European intergovernmental scientific research organisations devoted to fostering mutual activities. Presided upon by the Director Generals of the individual organizations, who meet twice a year, the organization aims to identify mutual activities amongst its members to share resources in various fields.

The eight EIROforum members are:

  • CERN - European Organization for Nuclear Research
  • EFDA JET - European Fusion Development Agreement
  • EMBL - European Molecular Biology Laboratory
  • ESA - European Space Agency
  • ESO - European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere
  • ESRF - European Synchrotron Radiation Facility
  • European XFEL - European XFEL Free-Electron Laser Facility
  • ILL - Institut Laue Langevin

Major Activities[edit]

The EIROforum plays a crucial role to establish a European Research Area. It works closely both with the European Union and national institutions and actively participates in shaping science policy in Europe. The member organisations engage in cutting-edge research activities and pool their substantial expertise in basic research resources by interacting to find common synergies.

The five major areas of activity are:

  • Science Policy
  • Research Collaborations
  • Outreach and Education
  • Human Resources
  • Technology

Some of its major achievements has been to provide input to shaping a scientific research policy in Europe as part of the new treaty. In the technology area, for instance, Grid technology, amongst other IT technologies has been a driving force to bring closer collaboration on the sharing of a common infrastructure for the benefit of various fields of the member organizations; in particular: nuclear physics, astronomy and microbiology.

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