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
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
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.
- "Major European Intergovernmental Research Organisations Urge EU to Sustain Investment in Science". ESO Announcement. Retrieved 23 November 2012.
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