EIROforum at "European Research 2002"


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Brussels, November 11-13, 2002

Last year, seven of Europe's leading intergovernmental research organisations set up a high-level co-ordination and collaboration group, known as EIROforum. They include CERN (particle physics), EMBL (molecular biology), ESA (space activities), ESO (astronomy and astrophysics), ESRF (synchrotron radiation), ILL (neutron source) and EFDA (fusion). All of them have powerful research infrastructures and laboratories which are used by an extensive network of scientists. Together, they represent European spearheads in some of the most crucial basic and applied research fields. The EIROforum organisations will be highly visible at the upcoming EU-conference on "European Research 2002 - The European Research Area and the Framework Programme", to be held on November 11-13, 2002, at the "Palais du Heysel" in Brussels (Belgium). This meeting will be attended by more than 8000 scientists and decision-makers from all over Europe and serves to launch the 6th EC Framework Programme (2002 - 2006), which will have an important impact on Europe's R&D landscape during the coming years.

A joint 400 sq.m. exhibition, featuring the individual EIROforum organisations, their current programmes and many front-line achievements in their respective areas of activity, will be set up at Stand L in Hall 11. It includes a central area, with a small cinema, displaying information about their current interactions via EIROforum. The stands will be manned throughout the conference by high-level representatives from the seven organisations.

On Tuesday, November 12, 2002, 14:00 hrs, a Press Conference will take place at this exhibition stand, in the presence of the European Commissioner for Research, M. Phillippe Busquin, and most of the Directors
General (or equivalent) of the EIROforum organisations. The main themes will be the increasingly intense interaction and co-operation between the European Commission and EIROforum, as well as the role of EIROforum and its member organisations within the European Research Area. Moreover, the official signing of the EIROforum Charter by the Directors General on this occasion will signify the formal establishment of EIROforum. Representatives of the EIROforum organisations will also participate in many of the numerous events that will take place during this large conference. Details will be found in the conference programme.

The current EIROforum chairperson is Prof. Fotis C. Kafatos (EMBL). The EIROforum website at http://www.eiroforum.org contains useful information about this unique collaboration. For more details, please contact the respective PR Departments of the organisations (addresses below).

[1] This Press Release is issued jointly by the seven organisations that are represented in EIROFORUM:
European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
European Fusion Development Agreement (EFDA)
European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)
European Space Agency (ESA)
European Southern Observatory (ESO)
European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF)
Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)

Prof. Colin Carlile
Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)
Dr. Catherine Cesarsky (Chair)
European Southern Observatory (ESO)
Prof. Fotis C. Kafatos
European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)
Prof. Luciano Maiani
European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Dr. Jérôme Paméla
European Fusion Development Agreement (JET-EFDA)
Dr. Antonio Rodotà
European Space Agency (ESA)
Prof. William G. Stirling
European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF)

Media Contacts
Mrs. Paola Catapano
Education and Transfer Technology
CH-1211 Geneva 23
Tel.: +41-22-767-4101
Fax.: +41-22-785-0247
E-Mail: paola.catapano@cern.ch
URL: http://www.cern.ch

Mr Federico R. Casci
Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik
Boltzmannstr. 2
D-85748 Garching bei München
Tel.: +49 89 3299 4237
Fax.: +49 89 3299 4197
E-Mail: cascif@ipp.mpg.de
URL: http://www.efda.org/

Mr Russ Hodge
Meyerhofstr. 1
D-69117 Heidelberg
Tel.: +49 6221 387252
Fax.: +49 6221 387525
E-Mail: hodge@embl-heidelberg.de
URL: http://www.embl-heidelberg.de/

Dr. Franco Bonacina
ESA Head Office
8-10 Mario Nikis
F-75738 Paris Cedex 15
Tel.: +33 1 5369 7155
Fax.: + 33 1 5369 7690
E-Mail: franco.bonacina@esa.int
URL: http://www.esa.int/

Dr Richard West
Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 2
D-85748 Garching bei München
Tel.: +49 89 32006 276
Fax.: +49 89 320 23 62
E-Mail: rwest@eso.org
URL: http://www.eso.org/

Ms Dominique Cornuéjols
Head of Communications
BP 220
F-38043 Grenoble Cedex
Tel.: +33 4 76 88 20 25
Fax.: +33 4 76 88 24 18
E-Mail: cornuejols@esrf.fr
URL: http://www.esrf.fr/

Dr. Albert Wright
6, rue Jules Horowitz
BP 156
F-38042 Grenoble Cedex 9
Tel.: +33 4 76 20 71 01
E-Mail: wright@ill.fr
URL: http://www.ill.fr/

Mr Christopher Carpenter (on behalf of JET)
UKAEA - Culham Division
D3 Culham Science Centre
Oxfordshire OX14 3DB
Tel.: +44 1235 464190
Fax.: +44 1235 463706
E-Mail: chris.carpenter@ukaea.org.uk
URL: http://www.jet.efda.org/

M. Stéphane Hogan, M.Sc.
European Commission - Research Directorate
Square de Meeus 8
B-1050 Bruxelles
Tel.: +32-2-296.29.65
Fax.: +32-2-295.82.20
E-Mail: stephane.hogan@cec.eu.int