The Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI), the world's first international user facility for laser research, has been established as an International Association during a notarial ceremony on April 11, 2013 in Brussels, Belgium. The ceremony and the subsequent reception were attended by Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General of DG Research and Innovation, and by Ana Arana Antelo, Head of Unit “Research Infrastructures”, together with representatives from the European Commission and various ELI partner countries.
ELI is part of the ESFRI Roadmap for international research infrastructures of high priority for Europe and is being constructed with strong international collaborations in three pillars in the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Romania utilizing EU Structural Funds.
ELI, when fully implemented in 2017, will contain some of the world's most powerful lasers and they will be available for the international scientific community. These ultra-intense and ultrashort light pulses create new states of matter in dense plasmas; probe the structure of vacuum and produce secondary radiation of high-energy photons or particles. These will be used to understand fundamental dynamic processes in such different species including nuclei, molecules, or biological cells.
ELI's technologies and capabilities will bring Europe at the forefront of this scientific field and stimulate the socio economic development in the host countries and in the EU.
The newly founded ELI Delivery Consortium International Association will be a non-profit organisation under Belgian law (AISBL). It will promote the sustainable development of ELI as a pan-European research infrastructure; support the coordinated implementation of the ELI research facilities and preserve the consistency and complementarity nature of the scientific missions. It will also organize the establishment of an international consortium that will be in charge of the future operation of ELI, preferably in the form of a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC).
Founding members of the ELI-DC International Association are three international scientific institutions, the Romanian “Horia Hulubei” National Institute of Research and Development for Physics and Nuclear Engineering (IFIN-HH), the Hungarian ELI-Hu Research and Development Non-Profit Limited Liability Company, and the Italian Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste S.C.p.A. The Institute of Physics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic will join the Association immediately after its establishment. Institutions from other countries such as Germany, the UK, France and others are expected to follow.
For more information, please contact:
Catalin Miron, designated director, ELI-DC International Association
Prof. Jan Ridky, ELI Beamlines project director, plenipotentiary for ELI in the Czech Republic
(, +420 721 749 450)
Mr. Lóránt Lehrner, ELI-ALPS project director, plenipotentiary for ELI in Hungary
(, +36 30 939 9010)
Prof. Nicolae-Victor Zamfir, ELI Nuclear Physics project director, plenipotentiary for ELI in Romania
(, +40 21 404 23 01)
Prof. Carlo Rizzuto, President of the Board of ELETTRA-Sincrotrone Trieste SCpA