Press Release – RI2 Integrate Meet up

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The accelerated meet–up event was organized on June 26, 2019, at ELI NP’s venue in the framework of the RI2Integrate -Embeddedness of High Quality Research Infrastructures in the Danube Region Project by Magurele High Tech Cluster (MHTC) – PP7. The project is implemented under INTERREG Danube Transnational Programm.

The event aimed at an open discussion on the benefits brought by the project ELI NP  for the society and not only for the Romanian one but for the European one and the rest of the world.

Target group – representatives of public authorities, sate agency, development agency and mass media from Romania and EU countries. 20 persons attended the meet-up, most of them are partners in a project implemented in the framework of INTERREG Europe Program. We  took advantage of the projects synergy and invite them see the largest research infrastructure in Romania.

Since ELI-NP is going to be the most advanced research facility in the world focusing on the study of photo nuclear physics and its applications, comprising a very high intensity laser of two 10PW ultra-short pulse lasers and the most brilliant tunable gamma-ray beam. This unique experimental combination will enable ELI-NP to tackle a wide range of research topics in fundamental physics, nuclear physics and astrophysics, and also applied research in materials science, management of nuclear materials and life sciences.

This infrastructure will create a new European laboratory with a broad range of science covering frontier fundamental physics, new nuclear physics and astrophysics as well as applications in nuclear materials, radioactive waste management, material science and life sciences. The project needs to recruit specialist from all over the world and these was the reason we have chosen as target group public authorities (governmental and local) both from Romania and from Europe. ELI NP is presumed to be in near  future an important pole for knowledge transfer,  high level education and authentic careers in Big Science…

The event has been structured in two parts.

In the beginning Mr Dragos Seuleanu had a short intervention presenting to the participants the cluster and the project RI2 Integrate . He underlined  the similarities between the two projects – Public Procurement for Innovation  approached from different angles.

Also a large part of his presentation was dedicated to the project RI2 Integrated pilot construction of a Scientific Park activity that has as leader IFIN HH/ELI NP in cooperation with MHTC and Ilfov County. Here you can see presentation-dragos-seuleanu.

Mr. Ionel Andrei delivered a short presentation of the facility, history of the project a description of the researches that are going to be done and what makes this project to be unique in the world.

The visit followed the introductory part. Mr Dan Ghita, ELI NP Technical Director accompanied the group.  He explained to the participants that starting with the building the hole infrastructure is a state of the art construction.

The ELI-NP facility covers an area of approx. 33,000 m2 of high quality, energy efficient buildings, mostly dedicated to the high-power laser system, gamma-beam production system and instrumentation for experiments.

ELI-NP will be an open access facility. The civil construction comprises an office building, a guest house and a canteen.

The participants to the meet up received information about the directions of research to be studied at the facility, mainly in the field of nuclear physics and related research areas. They had also the privilege to see by them self’s some of the laboratories where this experiments will take place. Strong local teams, continuously growing during implementation phase, will develop state-of-the-art instrumentation for experiments in the emerging field of laser-driven nuclear physics.

They were explained that there are  five Research Activities (High-Power Laser System, High-Brilliance Gamma Beam, Nuclear Physics with High-Power Lasers, Nuclear Physics and Applications with high-brilliance gamma-beams and Fundamental Physics with combined laser and gamma beams) that emerged naturally, as a logical division between the R&D related to the experimental systems and the research pursued employing them, during the debates within the scientific community.

They were also informed that recently ELI-NP’s High Power Laser System reached 10PW (ten millions of billions of Watts) a world premiere that confirmed to the scientific environment and to general public that Romania and together with us the international scientific community has the most powerful laser in the world. The completion of this unique scientific equipment at the assumed parameters confirms that ELI-NP is a successful project, a landmark in the history of Science, and paves the way to top-level international experiments in Magurele.

The participants were impressed with what they have seen and appreciated the work of the Romanian team for building and implementing such a project. They have also appreciated the role of the European Union in financing the project. All of them appreciated the fact that ELI NP, in a way, represents an open facility in the sense that it accepts people from abroad to came and work here or to complete their doctoral studies here. Most of the guests from abroad have promised to inform their governments about the immense opportunity ELI NP represents for students, researchers and not in the least for the business community, they promised to stay in contact with ELI NP’s representatives for further cooperation.

Here you can see a photo gallery of the meet -up:

 Project co-funded by the European Union, European Regional Development Fund and Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance II