Posted on: 10th November 2010

On 8/9 November, the EIROforum Council met at JET for its regular Autumn Assembly. The Council comprises the Directors General (or equivalent) of the partner organisations CERN, EFDA-JET, EMBL, ESA, ESO, ESRF and ILL. These are Europe’s largest research facilities covering particle physics, fusion, molecular biology, space research, astronomy and astrophysics, materials science and neutron research. During the period July 2010 to June 2011, EIROforum is chaired by EFDA Leader Dr Francesco Romanelli.

The EIROforum Council was especially glad to welcome its eighth member: The European X-ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL), located in Hamburg, Germany.

After having signed the declaration of accession, discussions continued on how to develop the European Research Area (ERA) further. Another important debate among the EIROforum members is how to participate in the discussions about the next – eighth- Framework Programme which starts in 2014. In general, key aspects in European Research and Technical development vary between funding periods. First discussions have started this year, the perfect time for EIROforum members to bring in their experience.

The EIROforum Council meetings often provide scope for discussions with other key stakeholders in the European Research Area. At this meeting, participants from the European Commission, the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) and the European association of national Research Facilities (ERF) attended for specific sessions.