When seven leading European Intergovernmental Research Organizations (EIRO) decide to merge their forces for strengthening European science, it is indeed a major positive event for Europe. Their expertise in running world leading facilities in the fields of space, astronomy, biology, energy, particles physics, neutronics and radiation supports Europe’s competitiveness in research.

The seven EIROs are world leaders within their respective field of science and their names are well known all around the world: the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), the European Fusion Development Agreement (EFDA), the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Southern Observatory (ESO), the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL).

These seven member organisations constitute the vanguard of European science, enabling European scientists to engage in truly cutting-edge research and be competitive on a global scale.

A primary goal of EIROforum is to play an active and constructive role in promoting the quality and impact of European research. In particular the group mobilises its substantial combined expertise in basic research and in the management of large international infrastructures, facilities and programmes, for the benefit of European research and development. Furthermore EIROforum has developed a suite of educational programmes and public outreach activities, often in collaboration with the European Commission, and carried out by the Communication and Education departments of the partner organisations. Working in close dialogue both with the European Commission and national institutions, the EIROforum member organisations play a vital role in forging collaborations on a continental scale.

EIROforum is the main engine behind important initiatives such as Physics on Stage, a festival gathering each year about 400 teachers from 23 European countries. In such events the member organizations promote the exchange of information among educators, new teaching methods and tools and give a direct access to the cutting-edge research which is carried out daily in their laboratories. The words of EU Commissioner P. Busquin properly summarise the aims of EIROforum and its role in the European society: “EIROforum, in collaboration with the European Commission, will play a decisive role in promoting the quality and consistency of European research.”

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The 2005 World Year ofPhysics:


Meet EIROforum at the following forthcoming events:

• EuroScience Open Forum (Stockholm, August 2004)

• European Science and Technology Week (November 2004)

• Science on Stage (Spring 2005)
and all throughout 2005 for the World Year of Physics.

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