Project summary

The Integrated Infrastructure Initiative (I3) "Integrating Activity on Synchrotron and Free Electron Laser Science" (IA-SFS) has two strategic objectives:

  1. to support transnational users of national facilities in the domain of synchrotron and FEL science;
  2. to support joint research activities (JRAs) with the purpose of:
    1. enhancing the effectiveness of the facilities in serving users and in particular transnational users.
    2. contributing to the development of novel sources in this domain.

The access and research initiatives are complemented and enhanced by targeted networking activities:

  1. The IA-SFS will continue the Round Table support for specialized workshops, meetings and schools with the objectives to:
    1. stimulate new ideas for transnational collaboration.
    2. prepare new generations of users.
  2. The IA-SFS will also support transnational exchanges between facilities and user institutions.
List of participants

The initiative is based on the very solid record of success of transnational access contracts at individual facilities in the past decade, of the coordinating role of the European Round Table for Synchrotron Radiation and Free Electron Lasers, and of several instrumentation collaboration projects. The key element of the success is that the EC support has practically opened the most advanced network of synchrotron and FEL sources in the world to all qualified European users based on merit. The present I3 will continue and boost this very successful approach. The impact is positive on scientists from all over Europe and in particular on those from countries without this type of facilities. Many new experiments will be made possible fully exploiting the intellectual resources of thousands of scientists. The JRAs target strategic areas of instrumentation with specific emphasis on electron guns and experimental tools for future x-ray lasers.

To appreciate the dimension of this initiative, note that it involves ESRF and all major national facilities in Europe. The national facilities alone provide over 200 experimental stations and will expand this patrimony. The IA-SFS facility network puts Europe at the forefront of this strategic area of science and technology -- and the IA-SFS will enable Europe to fully exploit it beyond national barriers.

The duration of the project is 5 years: March 1st, 2004 - February 28th, 2009.

The I3 Project IA-SFS is supported by the European Community - Research Infrastructure Action under the FP6 "Structuring the European Research Area" Programme (EC contribution: 27 million Euro).