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CERN - EuCARD-2 kicks off

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June 18, 2013

Last week CERN hosted a number of events that focused on research and development for particle accelerators.

On Monday speakers presented the results of the EuCARD project – a common research-and-development venture of 39 partners involved in accelerator sciences and technologies in Europe. In a 2-day workshop experts discussed the future of accelerators, predicting their technical needs for the next 50 years. Then on Thursday and Friday, EuCARD-2 – an R&D project for the next generation of accelerators – was officially launched.

Image above: EuCARD-2 aims to foster new ideas for next-generation particle accelerators (Image: Anna Pantelia/CERN).

The project, coordinated by Maurizio Vretenar from CERN, will last four years, managing a budget of €23.4 million of which one third is from the European Commission. “This project builds on the success of EuCARD in joining large laboratories with the intellectual potential of small institutes and universities,” says Vretenar. “EuCARD-2 aims to become an important actor in fostering new ideas and technologies for the future of accelerators and in enhancing their impact on the society."

EuCARD-2 will focus on two objectives: research and development for the next generation of accelerators for research; and multidisciplinary collaborations to bring this technology to other fields of application such as health, energy and environment. The project involves a total of 40 laboratories and universities in 14 countries in Europe as well as CERN.


CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is one of the world’s largest and most respected centres for scientific research. Its business is fundamental physics, finding out what the Universe is made of and how it works. At CERN, the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments are used to study the basic constituents of matter — the fundamental particles. By studying what happens when these particles collide, physicists learn about the laws of Nature.

CERN - To discover the secrets of matter. (Image: CERN)

The instruments used at CERN are particle accelerators and detectors. Accelerators boost beams of particles to high energies before they are made to collide with each other or with stationary targets. Detectors observe and record the results of these collisions.

Founded in 1954, the CERN Laboratory sits astride the Franco–Swiss border near Geneva. It was one of Europe’s first joint ventures and now has 20 Member States.

Related links:

EuCARD project:


Workshop experts, the future of accelerators:

European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN):

Images (mentioned), Text, Credits: CERN /  Marina Giampietro.

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