European XFEL takes over EIROforum chairmanship
Massimo Altarelli begins one-year term on 1 July
On 1 July, European XFEL began its one-year term as the chair of the EIROforum collaboration, which is composed of eight major international European research facilities. EIROforum, whose member organisations include the research centre CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, and the European Space Agency (ESA), pushes for the further development of and funding for science in Europe and takes official positions on science policy issues. Other EIROforum member organisations alongside European XFEL are the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany; the European Southern Observatory (ESO); the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble, France; the European Consortium for the Development of Fusion Energy (EUROfusion); and the neutron source Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL), also in Grenoble.
EIROforum provides its member organisations and different stakeholders in politics, administration, and economics a platform for science policy exchanges. Furthermore, the member organisations cooperate in different working groups focused on instrumentation, innovation management and knowledge technology transfer, libraries, procurement, or safety.
“I look forward to my one-year chairmanship”, says Prof. Massimo Altarelli, managing director of European XFEL and the new chairman of the EIROforum Council. “Europe’s large research infrastructures are a success story. They stand for scientific excellence, successful European collaboration, as well as openness and transparency. In a time of growing Euroscepticism, these facilities are a good example for a cooperative, peaceful, forward-facing Europe. As pillars of research and innovation, they significantly contribute to maintaining economic prosperity in an increasingly competitive world.”