With the kick-off meeting hosted at the Frascati National Laboratories on 18 January, the new External Funds Division (DFE) was presented to the INFN community. The event, which was attended by both the administrative and scientific representatives of the Institute, was an opportunity to present the structure and services DFE offers to the community: we talked about it with the head of the DFE, Amedeo Staiano.
In which context and why does the INFN External Funds Division arise?
The External Funds Division (DFE) represents INFN’s evolution towards an ever-increasing focus on European and other funding calls, and the consequent need to effectively organise the Institute’s initiatives. This evolution began with the establishment of the Commission for Relations with the European Union in 2003, which was committed to completing the sixth framework programme (FP) of the European Commission (EC) and a large part of the seventh, and in 2012 it subsequently evolved into the External Funds Service, which concluded the seventh FP and addressed two thirds of the new Horizon2020 FP. The DFE, which we presented to the INFN community in the kick-off meeting a few days ago, was created on the proposal of the Executive Board and of the Director General, with the aim of ...
The Advanced Virgo gravitational wave detector and the Advanced LIGO twin experiments will start taking data again this spring, if everything goes as planned in April, when the third observation campaign, in jargon O3, will begin. In particular, for Advanced Virgo, the challenge is to improve further in terms of both observation time and sensitivity. ...
On 18 January, at the Whipple Observatory in Amado, Arizona, pSCT (prototype of the Schwarzschild-Couder Telescope), a prototype telescope for gamma-ray astronomy, which will begin to take data in the coming months, was inaugurated. The aim of pSCT is to provide indications for the construction of the medium-sized telescopes that will be part of the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA), the next-generation ...
On 19 December, the European Research Council (ERC) appointed new members of its Scientific Council. The Nobel laureate for Chemistry Ben L. Feringa, from the University of Groningen, Lene Vestergaard Hau, physicist, Professor at Harvard University, and Manuel Arellano, economist, Professor ...
The European Physical Society (EPS) Emmy Noether Distinction for Women in Physics 2018 (winter) has been attributed to Chiara Mariotti, INFN Turin Division’s reasearcher. Mariotti has been awarded for her outstanding contributions to the discovery and characterisation of the Higgs boson, for her leading role as founder and coordinator of the LHC-wide Higgs Cross Section Working Group, and ...
Innovation, industrial research, guidance and training for companies. These are the key words that define the mission of the eight competence centres, consortia that bring together universities, research institutions, companies and foundations, funded by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development (MISE) to foster collaborations between research and business in "Industry 4.0" technologies. ...
An innovative research infrastructure, based on the combination of high brightness electron beams with high intensity ultra-short laser pulses, is active since 2013 and is now available to the international scientific community working in the field of particle accelerators and their applications. SPARC LAB (Source for Plasma Accelerators and Radiation Compton with Lasers and Beams): this is the name of the interdisciplinary laboratory of the INFN Frascati National Laboratories. The SPARC LAB enables the detailed study of the most modern plasma acceleration techniques and the development of leading-edge interdisciplinary research, in a spectrum that ranges from materials science to biology, cultural heritage and medicine: a first step towards the possible future applications of EUPRAXIA (European Plasma Research Accelerator with eXcellence In Applications). The idea of this unique infrastructure originated in 2013 at the INFN Frascati Laboratories from the fruitful combination of pre-existing projects, with the aim of providing unparalleled performance at world level. Stemming from the integration of a latest-generation photo-injector (SPARC), capable of producing electron beams with energy of up to 170 MeV with high peak current (higher than one kilo ampere) and low emittance (less than 2 millimetres per milliradiant), and of a high power (more than 200 terawatts) laser (FLAME) able to ...
Prototype Schwarzschild-Couder Telescope at Whipple Observatory in Arizona Credit INFN
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