The Integrated Initiative of European Laser Research Infrastructures
Laserlab-Europe is in the third phase of its successful cooperation: the Consortium now brings together 30 leading organisations in laser-based inter-disciplinary research from 16 countries. Together with associate partners, Laserlab covers the majority of European member states. 20 facilities offer access to their labs for European research teams.
Lasers and photonics, one of only five key enabling technologies identified by the European Union, are not only essential for the scientific future but also for the socio-economic security of any country. Given the importance of lasers and their applications in all areas of sciences, life sciences and technologies, the main objectives of the Consortium are:
- To maintain a competitive, inter-disciplinary network of European national laser laboratories;
- To strengthen the European leading role in laser research through Joint Research Activities (JRA), pushing the laser concept into new directions and opening up new applications of key importance in research and innovation;
- To offer transnational access to top-quality laser research facilities in a highly co-ordinated fashion for the benefit of the European research community;
- To increase the European basis in laser research and applications by reaching out to neighboring scientific communities and by assisting the development of Laser Research Infrastructures on both the national and the European level.
Access success stories
Ever since the beginning of Laserlab-Europe, one of its most important features has been the Transnational Access Programme. Up to now, about 1,200 scientists from institutions outside Laserlab-Europe had access to Laserlab facilities to perform their experiments. Proposals for Transnational Access are reviewed by an external and independent Access Selection Panel on the basis of scientific merit. Access to Laserlab facilities is free of charge; travel and accommodation expenses of visits with a typical duration of two to six weeks are covered by the Programme. Through the years, many long-term research collaborations have been formed as a result of Transnational Access. On the following pages, we highlight a few particularly successful access projects.