eso0230 — Organisation Release

Leading European Intergovernmental Research Organisations at FP6 Launch Conference

EIROforum at "European Research 2002" (Brussels, November 11-13, 2002)

4 November 2002

Last year, seven of Europe's leading intergovernmental research organisations set up a high-level co-ordination and collaboration group, known as EIROforum. They include CERN (particle physics), EMBL (molecular biology), ESA (space activities), ESO (astronomy and astrophysics), ESRF (synchrotron radiation), ILL (neutron source) and EFDA (fusion). All of them have powerful research infrastructures and laboratories which are used by an extensive network of scientists. Together, they represent European spearheads in some of the most crucial basic and applied research fields.

The EIROforum organisations will be highly visible at the upcoming EU-conference on "European Research 2002 - The European Research Area and the Framework Programme", to be held on November 11-13, 2002, at the "Palais du Heysel" in Brussels (Belgium). This meeting will be attended by more than 8000 scientists and decision-makers from all over Europe and serves to launch the 6th EC Framework Programme (2002 - 2006), which will have an important impact on Europe's R&D landscape during the coming years.

A joint 400 sq.m. exhibition, featuring the individual EIROforum organisations, their current programmes and many front-line achievements in their respective areas of activity, will be set up at Stand L in Hall 11 . It includes a central area, with a small cinema, displaying information about their current interactions via EIROforum. The stands will be manned throughout the conference by high-level representatives from the seven organisations.

On Tuesday, November 12, 2002, 14:00 hrs, a Press Conference will take place at this exhibition stand, in the presence of the European Commissioner for Research, M. Phillippe Busquin, and most of the Directors General (or equivalent) of the EIROforum organisations. The main themes will be the increasingly intense interaction and co-operation between the European Commission and EIROforum, as well as the role of EIROforum and its member organisations within the European Research Area. Moreover, the official signing of the EIROforum Charter by the Directors General on this occasion will signify the formal establishment of EIROforum.

Representatives of the EIROforum organisations will also participate in many of the numerous events that will take place during this large conference. Details will be found in the conference programme.

The current EIROforum chairperson is Prof. Fotis C. Kafatos (EMBL).


This Press Release is issued jointly by the seven organisations that are represented in EIROforum:

  • European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
  • European Fusion Development Agreement (EFDA)
  • European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)
  • European Space Agency (ESA)
  • European Southern Observatory (ESO)
  • European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF)
  • Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)
  • EIROforum Members

Prof. Colin Carlile
Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)

Dr. Catherine Cesarsky
European Southern Observatory (ESO)

Prof. Fotis C. Kafatos (Chair)
European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Prof. Luciano Maiani
European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)

Dr. Jérôme Paméla
European Fusion Development Agreement (JET-EFDA)

Dr. Antonio Rodotà
European Space Agency (ESA)

Prof. William G. Stirling
European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF)


The EIROforum website at contains useful information about this unique collaboration. For more details, please contact the respective PR Departments of the organisations (addresses below).


Mrs. Paola Catapano
Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: +41-22-767-4101

Mr Federico R. Casci
Garching, Germany
Tel: +49 89 3299 4237

Mr Russ Hodge
Heidelberg, Germany
Tel: +49 6221 387252

Dr. Franco Bonacina
Paris, France
Tel: +33 1 5369 7155

Dr Richard West
Garching, Germany
Tel: +49 89 32006 276

Ms Dominique Cornuéjols
Grenoble, France
Tel: +33 4 76 88 20 25

Dr. Albert Wright
Grenoble, France
Tel: +33 4 76 20 71 01

Mr Christopher Carpenter (on behalf of JET )
UKAEA - Culham Division
Abingdon, UK
Tel: +44 1235 464190

M. Stéphane Hogan, M.Sc.
European Commission - Research Directorate
Bruxelles, Belgium
Tel: +32-2-296.29.65

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