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Deepening and broadening of astroparticle physics European coordination

Activity Code: ERANET.2008.1
Coordinator: Thomas Berghöfer, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY


Astroparticle Physics has become a mature and well accepted science discipline. Demonstrated by many world class projects currently developed and run by European Astroparticle physicists, Europe as a whole is the main promoter and leading the field. As a merit of ASPERA (AStroparticle Physics European Research Area network, http://www.aspera-eu.org/ ), the ERA-NET in Astroparticle Physics funded in the context of FP6 for 3 years starting in July 2006, the community as well as the supporting funding agencies are becoming more and more organised. In order to allow a deepening and broadening of the successful ERA-NET work started with ASPERA in FP6, the extended consortium here presents a work programme for a second ERA-NET phase (ASPERA-2).

Directly linked to the common action plan developed in ASPERA-1, the goals of ASPERA-2 are:

  • establish joint activities as the preferred way of funding R&D programmes and large projects,
  • establish sustainable procedures of mutual coordination and benchmarking,
  • create a sustainable structure for European Coordination in Astroparticle Physics,
  • extend the network to all European countries with interest in Astroparticle Physics,
  • increase the efforts towards global inter-regional coordination,
  • update the roadmap,
  • increase synergy with environmental sciences,
  • transfer knowledge and technology with SMEs, and
  • continue and extend outreach activities.

Project Details:

Start Date: 01.07.2009
End Date: 30.06.2012
EU Contribution: 2.38 Mio. Euro
Total Costs: 2.69 Mio. Euro
Funding Scheme: no contract type
Administrative Contact Person: Nina Hoffmann, nina.hoffmann@desy.de
Programme Coordinator:
Thomas Berghöfer, thomas.berghoefer@desy.de 
Project Website:http://www.aspera-eu.org/


  • Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY, Germany
  • Organisation Européenne pour la Recherche - Nucléaire European Organisation for Nuclear Research, Switzerland
  • Nacionalne zaklade za znanost, visoko školstvo i tehnologijski razvoj. Republike Hrvatske, Croatia
  • Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique, Belgium
  • Fundacao para a ciencia e a Tecnologia, Portugal
  • Vetenskapsradet - Swedish Research Council, Sweden
  • Schweizerischer Nationalfonds zur Förderung der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung, Switzerland
  • Fyzikalni Ustav AV CR V.V.I, Czech Republic
  • Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen, Belgium
  • Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique, France
  • Ministerstvo školství, mládeže a t?lovýchovy, Czech Republic
  • Narodowe Centrum Bada? i Rozwoju, Poland
  • Stichting voor Fundamenteel Onderzoek der Materie (FOM), The Netherlands
  • Institutul National de C&D pentru Fizica si Inginerie Nucleara “Horia Hulubei” (IFIN-HH), Romania
  • Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, Germany
  • Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovacion, Spain
  • Istituto Nazionale di Fiscia Nucleare, Italy
  • Nemzeti Kutatási és Technológiai Hivatal, Hungary
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France
  • Science and Technolgy Facilities Council, United Kingdom
  • National Center for Scientific Research "DEMOKRITOS", Greece