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CNR: Alamanacco della Scienza


N. 7 - 20 apr 2011
ISSN 2037-4801

International info   a cura di Cecilia Migali


Luciano Maiani at the Esrf  

Professor Luciano Maiani, President of Cnr, visited recently the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (Esrf), the joint research centre that counts Cnr among its main partners, and the neighbouring Institut Laue Langevin (Ill). He was accompanied by the Heads of the Italian delegations to the Councils of the Esrf and the Ill along with other high-ranking officials. The objective of the visit included exploratory discussions how to stimulate industrial innovation from publicly funded research.

Today, Italian scientists account to close to 13% of the users of the Esrf, with an important community in solid-state and nuclear physics. More recent fields like geosciences and environment, new materials and sustainable energy research are however less prominently represented.

Professor Maiani noted with satisfaction the high representation of Italians among the Esrf's scientists and Ph.D. students; with 35%, they actually represent the biggest group among the many nationalities of the Ph.D. students.

After a visit of the accelerator main control room, the tour comprised Esrf beamlines ID21 and ID23 as well as the Crg beamline Gilda BM08, which is operated by the Cnr. The afternoon included a visit to the installations of the neighbouring Ill.

"I am very pleased in the interest the Cnr is taking in the Esrf and in widening the benefits of the Esrf for Italy's researchers both academic and industrial. Working together with Sincrotrone Elettra, its national light source, there will be a bright future ahead for synchrotron science in Italy", was the joint conclusion made by Francesco Sette, Esrf Director General, and Luciano Maiani at the end of the visit.


Fonte: Claus Habfast, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (Esrf), tel. tel. + 33 666 662 384, email claus.habfast@esrf.fr

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