N2.1 Description and objectives of the activity

The DUSL networking activity is designed to implement a mechanism for the joint structuring and co-ordination of the four deep underground science laboratories (LNGS, Italy; LSM, France; LSC, Spain; IUS, United Kingdom), in order to ensure a better service to users with more efficient use of resources. To achieve this improved and optimised performance, the network has three key objectives:

  1. Provision of higher quality environments and operational support to users, via coordination of site assignment and improvements on basic equipment, technical and logistic support, access and communication.
  2. Improved health and safety issues, via exchange of best practice experience, progressing to a common approach on safety procedures specific to underground sites.
  3. Improved scientific coordination and communications to the public, through cooperation on communication initiatives.

Activity DUSL will have a key structuring effect. Not only will it accelerate integration of the existing separate management structures of the Underground laboratories at a European level but the new structures, handling the objectives above, will establish cross-links (Fig. 1) with many of the other networks and JRAs within ILIAS, in particular with N3, N4, TA1, JRA1 and JRA2. Thus N2 underpins coordination of a large part of the ILIAS activities.

1. Performance improvement and possible extensions of the deep underground laboratories

A cross-site planning is needed in order to ensure maximum operational efficiency, best use of space, and better matching of experiment environment.

Objectives :
• Improve the quality of service provided to the users of the different experiments by existing underground space at the sites (e.g. environment, equipment, technical support, logistics and operation).
• Design strategies for co-ordination of possible new extensions ofthepresentinfrastructures and gain maximum benefit from the complementary characteristics of the different sites.

2. Safety problems and accident prevention in underground sites

Optimal safety conditions are of primary importance in underground sites hosting a great variety of experimental installations. Consistent and clear procedures for health and safety across the sites and improved solutions to safety problems are crucial issues in the Underground Labs.

Objectives :
• To share experience acquired in health and safety issues in each laboratory and improve the relevant procedures.

3. Scientific Coordination and Public Communication

Various aspects of “inreach” and “outreach” need special effort in order to share with the scientific community the findings in the Deep Underground Labs and to improve the awareness of the general public.

Objectives :
• Stimulate co-ordination and promotion of Underground Sciencewithin the field across all the sites.
• Improve the quality of public communication of Underground Science activities to citizens by exploiting together best practices in the field.

N2.2 Participants

# Name Short name Role: Participation in
1 Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique CEA WP 1, WP 2, WP 3
2 Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique CNRS WP 1, WP 2, WP 3
3 Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare INFN WP 1, WP 2, WP 3
4 Universidad de Zaragoza
5 The University of Sheffield
USFD WP 1, WP 2, WP 3

(but not signatories to the contract)
Name Role: Contribution to
Deutsche Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) WP 1, WP 2, WP 3
Forschungzentrum (KFK) WP 3
Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory WP 1, WP 2
Democritos University WP 3
Fermi National Laboratory WP 1, WP 2, WP 3
Stanford Linear Accelerator Centre WP 1, WP 2, WP 3
Brookhaven National Laboratory WP 3
Princeton University WP 3

each year on the basis of the knowledge acquired during the previous year(s).

N2.4 Expected outcome

The DUSL Activity will create, by combining the knowledge and existing managerial structures of the labs, an important change in the performance of all the sites, in particular via improved technical and logistic support through greater coordination, enhanced provision of safety procedures, improved interaction between researchers at the sites and better communication with the public .

Each Working Group (see the management structure in Table 5) will monitor progress on its tasks with success measured by completion of listed milestones and associated deliverables (see Table 3). Publications of open reports after each of the Working Group meetings, detailing success with the deliverables, will be submitted for approval to the relevant ILIAS Committees. The monitoring will be performed, e.g., via questionnaires or website hits. The results of the monitoring will be made available on the ILIAS website.

Subsequent impact will also be evaluated by assessing the use and implementation of, e.g.:

•  joint technical notes,
•  recommendations made by the WGs,
•  new safety initiatives,
•  communication documents.

N2.5 Management

The Management structure for the DUSL Activity is characterised by the following elements (the composition of the boards and groups is provided in Table 5):

•  The DUSL Co-ordination and Management Committee
•  An overall DUSL Executive Board (DUSL EB)
•  One Executive Board for each of the three Work Packages
•  One Working Group for each of the 3 Work Packages: These working groups will include experts of each laboratory, possibly together with experts from external institutions or industries.

The corresponding activities will be structured along the organization of periodic working meetings (corresponding to milestones) where the status and perspectives of the network activities will be co-ordinated and reported.

The Director of the LNGS will supervise the three activities on DUSL: N2, JRA1, and TA1.



DUSL Co-ordination and Management Committee
(1 meeting per year)
Supervisor : Director of the LNGS
DUSL Co-ordinator: CEA, Deputy Co-ordinator: USFD, Directors and/or Representatives of the 4 Deep Underground Labs

Composition of each WP EB :
3 Members: 1 Work Package Leader and 2 Members from the corresponding Working Group (WG)
Composition of each WG: About 5 to 10 Members