The ILIAS Project brings together scientists from accross Europe working in Astroparticle Science, a young and exciting research field situated at the crossroads between Particle Physics, Astronomy, and Cosmology.
ILIAS has pulled together a major part of Europe's leading infrastructures in Astroparticle Physics, namely Underground laboratories and Gravitational Waves observatories, to produce a focused, coherent and integrated project. Its goals are multiple: • organise and structure the European Astroparticle Physics community, • improve the existing infrastructures and their operation, • prepare the best infrastructures for the future.
Established through a contract between the European Commission (EC) and a Consortium, today ILIAS gathers 22 participants, or some 70 laboratories from 13 countries. It was launched on April 2004 and it will continue for 5 years, with a total EC financial contribution of € 7,5 Million.
ILIAS coordination is insured by Gilles Gerbier from the French research organisation CEA.
Final ILIAS Annual Meeting on February 16-19, 2009 [Published on: December 17th, 2008]
The 6th and final ILIAS Annual Meeting will take place on February 16 - 19, 2009 at the Conference Center "House of the Church" in Dresden (Germany) hosted by the University of Technology Dresden . This last meeting will be the occasion to summarise and underline the achievements and the boost that this program gave to Astroparticle Physics in the underground physics and infrastructure world, and in the gravitational wave search field. The scientific program will include invited talks by "external" scientists on related topics and developments of other, similar projects.
Einstein Telescope receives ILIAS-GWA heritage [Published on: November 7th, 2008]
With ILIAS approaching its end, Networking Activity NA5 can already claim having successfully accomplished its overall aim of improved collaboration between the different European components of the Gravitational Wave (GW) scientific community.
Besides achievements such as production of joint scientific articles and exchange of information and personnel, also, and most important, the drafting of a common future scenario for the GW research in Europe has been achieved. Indeed, in the last years, the idea of a so-called 3rd generation GW detector has been the core business of NA5-WP3, with a synergic support in the maturation of the subject provided by other components of ILIAS (JRA3 and NA5-WP2) as well as by European institutions such as the European Science Foundation.
As a result, the Einstein Telescope (ET) Design Study proposal for a 3rd generation GW observatory was submitted within the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission (EC). ET was successfully evaluated and now the design study has just started, with an EC support of about 3 M€ distributed over three years. Eight research institutions, belonging to the ILIAS project, are collaborating to produce the conceptual design of this new generation of detector, which will be a hundred times more sensitive than current ones. The observable volume of the universe will, then, increase by a factor of a million, thus opening a new window of GW astronomy. image: logo ET (courtesy Michelangelo)
Joint Meeting - Final ILIAS-NA5-JRA3 and first Einstein Telescope Meeting [Published on: November 7th, 2008]
On 24 - 26 November, 2008, the EGO / Virgo site will host the first Einstein Telescope (ET) general meeting, in connection with the final ILIAS-NA5/JRA3 general meeting. This joint event proves the strong connection between the new FP7-supported activity of ET and the FP6-supported ILIAS, where important preparatory work took place image: ET artistic representation. Courtesy J.v.d. Brand, Nikhef
Final Meeting of the ILIAS User Selection Panel for the Transnational Access activity [Published on: November 7th, 2008]
On October 9th, 2008, the international User Selection Panel of the Transnational Access (TA) activity met to monitor the status of this activity. The 5-years deliverable has already been achieved for LNGS, with those of LSM and Boulby being well on track. At present, 25 out of a total of 38 projects TA-supported scientific projects have been successfully completed.