Tue, 09/11/2012 - 15:00

The National Science Centre has become a full member of the ApPEC consortium (Astroparticle Physics European Coordination), a  body whose mission is to promote and support research in astroparticle physics. The newly established ApPEC is a continuation of the former body under the same name, and a result of the years of experience within the ERA-NET-type network such as ASPERA and ASPERA-2. Thanks to the efforts of the people involved in those initiatives, new solutions in research project funding and a roadmap for astroparticle physics were created. It also led to the launch of 3 calls for proposals for international research projects. The new consortium’s memorandum of understanding has thus far been signed by 11 European agencies representing Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, the Republic of Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, the United Kingdom and Poland. ApPEC tasks cover, among others, participation in the European debate on research in astroparticle physics, co-engineering European strategies in the scientific field and collaborating with organisations conducting research in the field, such as CERN, ESA or ESO.