The Analytical Research Infrastructures of Europe (ARIEs) published a joint position paper highlighting how a common, complementary approach will strengthen the European analytical research infrastructures collectively and will, thus, help address the societal challenges of the Horizon Europe Missions framework programme.
ARIE are centres of scientific and technological excellence all over Europe, delivering services, data and know-how to a growing and diverse user community of more than 40,000 researchers in academia and industry, across a range of domains:
- the physical sciences
- the environment and the earth sciences
- cultural heritage
They include powerful photon sources, such as synchrotrons, laser systems and free-electron lasers; sources of neutrons, ion beams and other particle beams; and facilities dedicated to advanced electron-microscopy and high magnetic fields.
“Insights into materials and living matter made possible by their collective tools underpin the advanced research necessary for the success of the Horizon Europe Missions”, underlines Helmut Schober, Chair of LENS and Director of the Institut Laue-Langevin in France. ”The ARIEs provide free access to the scientific user community based upon scientific excellence and open data.”
“Within the Horizon Europe Missions, there is an unprecedented opportunity to deploy the analytical techniques, skills and know-how of the ARIEs on a large scale, targeting the Missions’ individual research needs”, concludes the coordinator of the ARIE working group, Mirjam van Daalen, vice Chair of the LEAPS coordination board and Chief of Staff of the Photon Science Division at Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) in Switzerland. “Thanks to the nature of Europe and the ease of multi-disciplinary, cross-border partnerships, the many varied and complementary analytical techniques of the ARIEs can be brought together in coordination with the Horizon Europe Mission specialists. As a result, the unique value of the ARIEs can be added to the Missions, accelerating research and driving solutions for Europe’s citizens.”