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The ET2SMEs project is carried out under the Interreg V-A Euregio Meuse-Rhine Programme, with € 1.15 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). By investing EU funds in Interreg projects, the European Union invests directly in economic development, innovation, territorial development, social inclusion and education in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine.

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Friday, October 8th, 2021

ET Industrial Advisory Board Meeting – save the date!

The Einstein telescope and preparation projects as E-TEST, ETpathfinder and ET2SMEs are pushing the technology beyond the current state of the art in many areas, both for the prototype of interferometer and for geological investigation of the subsurface. 

As part of E-TEST, we have established an ET Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) to facilitate close collaboration with various industrial partners, both SMEs and large companies.

The second joint ET Industrial Advisory Board will take place on October 8 2021 from 9:00 am till 2:00 pm. The date is set. 

What we don’t know yet is whether we will hold the event virtually or face to face. In the latter case, the start time of the event will be slightly delayed to allow all participants to join us. 

In case of a face-to-face event, we will also plan a lunch at the end of the event.

The registration to the ET IAB is free of charge but mandatory via this link. We thank you for blocking this date in your agenda and are locking forward to meeting all of you on October 8!

Thursday, July 1st, 2021

Einstein Telescope approved for ESFRI Roadmap 2021

On June 30th, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) decided to include the Einstein Telescope in the 2021 upgrade of its roadmap. This confirms the relevance of this major international project for a next generation gravitational waves observatory for the future of research infrastructures in Europe and gravitational wave research at global level.

The Research Infrastructure Consortium Coordinators, Antonio Zoccoli of INFN and Stan Bentvelsen of Nikhef, are extremely excited about this result. “We are very pleased about this important result: the ESFRI approval acknowledges the value of our project and strengthens the Einstein Telescope at the European level”, says Zoccoli. “We will work synergistically for its development, confident that it is strategic to foster our knowledge of the universe, technological innovation and social growth.”

“The ESFRI-status is a major step towards the realisation of this European project, – says Bentvelsen – “scientifically the Einstein Telescope is undisputed, and with the ESFRI-status there is indispensable recognized support for its quality and impact. We are looking ahead to further develop the plans together with all countries involved.”

The Italian government submitted the proposal for the ESFRI-roadmap on September 9th, 2020 supported by the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland and Spain. “The preparation of the proposal has been a two years large effort involving several research institutions and universities, now composing the Einstein Telescope consortium, belonging to ten European countries and having real interdisciplinary competences”, says Michele Punturo, Coordinator of the ET-ESFRI proposal preparation.

Since September 9th, several of the people involved were invited to present the plans, to deepen specific aspects of the project and answer questions of the ESFRI evaluation committee. Among them was Marica Branchesi, member of the ET-ESFRI proposal preparation team: “We have worked hard to develop the science case of the Einstein Telescope. Each simulation showed us the enormous capabilities of the Einstein Telescope observing the Universe. The Einstein Telescope will revolutionize our knowledge in fundamental physics, astrophysics, and cosmology”, says Branchesi.

The Einstein Telescope was identified after a long and accurate process of evaluation and selection. During the ESFRI Assembly meeting, delegates officially decided to include the Einstein Telescope in the roadmap. This official European approval now brings the project into a new phase. The scientific Institutions involved from ten countries (Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, Poland, The Netherland, United Kingdom) will now have to intensify their research and development work on the Einstein Telescope and gravitational waves. It will also speed up the ongoing subsurface studies for the characterization and evaluation of the candidate sites that could host the underground infrastructure.

A new window on the universe

The Einstein Telescope is a future underground observatory for gravitational waves. The instrument will be much more sensitive than existing gravitational wave detectors. Therefore, the observatory will enable scientists to peek into the ‘dark ages’ of the universe for the first time. Gravitational waves were detected for the first time in 2015 and offer a new way of studying the universe. Until their first detection, scientists could only study the universe by looking at light or radiation, but with gravitational waves they can observe vibrations of spacetime itself.

Although the existence of gravitational waves was already predicted by Albert Einstein a hundred years ago, he did not expect it was possible to ever detect them. Yet with the mind blowing technological developments of the last century, scientists and engineers have managed to reach the sensitivity and precision that is needed to observe them. This opened a new era in the study of the universe, the era of gravitational wave and multimessenger astronomy, and led to a Nobel prize in 2017. The Einstein Telescope will lead to many more unimaginable discoveries in the future in this new field of research.

Thursday, May 27th, 13.00 – 14.30 pm

ET2SMEs – Kick-Off Event

The Einstein Telescope (ET) will open a new window to the universe through the observation of gravitational waves, positioning Europe at the forefront of this outstanding „cutting edge“ technology. The extended Euregio Meuse-Rhine obtains not only the best chances for being the location of this new research facility. Additionally, it offers great opportunities for innovative SMEs to further develop their advanced products and services, not only for the telescope, but also to other applications and other highly demanding markets!

ET2SMEs supports the development of new innovative products and services by promoting transnational R&D projects carried out by SMEs working together across borders in the extended Euregio Meuse-Rhine. If you want to learn more, how also your company can benefit, please join the Kick-Off Event on May 27th, 13.00 – 14.30 pm.

Welcome speeches
(10 minutes / 5min. each)
Dr. Tim Grüttemeier, StädteRegion Aachen
Mark Vos, Coordinator Interreg Euregio Meuse-Rhine
Key note
(15 minutes)
“The Einstein Telescope and the research activities for a soft landing in the Dutch-Belgian-German cross-border region”
Prof. Dr. Stefan Hild, University of Maastricht
Presentation
(15 minutes)
“ET2SMEs – The Einstein-Telescope and SMEs”
In a nutshell: Targets, offers & added values for SMEs
Ralf P. Meyer, Leadpartner AGIT

First results: ET Technologies Online Catalogue & 3D model of ET competencies in extended EMR area
Annick Pierrard, ITF ULiège & Geoffrey Parks, Sowalfin
(5 minutes)Break / Selection of session I or II
Parallel sessions 30 minutes
(Input: 15 minutes / Q&A: 15 minutes)
“The challenges of ET relevant technologies”
Session I: Instrument technologies, Input from: Prof. Dr. Achim Stahl, RWTH Aachen
Session II: Geology technologies, Input from: Prof. Dr. Frédéric Nguyen, ULiège
In each session: Q&A from businesses, research and stakeholders

Publications / Press Releases

26 May 2021, De Limburger

Nieuw project Einstein Telescope

March 01 2021

SMEs benefit from Einstein Telescope

April 30, 2021

Télescope Einstein : une réelle opportunité pour nos entreprises wallonnes

Movies / Animations

May 27 2021

ET2SMEs – Kick-Off Event

April 26, 2021

The Einstein Telescope

The Einstein Telescope presentation by Albert.