Third annual CRISP meeting takes place in Grenoble

Third annual CRISP meeting takes place in Grenoble

Large research infrastructures are built on making the latest in technology for use in scientific experiments available to scientists. This often requires joint R&D efforts, and the CRISP project is bringing together eleven main players from across Europe to address four key technology areas for the big science of tomorrow. CRISP was launched in October 2011; the third annual meeting was the occasion to review the current status of the project, present some of the major accomplishments, and to coordinate the work for the last months of the project.

CRISP - the Cluster of Research Infrastructures for Synergies in Physics ( - is a 3-year project partly funded by the European Commission with 12 million Euros from the 7th Framework Programme. CRISP comes in four flavours of technological R&D: particle accelerators; large-scale physics instruments and experiments; detectors and data acquisition technologies; IT and data management systems.

Progress in accelerator technology is essential to provide research infrastructures with the best possible sources of Xrays, ions and neutrons, and to tackle tomorrow’s challenges in nuclear and high-energy physics. Joint developments for novel types of large-scale physics experiments and their related instrumentation will also create new scientific opportunities, across many other fields of science. New initiatives and approaches are required to cope with the ever-increasing flow of data from large experiments, and a joint effort will establish the technological base for adequate platforms for the processing and storage of, and access to these data.

Within the CRISP project, the eleven participating research entities exchange know-how and combine their complementary expertise, ensuring cost-efficient and coherent development of new technologies. Such synergies are crucial to respond to a rapidly evolving and internationally mobile community of scientists using these large-scale research facilities. As major players in cutting-edge science, they also contribute to the technological progress needed for tackling big societal challenges in health, environment, sustainable energy, transport and communication.

The eleven partners of the CRISP Project are listed on the roadmap of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). They are under construction (ELI, ESS, EuroFEL, European XFEL, ILC-HiGrade and SKA), or research infrastructures in operation undergoing an important upgrade (ESRF, GSI-FAIR, ILL, SLHC@CERN and GANIL-SPIRAL2).

The third Annual Meeting was jointly hosted from 2 to 4 June 2014 by the ESRF and the ILL. It took place on the epn campus in Grenoble, and attracted more than 100 participants. The meeting started with parallel topic meetings on Monday morning, before the opening of the plenary meeting at 14h, featuring three keynote lectures. John Womersley, the current chair of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), explained the role of ESFRI and its priorities within the new framework program Horizon 2020; Alex C. Mueller presented the current status and perspectives for the SPIRAL2 and FAIR facilities; and Lyn Evans, the project leader of the Large Hadron Collider, offered fascinating insights from the design and the construction of the LHC to the discovery of the Higgs boson. Following short status reports from the eleven participating research infrastructures, the meeting continued with a poster session and a buffet dinner in the recently inaugurated Science Building.

The Tuesday session started with five highlight talks from the CRISP project, covering subjects from accelerator components diagnostics to federated identity management. These were followed by the status reports from the four topic leaders, and a guided tour to the ESRF and ILL facilities. The meeting left ample time for exchange of ideas, and lively discussions continued during the dinner which took place in the Chateau de la Commanderie in Eybens.