Round table on Internationalization of XCELS project

03 April, 2018

On 7 and 8 December 2017, the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA) organized, on the premises of the Extreme Light Infrastructure Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP) in Bucharest-Măgurele, Romania, a Round Table on Internationalization of the XCELS project. The round table was devoted to the discussion and preparation of the introduction of fundamentals of an international access, user, and governance policies for the Russian XCELS Exawatt laser project, hosted at the Institute of Applied Physics (IAP) of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Participants at the Round table during the visit organized at the ELI Nuclear Physics facility in Bucharest-Măgurele (Romania), which hosted the event. Credit: ELI Nuclear Physics.

The event gathered, in addition to the CEA and the Russian promoters of the XCELS project from the Institute of Applied Physics (IAP) Beneficiaries representatives, a representative of the European Commission, as well as representatives of the management of key European Research Infrastructures: European XFEL, ELI-DC, ESS, ESRF, ILL, and of the LaserLab Europe network.

During the meeting, the promoters of XCELS project presented its present status, the European ambition and the approximate schedule for XCELS’ implementation, the representative of the European Commission described the strategy of DG Research in supporting research infrastructures development strategy in Europe, and in particular dedicated actions aiming at supporting cooperation in this area with the Russian Federation, whereas the leaders of the European research infrastructures addressed, for their facilities, the key figures related to user access and international cooperation, formulating recommendations for the requirements and expectations concerning the fundamentals of internationalization, user access policy and governance.

The event lead to a set of recommendations concerning the internationalization of XCELS, which will serve as a basis in the establishment of operation principals of this facility in order best serve the interests of both Russian and European scientific users.


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