The Italian research organisations INFN and CNR became official shareholders of European XFEL GmbH on Friday (October 5, 2018). The National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) and the National Research Council (CNR) together now own 2.9 per cent of the company’s shares; one third going to INFN and two thirds to CNR. Italy is now the fourth largest funder after Germany, Russia and France.
Close collaboration with Italy
Prof. Robert Feidenhans’l, Managing Director of European XFEL, said: “Italy has always been a strong and important partner. I am very pleased that our Italian colleagues are now also officially shareholders of European XFEL, and I look forward to an even closer working relationship.” European XFEL GmbH is a non-profit company. The governments of the international partners designate its shareholders. Ten of the 12 partner countries, with the addition of Italy, have formalized their commitment to the project by becoming shareholders.
Among largest European research projects
The X-ray laser XFEL produces extremely bright and ultra-short flashes of light, which provide new insights into atomic details and fast processes in the nanocosmos using special experimental stations. European XFEL is one of the largest and most ambitious European research projects with costs of EUR 1.22 billion (2005 price level) for construction and commissioning and at a length of 3.4 kilometres.
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