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Italy becomes latest shareholder in European XFEL

INFN and CNR research organisations join the European XFEL GmbH in Hamburg

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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Sources and further information:
www.xfel.eu/news_and_events/

About European XFEL:

European XFEL is an international research facility of superlatives in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. It generates ultra-short X-ray laser flashes – 27,000 times per second and with a luminosity that is billions of times higher than that of the best conventional X-ray radiation sources. At the European X-ray laser, research groups from all over the world can decipher atomic details of viruses and cells, take 3D images in the nanocosmos, film chemical reactions and investigate processes such as those inside planets.

European XFEL GmbH is a non-profit research organization supported by international shareholders. These are nominated by the governments of the international partners. As part of the agreement, they undertake to jointly operate the European XFEL. Twelve countries are currently participating: Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia, Spain, Hungary and Britain. The European XFEL GmbH co-operates closely with the research centre DESY and other international institutions. It employs more than 350 people. The facility was officially opened In September 2017.

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