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The XII symposium of the Einstein Telescope (ET) took place in Budapest, at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, on the 7th - 8th of June. The ET scientific community met in Budapest for a crucial step in the long Einstein Telescope journey: the formal establishment of the ET Collaboration.
More than 400 scientists, out of more than 1200 members of the Collaboration, parti cipated in the meeting in person or remotely. The ET members discussed the status of the experiment, the technical challenges, the scientific case, and the scientific and technical progresses made by each of the ET boards. The ET Project Directorate presented the perspective from the funding agencies. Finally, the approved INFRA-DEV Horizon EU project, for supporting the preparation phase of the experiment, and the INFRA-TECH Horizon EU proposal, recently submitted to Brussels for supporting technological R&D activities, were introduced to the whole Collaboration.
During the meeting in Budapest, the ET Collaboration Board (CB) was constituted, temporary chaired by Dr. H. Lueck (AEI), composed of the representatives from each of the 79 research units from 13 countries. During the first CB meeting, the ET Collaboration discussed the recently created ET bylaws that will govern the future of the experiment and initiated procedures to set up the required Collaboration committees. In addition, interim ET Spokesperson (Michele Punturo, INFN) and Deputy Spokesperson (Harald Lueck) figures were identified.
With the birth of the ET Collaboration, this symposium marks a milestone on the long journey of the Einstein Telescope endeavour.
The long journey of the Einstein Telescope (ET) has reached a crucial point: we are ready to launch the foundation of the ET Collaboration.
The ET Steering Committee has established an initial set of definitions and rules (ET Bylaws) that provide the framework for the ET Collaboration in its initial phase.
You can find the “ET bylaws” document at the link:
The building blocks of the ET collaboration are the Research Units (RU) and the ET Steering Committee is now launching the call for proposals of new RUs in ET. The procedure to submit a proposal for a new RU in ET starts at this link, where an online form and an offline Excel file have to be filled in for each new RU proposal.
The collection of RU proposals will be permanently open, but only the proposal received within the 31st of May 2022 will be “used” to form the first Collaboration Board, which will meet during the next ET Symposium.
The XII ET Symposium will be in Budapest (Hungary) the 7-8 of June, 2022. The symposium is organised in a hybrid configuration, both in person and via Zoom.
As the number of participants is limited, we invite you to register as soon as possible on the Indico page: https://indico.ego-gw.it/event/411/
The Symposium will be a crucial step in the formation of the ET collaboration, following the procedure described above, and your participation is warmly recommended.
During the ET Symposium, the current status of the Collaboration, the exciting progress of the ET project and the scientific and technical progress in ET design will be presented; the focus will in any case be on the kick-off of the Collaboration.
We very much hope to see you in Budapest at the XII. ET Symposium.
Michele & Harald on behalf of the ET steering committee
The ETIC (Einstein Telescope Infrastructure Consortium) project aims to realise a network of research infrastructures in Italy to develop the enabling technologies for the Einstein Telescope gravitational wave observatory (ET). ETIC is coordinated by the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN) and co-proposed by INAF (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica), ASI (Agenzia Spaziale Italiana) and by 11 Universities distributed along all Italy . Two are the main targets of ETIC:
1) Realise a network of infrastructures, laboratories and facilities to develop the ET enabling technologies
2) Realise a preliminary engineering design of ET, performing the needed geotechnical investigations in the Sardinia candidate site
The first target will be accomplished realising 15 laboratories co-hosted by the INFN units and the participating universities, devoted to realise technologies in optics, coatings, photonics, electronics, precision mechanics, seismic filtering systems, interferometric facilities, computing test facilities. The second target will need the realisation of two laboratories devoted to the engineering and architectural design of ET and the launch of a relevant call for tender for the realisation of the preliminary engineering design.
A crucial point is the recruitment of an ETIC technology and research team: several young researchers and technologists (physicists, engineers, architects, geophysicists), technicians, are proposed to be recruited to collaborate in ET.
Although the proposal is still under evaluation, and we expect the decision in June 2022, we are starting to collect informal expression of interests by possible candidates to the ETIC positions. Currently we are collecting these expressions of interest for the positions of Research Infrastructure Manager and for the Scientific Assistant. You can find the form here.
Participation to the M2-Tech proposal for the HORIZON-INFRA-2022-TECH-01-01 call
ET, CTAO and other ESFRI infrastructures are preparing a proposal for the HORIZON-INFRA-2022-TECH-01-01 European call. In case you are interested to participate, please, register on the form:
ET Workshop on Site Studies and Characterisation
Nuoro, Sardina (IT), 8-11 November 2021
The Workshop on ET sites characterisation gives the possibility to summarize the status of site studies and it allows the discussion about future plans,
in order to coordinate the efforts and to share the experiences. The selection criteria are discussed and defined.