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Two new international research infrastructure projects are included in the ESFRI Roadmap 2021 with the support of the NRDI Agency
05 July 2021
Last modified: 09 July 2021
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At the ESFRI Forum, held online from 30 June to 1 July 2021, a decision was taken on the new research infrastructure projects to be included in the Roadmap of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures for 2021 (ESFRI announces new RIs for Roadmap 2021 |

The strategy document, to be published in December 2021, will already include 11 new projects to be launched from 2022 onwards through international cooperation. The EuPRAXIA (European Plasma Research Accelerator with eXcellence In Application) and GUIDE/EuroCohort (Growing Up In Digital Europe) projects will involve national institutions and researchers, and the National Research, Development and Innovation Office has issued a policy support letter for them.

EuPRAXIA – The equipment created by the collaboration will be part of a new class of accelerators that will be able to produce very short electron beams, a few times tens of nanoseconds long and very high energy, up to 5 GeV. These electrons will be used to generate similar short-duration electromagnetic pulses in the infrared, ultraviolet and X-ray ranges, and to produce additional particles such as positrons and neutrons. The beams will enable the investigation of questions of fundamental importance to biological and medical research, such as the spatial structure of cells, proteins, DNA fragments and other biomolecules (3D imaging), and their dynamic properties and changes over time.

In Hungary, the use of the EuPRAXIA research infrastructure is expected to enable the high-quality research work of nearly 200 medical, biological, life sciences, physics and materials science professionals, and a large number of engineers, IT and biomedical technicians to be involved in the construction and operation of the infrastructure.

GUIDE/EuroCohort - Led by Manchester Metropolitan University, an international consortium has in recent years begun an organisational and methodological development that will provide the first European basis for assessing children’s well-being and quality of life from birth to 25 years. The research team is multidisciplinary, with members from a wide range of disciplines: sociologists, lawyers, economists, health professionals and other social scientists (social philosophy, public policy, advocacy, etc.) working together to develop the professional and methodological framework of the research.

The project will involve researchers, PhD students, innovation and industrial technology developers, as well as future users in the fields of sociology, social policy, social work, social pedagogy, health sciences, economics, demography, public policy/politics, youth policy, law, child and youth protection.

Updated: 09 July 2021
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