NWO-I, new Associate member of the European Gravitational Observatory
The Netherlands Foundation of Scientific Research Institutes, NWO-I, has officially become an associate member of the European Gravitational Observatory (EGO), along with founding members of EGO CNRS and INFN. NWO-I manages Nikhef, the Dutch National Institute for Subatomic Physics, which has contributed resources and researchers to the Virgo experiment for many years. The official entry of NWOI required the approval of a new statute for the EGO consortium, which was officially signed by representatives of all institutions involved two days ago.
"This is a strong and emotional moment, NIKHEF , a very dynamic partner of Virgo since many years, becomes officially member of the EGO consortium - stated the EGO director Stavros Katsanevas - The strong collaborative and personal links we have developed through the years acquire now also an institutional status."
"The entrance of Nikhef into the EGO Consortium is an important milestone that reinforces the already strong collaboration among our institutes - declared the president of the EGO Council and INFN deputy president, Marco Pallavicini - paves the way to the growth of the Gravitational Wave community, and will help the success of the future Observation Periods of VIRGO.
We are extremely happy of this, and we hope that Nikhef is only the first of a long list of new Institutes joining EGO and participating to this exciting endeavour until the construction of the future Einstein Telescope in Europe."
EGO, the European Gravitational Observatory, located in the countryside near Pisa, was created 20 years ago (11 December 2000) by the “Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique” (CNRS), a French public, scientific and technological institution, and the Italian “Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare” (INFN).
The EGO Consortium is the institutional home of the gravitational interferometer Virgo, one of the three larger and most sensitive gravitational wave detector in the world (together with the two US LIGO). EGO has as its main purpose to ensures the functioning of Virgo, its maintenance, its operation and the improvements to be made. It also ensures the maintenance of the related infrastructures, including a computer centre, promotes the co-operation in the field of the experimental and theoretical gravitational waves research in Europe, trough contacts among scientists and engineers, dissemination and outreach activities and the provision of advanced training for young researchers.