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ESRF is a prime example of pan-European scientific cooperation. A total of 20 countries are involved in the joint operation of the stadium-sized facility, which produces extremely bright X-ray light used to study a very broad range of materials, from biomolecules and nanomagnets through to ancient Egyptian cosmetics and metal foams.
ESRF stands out for the quality of its beamlines, the scientific results obtained at the facility, the techniques and instruments developed on-site, and the knowledgeable support the ESRF staff provides to visiting scientists who come to use the facility for their experiments.
ILL is an international research facility at the leading edge of neutron science and technology. Founded in 1967 by France and Germany, the center is today funded by France, Germany, and twelve other countries . It boasts one of the most intense neutron sources in the world feeding 40 high-tech instruments. The center’s neutron beams and other resources are available for use by researchers from ILL associate countries.
IRAM was founded in 1979 by the French CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), the German MPG (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft) and the Spanish IGN (Instituto Geográfico Nacional), which was initially an associate member until it became a full member in 1990. Today, the institute is considered a model for transnational scientific cooperation.
IRAM is headquartered in Grenoble. With a staff of more than 120 scientists, engineers, technicians, and administrative personnel, IRAM operates two observatories: a 30-meter telescope located on Pico Veleta near Granada in Spain, and the Plateau de Bure interferometer (an array of six fifteen-meter antennas) in the French Alps. Both instruments are prime facilities for radio astronomy and the most powerful observatories today operating at millimeter wavelengths.
EMBL is funded by 20 member countries. The facility is a leader in structural and molecular biology research. EMBL cooperates with ESRF and ILL on macromolecular crystallography research and develops techniques and instruments associated with this research. The facility also offers biochemistry services.
EMBL is partner in the Partnership for Structural Biology (PSB), as are IBS, ESRF, and ILL.
The European Magnetic Field Laboratory is a CNRS research unit that welcomes scientists from around the globe to conduct experiments using the lab’s magnetic fields (continuous in Grenoble and pulsed in Toulouse). The lab provides continuous magnetic fields up to 35 Tesla.