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1 ECT* A 15 year perspective 24 September 2008 Jean-Paul Blaizot, CNRS and ECT*

2 Some historical background What is ECT* ? Scientific activities at ECT* ? Who uses ECT* ? Scientific policy Funding issues Structural issues Final remarks

3 Some historical background

4 The European answer to the INT (Institute for Nuclear Theory) in Seattle ECT*INT Established in 1993Established in 1990

5 A « bottom-up » creation Initiative came from a scientific community The Trento project was chosen (among several others) at a meeting in Orsay (France) in 1992 The Centre received from the beginning a strong support from the PAT (through ITC) New sources of funding were gradually obtained (MoU with France, Germany, Italy, Denmark (open to other partners); ad-hoc agreements with other countries) ECT* was recognized as a major infrastructure by the EU and received support within the last FPs A beautiful example of an international (european) realization made possible by the strong support of a european region… and the personal dedication of its founders, in particular Renzo Leonardi.


7 What is ECT* ?

8 E uropean C enter for T heoretical Studies in Nuclear Physics and Related Areas ECT*

9 … Theoretical Studies …. Research done at ECT* is theoretical But most meetings involve experimentalists, some collaboration meetings invole mostly experimentalists Some ECT* researchers have very close contacts with experimental groups Large variety of topics, related to various aspects of nuclear physics in a broad sense. Also cross-disciplinary activities Theoretical tools common to many branches of physics Large scale numerical calculations (BEN) Library (on site, and access to that of the Phys. Dept.)


11 Scientific activities at ECT* ?

12 The goals of the ECT** a) to arrange in-depth RESEARCH on topical problems at the forefront of contemporary developments in theoretical nuclear physics b) to foster INTERDSICIPLINARY CONTACTS between nuclear physics and neighbouring fields such as particle physics, astrophysics, condensed matter physics and the quantal physics of small systems c) to encourage TALENTED YOUNG PHYSICISTS by arranging for them to participate in the activities of the ECT*, by organising training projects and establishing networks of active young researchers d) to strengthen the INTERACTION BETWEEN THEORETICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL studies.

13 (from Charlotte Ester, NSAC meeting, 05/16/07)

14 Scientific activities at ECT* - International workshops and collaboration meetings - Doctoral training program(s) - Visiting scientists - Postoctoral program - Local research (ECT*, Univ, BEC) - High performance computing (BEN)

15 Nuclear structure and reactions The Physics Opportunities with EURISOL (jan 06) The Physics of Halo Nuclei (nov 06) Num. Sim. of Heavy Ion Reactions in the Fermi Energy Domain (Apr 06) Experiment-Theory Intersections in Modern Nuclear Structure (Apr 07) Correlations in nuclei: beyond mean-field and shell model (Jun 07) Mass olympics (May 2008) Some recent examples 1

16 Hadrons / High energy Nuclear Physics Some recent examples 2 Generalized Parton distributions – The Present Status (Jun 06) Lattice QCD, Chiral Perturbation Theory and Hadron Phenomenology (Oct 06) Heavy Ion Reactions at Ultrarelativistic Energies (Jun 06) The Physics of High Baryon Density (Jun 06)

17 Cross-disciplinary programs Hadrons and Strings (Jul 06) The interface of quark-gluon-plasma physics and cold-atom physics (Mar 07) Many-body open quantum systems: From atomic nuclei to quantum dots (May 2007) Some recent examples 3

18 Training activities (ECT* Doctoral Training Programs/ Schools) Computational Techniques in Strongly Interacting Systems (DTP 06) Summer School on Exotic Nuclear Beams (Sept 06) QCD Spin Physics (DTP2 06) Nuclear Structure and Reactions (DTP 07) Some recent examples 4



21 (courtesy David Kaplan)

22 Scientific activities at ECT* Distribution of costs


24 The ECT* TFlop/s Cluster The Ape3D technology Joint venture: EXADRON PAT INFN BEN Soon, new project: Aurora

25 Who uses ECT* ?






31 Visitor-days spent at ECT* (workshop participants)

32 Scientific policy

33 ECT* is at the service of the community of nuclear physicists (in a broad sense) The proposals for activities at ECT*come from the community, and are selected by the ECT* Scientific Board

34 ECT* Board In particular, the functions of the Board are: - to endorse on a yearly basis the programme of scientific activities with their expected overall cost and personnel requirements - to establish research projects and long terms programmes - to approve whatever changes in programmes and their relative budgets that are proposed by the Director - to take the initiatives necessary to obtain, from National and European scientific-administrative institutions, additional financial resources - to identify the Director and propose him to the FBK for appointment

35 Board of ECT* Mauro Anselmino (Univ. Torino) -from Wanda Alberico (Univ. Torino) -from Bengt Friman (Chair, GSI, Darmstadt) -from Brian Fulton (NuPECC/Univ. York) -from H. Åke Gustafsson (Lund Univ./CERN) -from Wick Haxton (Uni. Washington, Seattle) -from Pawel Haensel (Copernicus Ctr. Warsaw) -from Simon Hands (Univ. Swansea) – from Piet Van Isacker (GANIL, Caen) – from


37 Board members are selected after consultation with the Associates Associates are all scientists that have positions in Universities or Laboratories involved in scientific activities within the scope of ECT*, and who have registered at ECT*. Associates are consulted for advice concerning the scientific programmes of the Centre and identification of scientists as Board Members. Membership in the Body of Associates of ECT* is renewed on a tri- annual basis.

38 Budget issues

39 Funding Goals: i) Support research activities with external funds ii) Increase contribution of « all other countries » Total budget ~ M

40 NuPECC-Countries supporting ECT* activities – Austria – Belgium – Czech Republic – Denmark – Finland – FRANCE – GERMANY –- (Greece) –- (Hungary) – ITALY – Netherlands – Norway – Poland – Portugal – Romania – Spain – Sweden – United Kingdom

41 New opportunity Five year planning

42 Structural issues


44 FBK ECT* Director ECT* Scientific Board Associates International community of nuclear physicists (in a broad sense) Funding agencies EJFRC ESF-NuPECC ECT*

45 Final remarks

46 Susan Driessen Luana SlompTiziana IngrassiaInes Campo Cristina Costa Serena Degli Avancini Barbara Curro Dossi Gianni Fattore Mauro Meneghini Gianmaria Ziglio Donatella Rosetti A dedicated staff Grazie a tutti !! Carmen Maffei

47 15 years…. the difficult age of teenagers…

48 Good Luck Achim !

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