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Europeans to present the the future of astroparticle physics

European physicists will present in Brussels their plan for the future in the field of astroparticle physics on 29 and 30 September 2008. They will propose in particular seven types of major large-scale projects to answer some of the most exciting questions about the Universe...

29 September 2008 - 30 September 2008
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BRUSSELS / 29-30 September 2008

European physicists will present in Brussels their plan for the future in the field of astroparticle physics on 29 and 30 September 2008. They will propose in particular seven types of major large-scale projects to answer
some of the most exciting questions about the Universe such as “What is the Universe made of?”, “What is the origin of cosmic rays?” or “What is the nature of gravity or dark matter?”.

At the intersection of particle physics and astrophysics, astroparticle physics is an emerging and dynamic field with a very high discovery potential, in which Europe is a major player.

200 European senior physicists are expected to this meeting, invited by the European astroparticle physics network ASPERA*.

The heads of major funding agencies from other parts of the world will also attend this meeting, in view on a world convergence.

On this occasion, a press conference is organized on 29 September 1.30 PM, in presence of Carlo Rubbia, Nobel Prize of Physics 1984 for his decisive contribution to the large project, which led to the discovery of the field particles W and Z.

Metropole hotel
31, place de Brouckère
B-1000 Brussels
Belgium

Metro station: 'de Brouckére'ASPERA, the AStroParticle European Research Area is a network of
European national funding agencies responsible for astroparticle
physics. ASPERA is funded by the European Commission as an ERA-NET. It comprises the following agencies: FNRS(Belgium), FWO Belgium), IFIN-HH(Romania), MEYS(Czech Republic), CEA(France), CNRS(France), BMBF(Germany), PTDESY(Germany), DEMOKRITOS(Greece), INFN(Italy), FOM(Netherlands), FCT(Portugal), FECYT(Spain), MEC(Spain), SNF(Switzerland), VR(Sweden), STFC(United Kingdom) and the European organization CERN.