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The Forum meeting on 3 July 2002 requested advice on necessary R&D programmes to meet identified science drivers for FEL sources in Europe. Two separate Working Groups were formed to study these questions and their preliminary responses (FI02_016 and FI02_017) were made to the Forum on 14 October. This Final report completes the task, presenting conclusions and recommendations.
To meet their Remit of reviewing the challenges entailed by the latest FEL source proposals, and to identify the needs of the scientific user community, the Groups organised a Joint Workshop hosted by Daresbury Laboratory in the UK from 17-19 February. Participants were grateful to CCLRC for their major financial support of this highly successful meeting. A total of 73 representatives from 11 countries registered, including nine specially invited non-European experts to provide a world perspective. Intensive but separate parallel discussions in the source and science areas were supplemented by a combined session to exchange information and views. The conclusions presented here take full account of those extensive debates and are therefore believed properly to represent the overall community viewpoint.
The Scope of this work has been restricted to assessment of "low energy" FELs, defined in this case as up to 1 keV photon energy output in order to exclude hard x-ray devices such as the proposed TESLA XFEL that will seek funding as a European project. The focus has thus been on planned national facilities (albeit with international participation), and on collective priorities and coordination of associated R&D activities on a European level. No attempt has been made to present or to analyse detailed scientific cases, but instead to identify challenging scientific requirements that lead to prioritisation of source development direction.

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