Retain Hungary in the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility!

By . Published on 28 July 2015 in:
July 2015, ,

Hungary has been member of Europe’s most powerful synchrotron light source, the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble [ESRF,] since 2000. The research infrastructure serving, in the first line, material structure and analytical studies is being used by about 20 groups from Hungarian universities and research institutes mainly in the field of engineering and physical sciences as well as life sciences. The annual membership fee of Hungary to ESRF is 245 thousand euros for which, however, presently no funding body can be identified. This practically means that, after 15 most successful years, Hungary will leave the organisation of ESRF, thereby closing the possibility of using this unique large facility by Hungarian scientists.

The Hungarian Synchrotron Committee is petitioning the Government of Hungary and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences to find a way for continuing Hungary’s membership in ESRF. The petition can be accessed at:
for further details.

If it is important to you that Hungary retains in ESRF – whether you are from Hungary, from any other ESRF Member State or from the rest of the world – please confirm this fact by signing our petition and encourage your colleagues and cooperation partners doing so, as well.

It is only the clear stand of the science community that may hinder Hungary’s leaving ESRF.

Budapest, 28 June 2015.

Hungarian Synchrotron Committee

Read previous post:
CSIC Golden Medal awarded to Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell

On 11 June 2015, Dame Jocelyn Bell was awarded the Golden Medal of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) for her fundamental role in the discovery of pulsars.

The medal was presented by the President of CSIC, Emilio Lora-Tamayo. The ceremony took place at the main hall of CSIC in Madrid (Spain) and was followed by the conference “Reflections on the discovery of pulsars” presented by Professor Bell.