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Deepening and Broadening of Astroparticle Physics European Coordination (ASPERA-2)
Start date: 01 Jul 2009, End date: 31 Dec 2012 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Astroparticle Physics has become a mature and well accepted science discipline. Demonstrated by many world class projects currently developed and run by European Astroparticle physicists, Europe as a whole is the main promoter and leading the field. As a merit of ASPERA (AStroparticle Physics European Research Area network, http://www.aspera-eu.org ), the ERA-NET in Astroparticle Physics funded in the context of FP6 for 3 years starting in July 2006, the community as well as the supporting funding agencies are becoming more and more organised. In order to allow a deepening and broadening of the successful ERA-NET work started with ASPERA in FP6, the extended consortium here presents a work programme for a second ERA-NET phase (ASPERA-2). Directly linked to the common action plan developed in ASPERA-1, the goals of ASPERA-2 are: 1. establish joint activities as the preferred way of funding R&D programmes and large projects, 2. establish sustainable procedures of mutual coordination and benchmarking, 3. create a sustainable structure for European Coordination in Astroparticle Physics, 4. extend the network to all European countries with interest in Astroparticle Physics, 5. increase the efforts towards global inter-regional coordination, 6. update the roadmap, 7. increase synergy with environmental sciences, 8. transfer knowledge and technology with SMEs, and 9. continue and extend outreach activities.
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