ELI European Research Infrastructure Consortium
The Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) is the world’s leading laser-based research infrastructure which serves cutting-edge research in physical, chemical, materials, and medical sciences, as well as breakthrough technological innovations. ELI will be one of the key facilitators of scientific discovery through basic research and the gateway to new regimes in fundamental physics. ELI’s main mission is to provide the international scientific community with access to leading experimental capabilities for a broad range of research applications.
In April 2021, the Extreme Light Infrastructure was granted the legal status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) by the European Commission. As a main statutory mission, ELI ERIC is responsible for making the ELI facilities available to the scientific community as a single international organisation, with unified governance and management. The Founding Members of ELI ERIC include the Host Countries, the Czech Republic and Hungary. It also includes Italy, a supporter of ELI since the preparatory phase, and Lithuania, a leading country in laser physics. Germany and Bulgaria are Founding Observers, with aims of future membership. Romania hosts the ELI-NP facility, an important scientific pillar, and intends to join ELI ERIC soon following its establishment.