European funding for research on evolution of the universe

FAIR Researcher receives Funding for Research on Evolution of the Universe

Supernova remnants like the crab nebula can give scientists information on the evolution of the universe. Photo credit: NASA, ESA, J. Hester, A. Loll (ASU)

The European framework COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) has decided to fund an Action for research on the evolution of the universe by studying the production of chemical elements in stars and stellar explosions. The Action called ChETEC (Chemical Elements as Tracers of the Evolution of the Cosmos) is currently supported by 44 proposers throughout 22 European countries. Apart from main proposer professor Raphael Hirschi from Keele University in Great Britain also Gabriel Martinez Pinedo, researcher at FAIR and GSI and professor at the Technical University of Darmstadt, is among them. The Action will provide funding to bring European research, science and business together to further our understanding of nuclear processes in the universe.


The Action will aim to maximise the scientific and innovative return of huge investments already made in experimental facilities located across Europe, including GANIL in France, the first underground laboratory for nuclear astrophysics LUNA in Italy, and the accelerator facility FAIR being constructed at GSI in Germany.


Approved by COST on 24 October 2016, the Action is one of 25 approved out of 478 eligible proposals collected earlier this year. The COST Action will provide funding for networking activities, including workshops, training schools and short-term scientific missions for four years, and will also train a new generation of European scientists, providing interdisciplinary expertise and knowledge-transfer skills.


COST is supported by the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020.

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