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Inter-laboratory actions and use of facilities

  • The LIO encouraged the development of various inter-partner collaborations.
  • In that aim, five common interdisciplinary workshops were organized for the LIO labs.
  • LIO1 prompted the development of shared decision-making processes, by implementing common open calls for proposals. The Science Board thoroughly discussed the merits of the proposals and selected the following projects:
  • 28 post-docs
  • 16 “Innovative R&D projects”
  • 18 LIO International Conferences
  • 103 Master research projects
  • 16 doctoral Summer Schools
  • and the support to 50 public events.
The Science Board selected the best projects, in a spirit of cooperation and competition, with an average annual pressure rate leading to the funding of 25-30% of the submitted post-doc proposals, and 50 % of the proposals for the other actions.
In addition, LIO developed c
ommon practices in public outreach:
  • 35 shared actions such as“open days, the participation in science festivals, panel discussions in coffee shops (“cafés-débats”), etc.
  • shared equipment for public outreach: FRIPON camera for the detection of meteorites, pedagogical equipment for geophysics,astrophysics and cosmology, 30cm automated telescope (on the terrace of IP2I).
The LIO labs also have common fields of technical expertise, and were able to share advice, know-how and best practices in the following techniques:
  • Design of large systems, optics, detectors, mechanical assembly, clean rooms for CRAL, I2PI, LGL-TPE, LPENSL
  • Cryogenics for CRAL and I2PI, CRAL
  • High Performance Computing and simulations (users & hosts) for CRAL, LGL-TPE, IP2I, LPENSL
  • Large scale international projects management and organization (LHC, DUNE, Euclid, Virgo, LISA, LSST, VLT, ELT, JWST) for I2PI, CRAL

Other Synergistic projects at the LIO

Synergistic projects were not limited to activities on most of the LIO facilities.
Numerous
topics including interactions between the LIO partners can be cited:

  • Dark matter and Dark Energy (with SNIa surveys, the EUCLID satellite, and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope) for CRAL and IP2I
  • Inhomogeneous cosmologies for CRAL and IP2I
  • Gravitational Wave detection and astrophysics with Gravitational Waves for CRAL and IP2I
  • Optical coatings for detectors of Gravitational Waves, and components of astronomical instruments, with cryogenic constraints, for CRAL and IP2I
  • Proto-planetary disks, planet formation and astro-chemistry for CRAL and LGL-TPE
  • Fluid dynamics and geological flowsfor LGL-TPE and LPENSL
  • Irradiation of pre-biotic molecules for IP2I and LGL-TPE
  • Muon tomography of volcanoes for IP2I and LGL-TPE