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European Magnetic Field Laboratory created

At 12:00 on 27th January 2015, the European Magnetic Field Laboratory (EMFL) was formally founded in Brussels. The founding organisations signed, in front of a notary in Brussels, the deed to create together the legal entity EMFL. The French CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), the German research center HZDR (Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf) and the Dutch RU/FOM (Radboud University Nijmegen and Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter) thereby created a joint laboratory.

Jan Kees Maan (executive manager): “We have created an organization with a large potential, that can satisfy the needs of the scientific community and which is big enough to face the global competition. From now on the EMFL facilities can act together and represent and serve the high field community in Europe as a single entity.” The statutes which were agreed upon, combined with a more extensive memorandum of understanding which was signed on November 27, 2014, form a solid basis upon which the success of the newly created EMFL can be built.
The EMFL mission for the four high field facilities in Europe, with their new headquarter in Brussels, is to develop and operate world class high magnetic field facilities, to use them for excellent research by both in-house and external users. High magnetic fields are one of the most powerful tools available to scientists for the study, the modification and the control of the state of matter. EMFL provides the highest possible fields (both continuous and pulsed) for its researchers.
Founding ceremony in the notary’s office in Brussels on the 27th of January 2015. From left to right: Job de Kleuver (FOM, international affairs and large facilities), Peter Joehnk (HZDR, technical and commercial director), Jan Kees Maan (coordinator EMFL), Iwan Holleman (RU, managing director IMM) and Amina Taleb-Ibrahimi (CNRS, Deputy Director, Institut de Physique).
The Dresden High Magnetic Field Laboratory and the Laboratoire National des Champs Magnétiques Intenses (LNCMI) in Toulouse specialise in pulsed magnetic fields close to 100 Tesla. For the highest static fields, researchers can use the major infrastructures at the LNCMI Grenoble and the High Field Magnet Laboratory in Nijmegen. The facilities also provide a very sophisticated supporting infrastructure for imaging, spectroscopy and a wide range of physical property measurements.
The EMFL legal structure (an international non-profit organisation under Belgian law) allows the inclusion of new European partners, so that members striving for research opportunities at the highest possible magnetic fields can be included and negotiations with interested parties are under way.

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