Interreg is the European Union’s tool to support cross-border projects which otherwise would not be carried out.

The Interreg V-A Euregio Meuse-Rhine (EMR) programme invests almost EUR 100 million in the development of our region until the end of 2020.

The E-TEST project is carried out within the framework of the Interreg V-A Euregio Meuse-Rhine Programme, with € 7,5 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

By investing EU funds in Interreg projects, the European Union is investing directly in economic development, innovation, territorial development, social inclusion and education in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine .

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News / Events

Thursday, May 27th, 13.00 – 14.30 pm

ET2SMEs – Kick-Off Event

The Einstein Telescope (ET) will open a new window to the universe through the observation of gravitational waves, positioning Europe at the forefront of this outstanding „cutting edge“ technology. The extended Euregio Meuse-Rhine obtains not only the best chances for being the location of this new research facility. Additionally, it offers great opportunities for innovative SMEs to further develop their advanced products and services, not only for the telescope, but also to other applications and other highly demanding markets!

ET2SMEs supports the development of new innovative products and services by promoting transnational R&D projects carried out by SMEs working together across borders in the extended Euregio Meuse-Rhine. If you want to learn more, how also your company can benefit, please join the Kick-Off Event on May 27th, 13.00 – 14.30 pm.

Welcome speeches
(10 minutes / 5min. each)
Political representative
Mark Vos, Coordinator Interreg Euregio Meuse-Rhine
Key note
(15 minutes)
“The Einstein Telescope and the research activities for a soft landing in the Dutch-Belgian-German cross-border region”
Prof. Dr. Stefan Hild, University of Maastricht
Presentation
(15 minutes)
“ET2SMEs – The Einstein-Telescope and SMEs”
In a nutshell: Targets, offers & added values for SMEs
Ralf P. Meyer, Leadpartner AGIT

First results: ET technology catalogue & 3D model of ET competencies in extended EMR area
Annick Pierrard, ITF ULiège & Geoffrey Parks, Sowalfin
(5 minutes)Break / Selection of session I or II
Parallel sessions 30 minutes
(Input: 15 minutes / Q&A: 15 minutes)
“The challenges of ET relevant technologies”
Session I: Instrument technologies, Input from: Prof. Dr. Achim Stahl, RWTH Aachen
Session II: Geology technologies, Input from: Prof. Dr. Frédéric Nguyen, ULiège
In each session: Q&A from businesses, research and stakeholders

Thursday, December 10 , 9:00 am – 12:15 pm

First Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) Meeting

We have the pleasure to invite you to our first joined ET Industrial Advisory Board, that will be organised remotely (by ZOOM) on Thursday December 10 from 9:00 am till 12:15 pm.

The scientific partners of both E-TEST and ETpathfinder projects are joining force to meet and collaborate with all companies active in the field of activity required by the Einstein Telescope.

AGENDA:

Online ZOOM 1 connection from 8:30 am

9:00 am till 9:45 am – Welcome and common session (ZOOM 1)

-Short presentation of the:

Einstein Telescope (ET) project and ESFRI Call time-line

E-TEST : Einstein Telescope Site and Technology:

  • E-TEST will build a prototype – a large suspended mirror at cryogenic temperature (10 Kelvin) – to validate the telescope’s technology.
  • E-TEST will also run an underground study to map and model the geology of the Euregio Meuse-Rhine.

ETpathfinder : R&D infrastructure for testing and prototyping innovative concepts and enabling technologies for the Einstein Telescope

under submission ET2SMEs, expected start on March 1 2021: Maximising the economical and social impact of the possible implementation of the Einstein Telescope in Euregio Meuse-Rhine

-Purpose of the Industrial Advisory Board? to who is it dedicated? What are the conditions to participate?

-E-TEST and ETpathfinder ongoing and future Procurements (calls for tender)

-Key Enabling Technologies: a group of six technologies: micro and nanoelectronics, nanotechnology, industrial biotechnology, advanced materials, photonics, and advanced manufacturing technologies – increase industrial innovation to address societal challenges and creating advanced and sustainable economies.

-Online Catalogue of ET Technologies

10:00 am till 11:45 am- Separation into 2 online sessions ZOOM 1 PROTOTYPE and ZOOM 2 GEOLOGY:

1- Interactive industrial/scientist Prototype session led by the Prototype scientific working group (Scientific Lead Partner Prof. Christophe Collette), based on the ET requested technologies

2- Interactive industrial/scientist Geology session led by the Geology scientific working group (Scientific Lead Partner Prof. Frederic Nguyen), based on the ET requested technologies

12:00 pm – Back to common session ZOOM 1:

Summary of the main points of the 2 interactive online sessions, by the 2 scientific lead partners

Next steps: Next IAB meeting planning,

Upcoming Procurements (call for tenders) for E-TEST and ETpathfinder,

Approval/or not and official start of ET2SMEs

12:15 pm – End

The Industrial Advisory Board is organized jointly by both projects, and is dedicate to all SME/companies active in the fields of technologies required by the Einstein Telescope as well for the prototype than for all the geology aspects.


Are also warmly invited: EMR Business Development Agencies, EMR clusters of competitiveness, EMR sectorial agencies, ….as well as regional Authorities involved in the possible implementation of Einstein Telescope in EMR and all it’s economic and social impact.

The registration is mandatory and has to be done online on our E-TEST website, via the form on the “Industries” page: https://www.etest-emr.eu/et-technologies/

All registered participant will receive the ZOOM links (ZOOM 1 and ZOOM 2) 2 days before the meeting. A reminder with the links will be sent on Thursday December 10 morning.

Click here to see the video of the First Industrial Advisory Board Meeting!

The Einstein-Telescope – tracking down gravitational waves with high-tech

(WebTalk in german language)

Thursday, 29. October 2020, 04:30 pm

The Einstein telescope will be used in the border region between the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany to create a new type of underground telescope that will pick up gravitational waves from the universe and thus be able to track black holes, neutron stars or stellar explosions throughout the universe. It is based on 10 km long laser interferometers whose components are operated in an ultra-high vacuum at 10 Kelvin and at the same time are mounted in vibration-damped bearings. The triangular research infrastructure with a side length of 10 km at a depth of about 300 m in the Belgian-Dutch-German border region has to overcome many technological challenges in cooperation between industry and science in order to be realised.

Professor Dr. Achim Stahl, spokesman of the Physics Section and head of the III Physics Institute B of RWTH Aachen University, will use this WebTalk to provide an insight into the fascination of gravitational wave research and the resulting findings, as well as to address some of the technological challenges that need to be solved by means of future, cross-technology cooperation between regional players from industry and research. Within the Interreg EMR project E-TEST, the technological basis for the Einstein Telescope at demonstrator scale will be developed and solutions – ideally with regional partners – for the technological implementation of the Einstein Telescope will be worked on.

Are you also interested in the topic or do you develop components and systems in the fields of cryogenics, photonics, sensor technology, (quantum) optics, control, measurement and control engineering, materials and simulations? Learn more about the technological requirements and get access to the E-TEST consortium in this WebTalk.

Click here to see the video of the NMWP Innovation2GO WebTalk!

Online E-TEST Kick-Off Event!

Friday, 09. October 2020, 9:30 am – 11 am

  • 9:30 am – 9:50 am:
    • Welcome by Mr. Willy Borsus, Minister and Vice-President of the Walloon Government
    • Welcome by Mr. Mark Vos, Interreg EMR Programme Coordinator
    • Welcome by Prof. Pierre Wolper, Rector of ULiège
  • 9:50 am – 10:45 am: E-TEST Project Presentation
    • General introduction by Annick Pierrard & Christophe Collette, ULiège
    • WPT1 Ultra-cold vibration control by Alessandro Bertolini, Nikhef
    • WPT2 Optical engineering by Oliver Fitzau, Fraunhofer ILT
    • WPT3 EMR cross-border underground observatory by Frédéric Nguyen, ULiège
    • WPT4 Geological modelling and Engineering Geology of the ET by Florian Amann, RWTH Aachen
    • Industrial Advisory Board & SMEs invitation, ET2SMEs & long term collaboration
    • The final word…by Albert
  • 10:45 am – 11:00 am: Q/A
  • 11:00 am: End of the online Kick-Off Event
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Press Conference, organised face-to-face at the ITF ULiège with the journalists
Click here to download the full presentation! Click here to see the video of the Kick-off-Event!

DEEP GEOTHERMAL TECHNICAL CHALLENGES, UNCERTAINTIES & RISKS  

29th of September from 10:00 a.m. to 15:OO p.m.

Participation is free of charge but we kindly ask for pre-registration at: https://www.thermogis.nl/en/dge-registration

Program:

  •  Welcome by meeting organizer and DGE-ROLLOUT coordinator
  •  Key note: Deep geothermal energy – state-of-the-art, challenges and opportunities
  •  Key note: Drilling risks in deep carbonates 
  •  Key note: What thrives an energy company in a big city to develop geothermal
  •  Contributions on challenges of deep geothermal 

Publications / Press Releases

26 May 2021, De Limburger

Nieuw project Einstein Telescope

26 May 2021

01 March 2021 www.et2smes.eu

ET2SMEs: SMEs benefit from Einstein Telescope

08 February 2021, Spekrtum.de

Der Traum vom Einstein-Teleskop

12 November 2020, MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE FOR GRAVITATIONAL PHYSICS (Albert Einstein Institute)

NRW state parliament unanimously supports Einstein Telescope

5 November 2020, hbvl.be

14 October 2020, WochenSpiegel

9 October 2020, Liège université

E-TEST: Euregio prepares for the Einstein telescope

6 October 2020, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2020

With one half to Roger Penrose, University of Oxford, UK

“for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity”

and the other half jointly to

Reinhard Genzel, Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching, Germany and University of California, Berkeley, USA, and Andrea Ghez, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

“for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy”

Illustration: ©Johan Jarnestad/The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

18 September 2020, L’ Avenir

14 September 2020, Liège université

The Einstein telescope on its way to Europe!

17 September 2020, La Libre Belgique

14 September 2020, Spekrtum.de

Der Traum vom Einstein-Teleskop

Movies / Animations

May 27 2021

ET2SMEs – Kick-Off Event

April 26 2021

The Einstein Telescope

5 March 2021, , www.vedia.be

Plombières future référence universelle ?

26 February 2021, www.vedia.be

Epistème 10 : le télescope Einstein

First Industrial Advisory Board Meeting

NMWP Innovation2GO WebTalk „Das Einstein-Teleskop – Gravitationswellen mit High-Tech auf die Spur kommen“ (German Language)

Video of the Online E-TEST Kick-Off Event

The Einstein Telescope presentation by Albert.

Interreg is the European Union’s tool to support cross-border projects which otherwise would not be carried out.

The Interreg V-A Euregio Meuse-Rhine (EMR) programme invests almost EUR 100 million in the development of our region until the end of 2020.

The E-TEST project is carried out within the framework of the Interreg V-A Euregio Meuse-Rhine Programme, with € 7,5 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

By investing EU funds in Interreg projects, the European Union is investing directly in economic development, innovation, territorial development, social inclusion and education in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine .