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European cooperation

Contributing to the construction and strengthening of the European research area (EER) is one of the activities of the Midi-Pyrenees Observatory, which is involved in numerous (very) large research infrastructures certified by on a national level by the European strategic forum on research infrastructures (ESFRI), and which participates in the dynamics deployed by the European Research Council (ERC). The OMP also participates in the European Earth monitoring programme COPERNICUS, which is worldwide in scope. Only the especially structuring cooperation projects for the EER are shown in the figure below. All of the European cooperation projects can be seen in the interactive mapping of our cooperation projects. Currently, one third of the project financing that the OMP laboratories benefit from comes from Europe:

  • 28 European Space Agency contracts (ESA)
  • 21 EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research contracts (FP7)
  • 8 EU’s Eighth Framework Programme for Research contracts (HORIZON 2020)
  • 1 European Regional Development Fund contract (FEDER)
  • 1 European Union’s earth observation programme contract (COPERNICUS)
  • 1 European Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students contract (ERASMUS+)
  • 1 EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental nature conservation and climate actions contract (LIFE)
  • 2 EU’s Cooperation Programme Interreg V-B Southwest Europe contracts (SUDOE)
  • 1 EU’s Cooperation Programme Interreg V-A Spain-France-Andorra contract (POCTEFA)
  • 1 European Cooperation in Science and Technology contract (COST)
  • 1 European Southern Observatory contract (ESO)

European research infrastructures

Participation in the CTA* Cherenkov Telescope Array An observatory for ground-based gamma-ray observation (2010-2017, FP7). Laboratory involved: IRAP.

Participation in ENVRI+* Environmental Research Infrastructures Providing Shared Solutions for Science and Society (2015-2019, Horizon 2020). Laboratory involved: LA.

Participation in ACTRIS II* Aerosols, Clouds, and Trace gases Research InfraStructure (2015-2019, Horizon 2020). Laboratory involved: LA.

Participation in EMSO* European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water column Observatory (2012-2024, FP7). Laboratories involved GET, LEGOS.

Participation in EPOS* European plate observatory system (2014-2019, Horizon 2020). Laboratory involved: GET.

Responsibility for EUROPLANET* European research infrastructure for planetary sciences (2009 to date, FP7, Horizon 2020). Laboratory involved: IRAP.

Participation in OPTICON* Optical Infrared Co-ordination Network for astronomy (2013-2016, FP7). Laboratory involved: IRAP.

Participation in EISCAT European Incoherent Scatter Scientific Association (2014-2021), coordinated by Sweden. This infrastructure also includes the United Kingdom, Norway, Finland and, on an international level, through the participation of China and Japan. Laboratory involved: IRAP.

Participation in PLANET Probing Lensing Anomalies NETwork (1995 to date), coordinated by France and including Germany, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Belgium, Italy for the European part. The international contribution from Chile, New Zealand, the United States, Qatar, Australia, the Korean Republic. Laboratory involved: IRAP.

Participation in HARPS High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher (2000 to date) financed by The European Southern Observatory. Laboratory involved: IRAP.

Responsibility for IAGOS ERI* In service Aircraft for a global observing system (2014-2019, FP7). Laboratory involved: LA.

Participation in ICOS* Integrated Carbon Observation System (2013-2034, FP7). Laboratory involved: CESBIO.

Participation in SOLARnet High-Resolution Solar Physics Network (IRAP).

Scientific platforms that have benefited from European financing

Responsibility for NeoNARVAL Study of exoplanetary systems in later life (2014-2016: Preparatory phase; 2016: Set up on the Telescope Bernard Lyot (Pic du midi de Bigorre); 2016-2020: operating, FEDER). Laboratory involved: IRAP.

Responsibility for PIRENEA Ion trap for Research and Study of New Astrochemical Species (2007 to date, FEDER contract No.34172).

Responsibility for ESPOIRS Spectroscopic studies on optical properties of interstellar dust grains in the infrared and submillimetric regions (2007 to date, FEDER contract No.34172).

Projects financed by the European Research Council

Nanocosmos Gas and dust from the stars to the laboratory: exploring the nano-cosmos (2014-2020, FP7, ERC Synergy). Laboratory involved: IRAP, in collaboration with Spanish partners.

MIMO A commercial device for mercury isotopes monitoring (2015-2017, FP7, ERC Proof of Concept).

COPERNICUS European Earth monitoring programme

Contribution to the COPERNICUS Marine Environment Monitoring Service through scientific support to MERCATOR OCEAN (LEGOS) participating in E-AIMS Euro-Argo Improvements for the GMES/Copernicus Marine Service.

Contribution to the COPERNICUS Monitoring atmospheric composition & climate Service through IGAS IAGOS for the GMES Atmospheric Service (LA) and ICOS-INWIRE ICOS - Improved sensors, Network and Interoperability for GMES (CESBIO)

* ESFRI European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures

Last update : 2016_9_8

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