The Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) is part of the European Strategy Forum on Research (ESFRI) Roadmap . The location of its facilities in Central and Eastern Europe allows it to use the scientific and technological potential of the new EU-member countries that have become involved, accelerates the European integration process, and will lead to immense improvements their research infrastructures.
The mission of the ESFRI, which was formed in 2002, is to keep Europe at the rapidly evolving forefront of science and technology and to increase the capacity to meet the needs of the EU and the world scientific community. The ESFRI is dedicated to supporting a coherent and strategy-led approach to policy-making on research infrastructures in Europe and to facilitating multilateral initiatives leading to better use and development of research infrastructures, both in the EU and at international levels.
ELI was implemented to help to strengthen the leading European position in high-intensity laser research and will provide new opportunities for the European photonic industry. The research conducted at ELI Beamlines will advance a number of scientific fields far beyond laser science. New techniques for medical image-display and diagnostics, radiotherapy, tools for new materials developing and testing, and the latest in X-ray optics are just a few items on the research and application agenda.
This research will create benefits for society, from improvements to oncology treatments, medical and biomedical imaging, fast electronics, and our understanding of aging nuclear reactor materials through to the development of new methods of nuclear waste processing.
ELI Beamlines will also be an attractive platform for educating a new generation of scientists, engineers, and PhD students. The Czech Republic will become the host country for top international research, and this may attract further investment in advanced technologies with high added value.