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Cosmopolitan Nuclear Physics

NuPECC, or the Nuclear Physics European Collaboration Committee

Nuclear physics is the science of the atom's nucleus, and its goal is to understand the structure as well as the origins of the matter making up our universe. Since research in this field requires large-scale facilities such as particle accelerators (electrons, protons, heavy ions), it seemed only natural  that scientists would establish the Nuclear Physics European Collaboration Committee (NuPECC), which is a committee of the European Science Foundation1. Established in 1990, NuPECC's basic goal is to reinforce European collaboration in the area of nuclear science and to promote nuclear physics including in its various transdisciplinary applications (medicine, biology, et al.).

With sixteen member nations2, NuPECC has successfully constituted a network of European large-scale facilities to make the most of their complementarity. The thirteen largest scientific facilities3 in Europe are part of the network and were recognized in the Fifth Framework Programme. NuPECC played an important role in federating these installations for their preparation for FP6 and is today considered by the EU as the chief representative of nuclear science in Europe.

NuPECC's most recent and ongoing endeavor is a broad reflection on the future of nuclear science, its priorities, and the main projects it should be undertaking in a strategy of furthering European science. This long range planning program has mobilised the nuclear scientific community and was the subject of a colloquium in January 2003 organized by NuPECC and held in Germany.

At the same time, NuPECC maintains close relations with its American and Japanese counterparts and in common with them publishes a quarterly journal, Nuclear Physics News International. Lastly, NuPECC works to make nuclear science better known to the public through travelling exhibits, brochures, web sites, books, and the like.




Daniel Guerreau
Institut national de physique nucléaire et de physique des particules

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