Helmholtz Alliance “Physics at the Terascale“ starts: 25 million Euros granted for DESY proposal

The Senate of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres today approved the DESY project proposal “Helmholtz Alliance – Physics at the Terascale“, granting 25 million Euros for the next five years.

In this Alliance, the Helmholtz research centers DESY and Karlsruhe, together with 17 universities and the Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich, will jointly advance German particle physics and technological developments at particle accelerators like the Large Hadron Collider LHC at CERN and the planned International Linear Collider ILC.

“With this Alliance, we consolidate the strengths of national research institutes and the universities in Germany, thus creating an attractive research landscape. This way we can make sure that expertise stays in Germany,” said DESY Research Director Prof. Rolf-Dieter Heuer, one of the two scientific coordinators of the Helmholtz Alliance. “The Alliance ‘Physics at the Terascale’ is a model for a future-oriented and sustainable network of expertise. The selection committee unanimously and enthusiastically approved the proposal,” said Prof. Jürgen Mlynek, President of the Helmholtz Association.

At DESY, an Analysis Center for LHC data will be established with the help of the Alliance funds. DESY will also offer its facilities to Alliance partners for tests within the framework of detector and accelerator development and offer 10 new jobs.