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The laserlab of University of Jyväskylä becomes a member of the European consortium

University of Jyväskylä’s Laser laboratory of the Nanoscience Center (Laserlab-NSC) became a full member of Laserlab-Europe in the general assembly of the consortium at Salamanca, Spain. Closer working with best European laser laboratories opens doors to creating new international research networks.

The full member is an acknowledgement for the laser research carried out at the Nanoscience Center over the years. The laser research using spectroscopy to study nanosystems from graphene to individual molecules. In particular research on state-of-art laser imaging of graphene, light seeking proteins as well as simulation of light excitation in bimolecules, and gold nanoparticles as markers of virus have all received international attention.

The Head of Laserlab-NSC, Professor Mika Pettersson from the University of Jyväskylä, and the pioneer of laser research in University of Jyväskylä, Professor (emeritus) Jouko Korppi-Tommola represented the University of Jyväskylä in the signing ceremony. The general assembly was held at the historical meeting space of the University of Salamanca, which is celebrating its 800th anniversary this year.

- With this contract laser research at Jyväskylä establishes a direct path to influence the consortium operations, and it strengthens connections to world-class research facilities, tells Mika Pettersson.

Consortium of leading European laser laboratories

Laserlab-Europe has functioned for 12 years and it is a network of 38 laser laboratories in 16 EU countries. Within the consortium, researchers in EU countries have a possibility to conduct experiments in access-providing laboratories via peer-review protocol. Researchers from the University of Jyväskylä have utilised the facilities for example in Lund, Berlin, and Milan. The consortium also supports the networking between the laboratories though trainings and seminars arranged in different parts of Europe.

- I have participated in the consortium steering committees since the beginning and tried to work towards the goal of including Jyväskylä-based laser research into international projects, says Jouko Korppi-Tommola, who originally founded the laser laboratory in Jyväskylä.

In the Salamanca assembly, a new legal entity Laserlab-Europe AISBL was formed on the basis of Laserlab Europe EU project. This new entity acts under the jurisdiction of Belgian legislation. The University of Jyväskylä is one of the contracting parties.

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