NRW state parliament unanimously supports Einstein Telescope

Einstein Telescope graphic
Written by Martine

The state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia has unanimously pledged its support for the groundbreaking international science project Einstein Telescope (ET).

Einstein Telescope is a planned European gravitational-wave detector of the latest generation. The North Rhine-Westphalia state parliament has discussed the project, which could be built in the area of Aachen-Liège-Maastricht, and decided to support its realization.

Key points from the resolution

The state parliament commissions the state government,

  • first of all, to work for the recognition of the Einstein Telescope as a scientific project of national and European importance and, in addition, to support the scientific community’s wish to add the Einstein Telescope to the list of large-scale research projects
  • Together with the Netherlands and Belgium, to promote the Einstein Telescope at all levels and in particular to support the European Grouping for Territorial Cooperation Euregio Meuse Rhine in its activities in this field.
  • to actively support the process of realizing the Einstein Telescope, by providing financial support for accompanying research projects, by focusing on the regional and economic policy dimension of the project and by strengthening cross-border and trilateral networking and cohesion in favour of the project.
  • to make a commitment to the Federal Ministry of Education and Research to provide financial support for the planned construction of the Einstein Telescope with possible participation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Read the full news item and the resolution on the website of the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics.