The developments around the Einstein Telescope are accelerating. Until last September, the European consortium was preparing an application for the European Roadmap for Large Research Infrastructures ESFRI. The application has now been submitted and the outcome is expected in the autumn. In the meantime, the project has entered a new phase, which requires even more coordination between all parties: political institutions, research organisations and the scientific community. To meet this need, the European Einstein Telescope consortium has established a new project directorate. It consists of Jo van den Brand from Nikhef and Maastricht University, and Fernando Ferroni from INFN in Italy.
The project directorate will focus on coordinating the preparatory activities for the realisation of an Einstein Telescope in Europe. Meanwhile, exploration and research activities will continue at the two possible sites: the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion and Sardinia. Jo van den Brand and Fernando Ferroni will, among other things, focus on more coordination between the activities at both locations.