The government of North Rhine–Westphalia will lobby for the Einstein Telescope in the border region of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. To this end they will also push for financial support from the federal government in Germany. The political parties CDU and Grüne included this promise in the coalition agreement they presented in June.
This step formalizes the support of the NRW government and strengthens the case for the Einstein Telescope in the border region, the Euregio Meuse-Rhine. It builds on the unanimous support that the NRW state parliament announced in November 2020
Germany has already been investing in the Einstein Telescope on a state and federal level. The Ministry of Economics, Industry, Climate Protection and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia co-funds the Einstein Telescope related projects E-TEST and ET2SMEs. And the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) funds work on the technological aspects of the next generation gravitational wave detectors.
- Full text of coalition agreement (website of Grüne, opens in new window)
- News item November 2020: NRW state parliament unanimously supports Einstein Telescope
- News item July 2020: BMBF funding for Einstein Telescope preparations
- Project website E-TEST (opens in new window)
- Project website ET2SMEs (opens in new window)