Astronomy and particle physics combine forces for European Open Science Cloud

Through combining the experimental investigations from the largest-scale astronomical structures to the most fundamental particles, the partners in the ESCAPE project together will open new paths towards the understanding of the Universe. ESCAPE stands for European Science Cluster of Astronomy & Particle physics ESFRI research infrastructures.
The Physical Science ESFRI projects in astronomy, astroparticle and particle physics that form the focus of the ESCAPE cluster

Funding of EUR 16 million

The first quarter of 2019 sees the launch of this exciting European project, that answers the European Open Science Cloud ambition in bringing people, data, services, training, publications, projects, and organisations together in an integrated and federated environment. It is one out of the 5 successfully retained INFRA-EOSC-04-2018 Cluster projects, which the European Commission supports with €16 million to boost the implementation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

Understanding the Universe

Multi-messenger astronomy and accelerator-driven particle physics are two pillars of the ESCAPE project. Through the combination of the experimental investigations of the two extremes, from the largest-scale structures in the observable Universe to the most fundamental particles, the astronomy-related projects and the accelerator-based particle physics facilities will open together new paths towards the understanding of the Universe.

Find common solutions

A deluge of data is expected in the next years by the next generation facilities prioritised in the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), and other world-class projects. This €16 million funding boost will help Europe's world-leading research infrastructures work together to find common solutions to their data challenges, their data interoperability, their data access and to accentuate the openness of fundamental science research to the full international community, from professionals to the public.

As project partner, SURFsara will play a role in the management of data that is stored on geographically distributed infrastructure: "Data Lake Orchestration Service".

Milestone for European scientific research

The ESCAPE project is led by the IN2P3, the national institute of nuclear and particle physics within CNRS, the French public research organisation, with a consortium of 31 partners including 27 European partner institutions, 2 pan-European research organisations, and 2 SMEs.

Dr. Giovanni Lamanna, director of the IN2P3 laboratory LAPP (Laboratoire d’Annecy de Physique des Particules) and Principal Investigator of the ESCAPE project, highlights that:

"To address the critical questions of open science and long-term reuse of data for science and for innovation, it is important to put together a cluster of ESFRI projects and pan-European international research organisations that share aligned challenges of data-driven research, have demonstrated capabilities in addressing various stages of data workflow and conduct fundamental research through complementary approaches. It is the first time that many of the greatest European scientific facilities in physics and astronomy have combined forces to make their data and software interoperable and open, committing to make the European Science Cloud a reality. This is an important milestone for European scientific research. The name ESCAPE was chosen because our cluster aims to let data and research fly out from confinement.”

About European Open Science Cloud

European Open Science Cloud is a cloud for research data in Europe allowing for universal access to data; a single online platform where all European researchers will be able to find, access and re-use data produced by other scientists, and deposit, analyse and share data they have been paid to produce.

EOSC will help increase recognition of data intensive research and data science. Its architecture is developed as a data infrastructure commons serving the needs of scientists, providing both common functions and localised services delegated to community level. EOSC will federate existing resources across national data centres, European e-infrastructures and research infrastructures by gradually opening up its user base to the public sector and industry.

More information

The Physical Science ESFRI projects in astronomy, astroparticle and particle physics that form the focus of the ESCAPE cluster (from left to right and top to down): ELT, CTA, FAIR, KM3NeT, SKA, HL-LHC, EST