The Euclid Consortium (EC) is an organisation that brings together teams of researchers in theoretical physics, particle physics, astrophysics and space astronomy, and also engineers, technicians, and management and administrative staffs working in public research laboratories and contributing to the Euclid mission. Together with the European Space Agency (ESA) and aerospace industry they are part of the Euclid Collaboration.
The EC has been selected by ESA in July 2012 as the single official scientific consortium in charge of leading the scientific exploitation of the mission until completion. It is funded by national space agencies and national research organizations and led by the Euclid Consortium Lead (ECL) and a Euclid Consortium Board (ECB). The ECL and ECB are the primary contact points with ESA and with the Euclid Consortium members.
The EC is responsible of the definitions of the scientific goals, the mission concept, the science requirements and the survey. It is also in charge of the design, construction, tests, integration and delivery to ESA of the imaging and spectroscopic instruments VIS and NISP. The Euclid Consortium Science Ground Segment (EC SGS) is responsible of the design, development tests, integration and operation of the data processing tools, pipelines and data centers. It shares with the EC Science Working Groups (SWG) the responsibility of the scientific production and delivery of Euclid data releases, and their scientific analysis and interpretation. The EC COMS group organises and coordinates all EC communication activities.
The EC is currently composed of the early teams that imagined, designed and proposed the Euclid mission submitted to the ESA Cosmic Vision program selection as well as new institutes that are now contributing to the implementation phase. To date 13 European countries contribute to EC activities (Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom). NASA and few US laboratories are also members of the Euclid Consortium.
In total, more than 1100 members are registered in the EC, of which more than 750 are researchers in astrophysics, cosmology, theoretical physics and particle physics. More than 120 laboratories covering all fields in cosmology, theoretical physics, high energy, particle physics and space science that are relevant for the Euclid missions are contributing to Euclid.
The Euclid Consortium meets once a year for its annual Euclid Consortium Meeting. The pictures below show the EC members attending the last 3 meetings.
Members of the Euclid consortium at the Euclid Meeting in Leiden (May. 13-15, 2013- Photo credit:
And older pictures illustrating the growth rate of the consortium!
Members of the Euclid consortium at the Euclid Meeting in Copenhagen (May. 14-15, 2012- Photo credit: Bjarne Sørensen/Space Science Center
Members of the Euclid consortium at the Euclid Meeting in Bologna (Sept. 7-8, 2011)- Credit:Pietro Procopio, INAF/IASF-Bologna
Last update : Jan 27th, 2014