The Euclid Consortium (EC) is a European organisation which brings together all laboratories contributing to the Euclid mission, beside ESA. The EC is composed of the teams that imagined, designed and proposed the Euclid mission submitted to the ESA Cosmic Vision program selection.
In the current Euclid organisation, the EC is responsible of the definitions of the scientific goals, 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 design, development tests, integration and operation of the data processing tools, pipelines and data centers; and the scientific analysis and interpretation of the Euclid data. Its activities are funded by national space agencies and national research organization.
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), with contribution from few US laboratories. In total, more than 900 scientists are registered in the EC, of which 450 are researchers in astrophysics. More than 100 European 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.
Members of the Euclid consortium at the Euclid Meeting in Copenhagen (May. 14-15, 2012- Photo credit: Bjarne Sørensen/Space Science Center
And and older picture illustrating the growth rate of the consortium!
Members of the Euclid consortium at the Euclid Meeting in Bologna (Sept. 7-8, 2011)- Credit:Pietro Procopio, INAF/IASF-Bologna
(last update : June 5th, 2012)