The Danish National Research Foundation has decided to continue to support Southern University’s research in particle physics with an additional 40 million Danish crowns. This means that the university’s Centre for Cosmology and Particle Physics Phenomenology, CP3–Origins, is sure to continue its work until 2019.
Since its establishment in 2009, CP3-Origins has marked itself as a heavyweight in the world of particle physics and cosmology, and CP3 researchers have attracted worldwide attention with their pursuit of yet unknown elementary particles in the Universe and research on dark matter. CP3-Origins is among the leading centres in the world when it comes to exploring the famous Higgs particle, the existence of which CERN proved in 2012.
The leader of CP3-Origins, Professor Francesco Sannino, is pleased about the good news of continued funding.
– “Excellent”, I thought, and actually said it out loud. Now we can concentrate on research and on making CP3-Origins beyond outstanding.
In order to get approved for funding, CP3-Origins, along with 8 other “Centers of Excellence”, has been evaluated by a number of international expert panels. The panels have then advised the Danish National Research Foundation’s Board of Directors on both the quality of the centres’ research, as well as the perspectives of the research planned for the second period of funding that runs from 2014-19.
Liselotte Højgaard is the chairman of the Danish National Research Foundation as of January 1, 2013:
– For me as the new chairman it has been very impressive to see what these centres have managed to accomplish, says Liselotte Højgaard. With the fund’s Centers of Excellence program it is really possible to create a framework that will promote high quality research. The centres stand out as being among the absolute leaders within their field – not only in Denmark, but also internationally. I think that is very impressive and very good for Denmark.
CP3-Origins was founded by Professor Francesco Sannino in 2009, and under his leadership the centre has managed to attract a strong and highly qualified group of researchers from all over the world. Professor Sannino is originally from Italy, has been trained in Italy and U.S., and has conducted research in places such as Yale University and CERN, besides receiving a number of prestigious European research grants for his work.