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A new Road Map concerning European astroparticle phisics development for the years 2017-2026 was published on 9th January 2018. At the top of this strategy one may find such directions of research as gravitational waves, neutrino, dark matter and gamma ray research.

Astroparticle physics is a relatively new and dynamically developing field of science that can take pride in such remarkable achievements as the Nobel Prize in 2017 for the discovery of gravitational waves. This discovery opens up a whole new era of astronomy.

In January, European particle astrophysicists together with their colleagues from around the world as well as the representatives of the European Commission gathered in Brussels in order to celebrate the announcement of the Road Map - the updated strategy of the European Astrophysics Consortium (ApPEC), which determines priority research directions for the next ten years. The research potential outlined in the strategy will be successfully used only with coordinated actions at the European level.

The new ApPEC strategy highlights the three main areas of future astroparticle research:

  1. the parallel usage of various cosmic information carriers emitted by cosmic sources in the Universe (charged cosmic rays, electromagnetic radiation, neutrinos and gravitational waves)
  2. a detailed study of the most elusive particles – the neutrinos,
  3. study of the "dark side" of the Universe (dark matter and dark energy) and its evolution initiated at the Big Bang (cosmology, study of cosmic microwave background radiation).

The full text of the original ApPEC information is available at:…

The full text of the information can be found on the ApPEC website: new ApPEC website.

It is worth adding that according to decision of Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education Poland is going to be the full member of ApPEC again.


Information for Polish readers was prepared by: Leszek Roszkowski, NCBJ and Paweł Bruckman de Renstrom, IFJ.