Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)
INAF (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica) is the main Italian research institution devoted to the study of the Universe and includes 17 research centers with different expertise, ranging from theoretical astrophysics, to multi-wavelength astronomy, to the development of new technologies. INAF is the coordinator of EXTraS and participates in the project with three main centers: the Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica in Milan (IASF Milano), the Rome Astronomical Observatory (OAR) and the Brera Astronomical Observatory (OAB).
Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori di Pavia
IUSS, established in 2005, is the fourth (by birth date) of the Italian higher education and research schools, after the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Scuola Superiore S.Anna in Pisa and SISSA in Trieste. IUSS operates in synergy with the University of Pavia, where an important Physics Department is active. IUSS is an institution aimed at graduate and post-graduate training for highest quality students (selected on a strict merit basis), as well as at leading-edge research. The Academic Staff of IUSS-Pavia hosts internationally recognized researchers in different fields of Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Human and Social Sciences.
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) – IMATI
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) is the major public research body in Italy, a multidisciplinary institution that actively participated in the different FP programmes of EC. CNR will participate to the project with its Institute of Applied Mathematics and Information Technologies (IMATI). IMATI is a leading institute in the fields of applied mathematics and Computer science. IMATI has its headquarter in Pavia and branches in Genoa and Milano. The institute has a long tradition of participation and coordination of national and international research projects (including coordination of a NoE (Network of Excellence) in the 6th FP, and of two Ideas projects in the 7th FP). IMATI is fully involved in the Grid activities carried out by CNR at the national and international level, including participation to IGI (Italian Grid Infrastructure) and EGI (European Grid Initiative).
University of Leicester (Department of Physics and Astronomy)
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester is a premier UK research and teaching institute with more than 130 academic, research, technical and other staff. Research activity in astrophysics is diverse, ranging from studies of extra-solar planets, through galactic binaries, active galactic nuclei and gamma -ray bursts, to surveys, and exploits many worldrenowned ground and space-based observing facilities. The department has a long track record in high-energy astrophysics and involvement in major space astrophysics missions going back to the 1960s. The associated Space Research Centre at the University has been behind many hardware and instrument packages for a number of space missions, including the EPIC cameras on XMM-Newton and the focal plane camera of the Swift XRT.
Max Planck Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Wissenschaften E.V. (Max Planck Institute for extraterrestrial physics, MPE)
MPG, the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science, is an independent, non-profit research organization that primarily promotes and supports research at its own institutes. The research institutes of the Max Planck Society perform basic research in the interest of the general public in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. MPG will participate to the project with its Max Planck Institute for extraterrestrial physics (MPE). MPE was founded in 1963 as a sub-institute of the Max-Planck-Institute for physics and astrophysics and established as an independent institute in 1991. One of the major projects of the high-energy group at MPE in the 1990's was ROSAT (launched June 1990), which provided the first all-sky survey with an imaging X-ray telescope. Moreover, the group was strongly involved in the development, testing and calibration of instrumentation for the two main X-ray observatories currently in orbit: XMM-Newton and Chandra.
Friedrich-Alexander Universitat Erlangen-Nuremberg (Erlangen Centre for Astroparticle Physics, ECAP)
FAU will participate to the project with the Erlangen Centre for Astroparticle Physics (ECAP). ECAP is a Center of Excellence of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. Part of the Department of Physics, ECAP encompasses the research groups of the currently 16 professors active in astroparticle physics at the university, with an additional 35 staff at the PhD level and 70 PhD students. Research at ECAP ranges from multiwavelength, radio to X-ray and gamma-ray, studies of accreting neutron star and black holes and participation in satellite missions such as the German eROSITA experiment to be launched in 2014 to an involvement in large-scale neutrino detectors such as ANTARES and KM3NeT.