ESMI is approaching the end of its EU-funding period. Time to wrap up and look back at five years of successful transnational access, networking and joint research activities. The fact that ESMI users requested more than ninety percent of the originally planned access resources clearly demonstrates that the European community of soft matter scientists needs an infrastructure such as ESMI to remain competitive in their research.
In 2015, leading scientists of ESMI received highly prestigious awards, all of which were presented by members of the royal family of the respective countries involved. This shows the importance and impact of basic soft matter research in a broader scope outside its own scientific community.
The extraordinary acceptance of the transnational access programme and the appreciation shown by society in the awarding of prestigious prizes is our motivation to keep up the TNA services in a modified, reduced form and most importantly to apply for a follow-up research infrastructure. Please check the ESMI web site regularly for news of these activities at http://www.esmi-fp7.net/
With this last ESMI newsletter, we wish all our readers a very happy and successful New Year 2016.
Jan Dhont and Peter Lang