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Seven European countries join forces to promote the construction of the European Solar Telescope

Computer model of the European Solar Telescope at its planned location on La Palma next to the Swedish Solar Telescope.Credit: IAC

On July 25, a significant development took place as nine institutions from seven European countries signed the deed of the Canarian foundation, granting legal status to the project consortium and paving the way for the future construction of the European Solar Telescope (EST). The countries involved in this endeavour are the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Among these, Sweden's contribution through the Institute for Solar Physics at Stockholm University has been pivotal since the project's inception in 2008. The university's involvement extends to developing scientific instruments, including pioneering work with the Swedish 1-m Solar Telescope.