Horia Hulubei National Institute for Research and Development for Physics and Nuclear Engineering – IFIN-HH (LB) – Romania
1949. The Institute of Physics of the Romanian Academy was established – which became the Institute of Atomic Physics (IFA) in 1956 – the first institute of scientific research in Romania, whose founder and director was Professor Horia Hulubei. An institute standing at the forefront of the Romanian science, both in terms of research infrastructures and research personnel, providing over 10% of the national scientific output.
Following the tradition initiated by Professor Horia Hulubei, IFIN-HH addresses a spectrum of research and development activities in fundamental and applied research areas including Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics, Particle Physics, Atomic Physics, Life and Environmental Physics, Theoretical Physics, Nuclear Techniques, and Advanced Communication Systems. Featuring a variety of nation-wide-scoped facilities among which we can mention the Tandem Van de Graff Accelerator, the U120 Cyclotron, the Multipurpose Irradiation Facility Centre, the Radioactive Waste Treatment Plant, the institute is an important part of the Romanian research infrastructure.
While focusing its mission on advanced investigations in Atomic and Sub-Atomic Physics, IFIN is also committed to widening the positive impact of the Nuclear on industry, other business areas, as well as on the society at large, via a diversified offer of unique professional services.
In tune with the mainstream topical research, IFIN-HH is asserting itself as a valid interlocutor and partner, in the realm of the Euro-Atlantic science and technology endeavour. A highly professional quality and proven level of performance at both individual and work-team level make IFIN-HH fully compliant with the political, scientific, and managerial requirements prevailing in the European space.
To turn its strength to the best account, the institute concentrates its resources on along two directions: (a) to steadily develop a sound in-house capability to get and stay in the forefront of the current nuclear science and technology; and (ii) to substantively participate in the European collaborative endeavours centred on Large Scale Facilities such as GSI-Darmstadt (Germany), GANIL-Caen (France), CERN (Geneva), JINR (Dubna). Thesis believed to be a common-sense and mitigative strategy meant to harmonize limited domestic resources with the tall orders of the contemporary, top-level nuclear physics research, and the imperative need for Continental co-operation and integration. On these lines, over the past three years IFIN-HH has successfully participated in more than 200 national projects and in 20 international projects of the European Commission’s Framework Programmes 6 and 7. IFIN-HH will continue to develop its infrastructure, manpower, and expertise. Bringing bright young people at the frontiers of Science and blending their enthusiasm with the experience and educated tenacity of the elders is believed to make a sure recipe to guarantee a long-term sustainability of our activities.