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3 June 2009

e2v supports the EIROforum school on space and ground based scientific instrumentation

e2v, a leading designer, developer and manufacturer of imaging sensors and cameras is pleased to have sponsored the first School on Instrumentation which has taken place at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland from 11th to 15th May.
The EIRO Forum School of Instrumentation (ESI) is a biannual event, jointly organised by the Instrumentation Working Group of the EIRO forum (made up of the seven large European intergovernmental research organisations including the European Space Agency). The scientific programme of ESI addresses all aspects of instrumentation related to the missions of the EIRO forum organisations.

The objective of ESI is to teach detector physics and the basic principles of instrumentation to around 70 young graduate students and post-docs in physics and engineering, mainly from the EIRO organizations. A number of the places have been reserved for particularly talented (PhD) students from outside the EIRO organisations who work on instrumentation topics.

Dr. Christian Joram from the CERN Physics Department said “ESI closes a long standing gap in the European training landscape. The first school offered great training opportunities for our junior researchers and allowed for an exceedingly active exchange between the more than 30 senior researchers from the EIRO organizations who gave a broad spectrum of high quality courses.”

Brian McAllister, General Manager of the Imaging Divison at e2v said “At e2v, our engineers design imaging sensors for instrumentation on a number of successful space missions including; ESA’s ENVISAT for Earth environmental analysis, CNES Corot for exoplanet searching, NASA’s Hubble and Kepler space telescopes and NT Space’s Kaguya for moon exploration. We are therefore proud to support this school which is developing the future designers of instrumentation to serve future space missions and science projects.”


Jessica Broom
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e2v’s objective is to be a global leader in the design and supply of specialised components and sub-systems that enable the world’s leading systems companies to deliver innovative solutions for medical and science, aerospace and defence, and commercial and industrial markets.

e2v has 4 major product groups:

  • High performance electron devices and subsystems for applications including defence electronic countermeasures, radiotherapy cancer treatment, and radar systems
  • Advanced Imaging sensors and cameras for applications including industrial process control, dental X-ray systems, space science and life sciences
  • Specialist semiconductors, including logic, memory and microprocessors for high reliability mission-critical programs in avionics, defence and telecommunications, sensor data acquisition, and high speed data conversion
  • A range of professional sensing products for applications including fire, rescue and security thermal imaging, X-ray spectroscopy, and military surveillance, targeting and guidance

For the year ended 31 March 2008, e2v achieved sales of £205m and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. In October 2008 e2v acquired QP semiconductor, a leading US-based designer and supplier of specialty semiconductor components used in military and aerospace applications, establishing e2v’s first US manufacturing base.

The Company is headquartered in the United Kingdom and has approximately 1800 employees in six production facilities across Europe and North America. e2v also operates a global network of sales and technical support offices, supported by local distributors and resellers.

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