The HERCULES 2021 European School provides its participants with the opportunity to spend a week at Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste, an international research center of excellence specialized in generating synchrotron and free-electron laser light. The center operates two advanced light sources, the electron storage ring Elettra and the free-electron laser FERMI. Its laboratories are located in the AREA Science Park campus in the village of Basovizza, about 10 km from Trieste city center. Information on how to reach the venue can be found in the useful information section on this website.
Trieste is located in the north of Italy, 100 km east from Venice, close to the border with Slovenia. Trieste faces a beautiful gulf bearing the same name, where the sea is often framed by a rocky coastline and high cliffs. Trieste is a medium size town (ca. 220,000 inhabitants), capital of the autonomous region Friuli-Venezia Giulia. As a gateway to Eastern Europe, the town has a close relationship to Middle Europe, of which it is an important cultural center. Trieste has a growing economic, commercial and political role, taking advantage of its geographical location. Useful links on Trieste can be found here