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ECFA is an important representative body of the European particle physics community, with delegates hailing primarily from major laboratories, research centres and universities. Traditionally, all CERN Member States, Associate Member States and Observer States are members of ECFA. Our website is at

Long-range planning of European high-energy facilities - accelerators, large-scale facilities and equipment - adequate for the conduct of a valid high-energy research programme by the community of physicists in the participating countries and matched to the size of this community and to the resources which can be put at the disposal of high-energy physics by society. Duplication of similar accelerators should be avoided and international collaboration for the creation of these facilities should be encouraged if essential and efficient for attaining the purpose.

Equilibrium between the roles of international and national laboratories and university institutes in this research, and a close relation between research and education in high-energy physics and other fields.

Adequate conditions for research and a just and equitable sharing of facilities between physicists, irrespective of nationality and origin, as conducive to a successful collaborative effort.

A full-day open session of Plenary ECFA will be held on 14 November 2019 in the Council Chamber at CERN. The session is open for all to participate and will revolve around novel accelerator technologies: towards colliders using plasma wakefield acceleration, towards colliders with muons and towards high-temperature superconducting (HTS) magnets. The event will be webcasted.

A full-day ECFA session for early-career researchers will be held on 15 November 2019 in the Main Auditorium at CERN. Participation will be by invitation only and limited to early-career researchers. Each RECFA member, i.e. per country (plus CERN), can nominate to the ECFA chair up to 10 PhD students or postdocs active in particle physics and/or adjacent fields are eligible.

On 15 November 2019, in parallel to the event mentioned above, a meeting of Restricted ECFA will take place in the morning (link), followed by a meeting of Plenary ECFA in the afternoon. Both in the Council Chamber at CERN.

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