Archives of European Committee for Future Accelerators, ECFA

Identity Statement [Top]

Reference code(s)

ECFA-52- Rev. to ECFA-00-203 (ongoing)


Archives of European Committee for Future Accelerators, ECFA


July 1997 - Present

Level of description


Extent of the unit of description

6 boxes; 89 Items; 0,7 linear metre

Context [Top]

Name of creator

European Committee for Future Accelerators

Administrative history

ECFA is advisory to CERN Management, CERN Council and its Committees, and to other organizations, national or international. Traditionally, physicists from the countries which were Members of CERN in 1966 participate in ECFA. CERN is also considered as a "country". Admission of a new participating country is decided by Plenary ECFA.

ECFA consists of Plenary ECFA, Restricted ECFA, Chairman and Secretary and permanent or ad hoc working groups.

Plenary ECFA decides on all ECFA activities, appoints the Chairman and Secretary, approves the final reports of the working groups and terminates their activities, decides on admission of new countries and observers, and makes recommendations to outside organizations. This committee appoints members for a total maximum period of six years after nomination by their country. While the members so chosen should be able to represent the views of the high-energy physics community of their country, they are members of Plenary ECFA as individuals. It normally holds two meetings per year preceded by a meeting of Restricted ECFA.

Restricted ECFA is composed of one member per country, appointed for at most two three-year periods. The Director-General of CERN, the Director of the Gran Sasso Laboratory and the Chairman of the DESY Directorate are ex-officio members. Restricted ECFA assists and advises the Chairman and the Secretary in the current running of ECFA, and acts as the communication channel to each participating country, its physics community and national institutes and authorities.

Plenary ECFA may accord observer status to countries which wish to follow the work of ECFA or contribute their views on ECFA's activities. Observer status is also granted to national or international laboratories or organizations which are of importance for ECFA's activities. Observers participate in the discussions of Restricted and Plenary ECFA unless otherwise decided for particular questions. They do not participate in decisions.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

CERN Council Secretariat

Content & Structure [Top]

Scope and content

The items in this collection were created for and from the meetings of the ECFA meetings. The usual documents are guidelines, agenda, plenary meetings, mailing lists...

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information

Nothing was destroyed.


Further accruals are expected.

System of arrangement

The original order has been preserved.

Conditions of access and use [Top]

Conditions governing access

See file level description and the CERN operational circular No 3: rules applicable to archival material and archiving at CERN. In general, records on any subject that are over 30 years old, and all records of a purely scientific nature, may be consulted.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright is retained by CERN, no reproduction without permission.

Language / scripts of material

Most of the material is written in English.

Finding aids

Listed to file level in the CERN Archives Database.

Allied materials [Top]

Related units of description

The International Committee for Future Accelerators (ICFA) was created in 1976 to facilitate International collaboration in the construction and use of accelerator for High Energy physics.

Description control [Top]

Archivist's note

Description prepared by Sandrine Reyes

Date(s) of description

Geneva, the 26th April 2001, Revised 2007.