Project Overview

The LASSIE (Laboratory Astrochemical Surface Science in Europe) Initial Training Network (ITN) has the goal of providing a training and research environment uniquely equipped

To achieve these aims, the LASSIE ITN will use a broad and coherent range of ’training through research’ activities that will:

The LASSIE ITN brings together Europe’s 13 leading theoretical and experimental surface and solid state astrochemistry research groups supported by a partnership of 6 high technology MSME partners and an internationally recognised MSME outreach partner. The network has a combined experience in excess of 250 years in research and training; has a publication record in high quality journals numbering over 1000 papers; and has trained over 100 ESR and ER who are now fully integrated into a wide range of knowledge-based enterprises in Europe. Furthermore this strong interdisciplinary and intersectorial team provides:

At national level the need for, and the benefits of, such collaboration in furthering research in astrochemistry has been recognised in France, the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK. In the latter, the AstroSurf Network (, funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, is an ideal example of how cooperation and collaboration may be brought together in a wider European programme. Whilst aspects of astrochemistry form part of other European-funded programmes such as the EuroPlanet consortium (which requires astrochemical data for the study of planetary atmospheres) and the European Astrobiology Network Association (EANA), neither of these have the goal or structure for training the much needed next generation of astrochemists which is the main purpose of this ITN. However both of these consortia have indicated a willingness to collaborate with the LASSIE ITN. Furthermore, ASTRONET (, the European consortium of astronomy and astrophysics funding agencies, has recently declared that astrochemistry is crucial in underpinning the major investment in telescope development expected in the next 20 years ( and must be supported if Europe is to successfully utilise that investment.