Technical visits, September 11th

In the event that the minimum attendance for a visit has not been reached, we reserve the right to cancel the visit.

Visit to CEA Saclay and Neurospin
Price: Train tickets to Paris

Lunch and bus travel expenses are offered by the CEA Saclay.
The organizers are grateful to the CEA for this financial support.

Please note that we will not cover the costs of the train to Paris.

Program of the day – Friday September 11th
07:30 - 09:50   Departures from Lyon by train to Paris – Bus to Saclay
11:00 - 13:00   Guided tour of Synergium and Neurospin
13:00 - 14:00   Lunch at Irfu/CEA
14:00 - 16:00   Guided tour of Synergium and Neurospin

The visit is organized from Paris and not from Lyon which means you must book the train ticket following the instructions below and you are free to leave on Thursday evening or Friday morning. Please be sure to be in Paris Gare de Lyon, meeting point, at 09h50.

The easiest way to travel to Paris from Lyon is to book a TGV train ticket (see information below). There will be a departure from Lyon at 07h30 with one EUCAS organizer.

Departure 07h05 – arrival 09h02 from Lyon to Paris (Gare de Lyon) TGV N° 6604,6690
Departure 07h34 – arrival 09h33 from Lyon to Paris (Gare de Lyon) TGV N° 6658
Please note that most of trains running on the 11/09/2015 aren't on sale yet.

Meeting Point 09h30 – 09h50: Paris Gare de Lyon

Train Booking:

Synergium platform – Irfu/SACM (Irfu/SACM)

The platform called “Synergium" which occupies a total floor area of 25,000 m2 is part of Irfu/SACM, the Institute of Research into the Fundamental Laws of the Universe, of the CEA Physical Sciences Division (DSM). SACM which hosts 75 research engineers and 45 technicians has for mission to carry out, with the national and international community, research and development of excellence in the fields of particle accelerators, cryogenic systems and superconducting magnets for use in fundamental research.

The Department has played a major role over many years in the construction of the high technology instruments needed for this type of research (LHC, W7-X, SPIRAL2, FAIR, IPHI, ESS). The platform facilities are also dedicated to other related work in the energy sector (material studies for thermonuclear fusion in the framework of Ifmif project, qualification approval of Japanese Tokamak coils JT-60SA), in the life science sector (magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner whose core is a 11.7T magnet that is expected to set new standards for cerebral imaging and should be delivered to Neurospin in 2015) and light sources sector (Soleil and Xfel projects).

Neurospin – Unique Imaging Platform (Neurospin)

NeuroSpin, is a centre for ultra high-field magnetic resonance neuroimaging (MRI)

While medical MRI machines generally operate at a field strength of 1.5T, NeuroSpin is already equipped with both a 3T and a 7T magnet. The only one of its kind in France, the 7T magnet can be four times more sensitive than a 1.5T MRI machine. Ultimately, NeuroSpin teams plan to design and implement a magnet of 11.7T, a field strength hitherto unattained anywhere in the world. This ambitious objective is backed by the novel approach at NeuroSpin, where methodologists work alongside neurobiologists of the highest calibre.

NeuroSpin, is a center for ultra-high-field magnetic resonance neuroimaging (MRI). NeuroSpin is at the crossroads of scientific and technological knowledge and know-how. NeuroSpin boasts a combination of biomedical imaging tools and competencies. Its teams – which federate the CEA, the CNRS, Inserm, Paris universities and hospitals – play a key role in the Medicen Paris Region competitiveness cluster and European neuroimaging research projects.

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