Since its development, HELIOS Platform is involved in a number of projects at the Regional, National, European and International levels. HELIOS is open to research and development activities in collaboration with academics, industries as well as policy makers.

The following list summarizes the recent projects in which HELIOS has been involved:

Actris FrACTRIS is the European Research Infrastructure for the observation of Aerosol, Clouds and Trace Gases. ACTRIS is composed of observing stations, exploratory platforms, instrument calibration centres, and a data centre. ACTRIS serves a vast community of users working on atmospheric research, climate and Earth system and air quality models, satellite retrievals, weather analysis and forecast systems by offering high quality data and research infrastructure services for atmospheric aerosols, clouds, and trace gases.

The PIVOTS project is a coordinated set of experimental and analytical platforms dedicated to the development of « engineering and environmental metrology for high consumption of natural resources activities » and federating public bodies (BRGM, CNRS, INRA, University of Orleans) and private players like the DREAM cluster, CRTand their members. Its objective is to achieve the integration of academic players and companies at all levels of the value chain of the quality of the environment monitoring and the sustainable management of natural resources (soil, subsoil, surface water, groundwater, sediment, air).

Image result for logo region centre This projet has received funding from the European Union’s and by the Centre-Val de Loire regional council

VOLTAIRE focuses on Geofluids and Volatile Elements – Earth, Atmosphere, Interactions – Resources and Environment :

  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Geological resources, Utilization of the subsoil, Pollution, Global Change
  • Exchanges at different temporal and spatial scales between the Earth and the atmosphere
  • Sources, Reactive transfers, Trapping of the chemical elements involved
  • Impact of human activity on exchanges between the superficial terrestrial layers, notably the continental surfaces This projet has received funding from the French National Research Agency (ANR)  under grant agreement ANR-10-LABX-100-01

EUROCHAMP-2020 aims at further integrating the most advanced European atmospheric simulation chambers into a world-class infrastructure for research and innovation. The project is composed by a coordinated set of networking activities, which deliver improved chamber operability across the infrastructure, as well as standard protocols for data generation and analysis. Trans-national access is provided to sixteen different chambers and four calibration centres, becoming the core of the project. Joint research activities enhance the capability of the infrastructure to provide improved services for users. Cooperation with the private sector a fundamental pillar of the project, and it is necessary to exploit the innovation potential of the infrastructure by supporting development of scientific instruments, sensor technologies and de-polluting materials. Overall, EUROCHAMP-2020 has the goal to significantly enhance the capacity for exploring atmospheric processes and ensure that Europe retains its place in atmospheric simulation chamber research.

The ’MARSU’ RISE Exchange Network is a multi-site program carried by 4 Member States (MS) partner institutions (three from the academic sector and one from the non-academic sector) and six Third Countries (TC) institutions from South America, Africa and Asia.

MARSU is a collaborative effort with the goal of gaining new knowledge and reducing the uncertainty about the effect of aerosols deriving from the air-sea exchange on climate and atmospheric composition. The results from this key interdisciplinary project will have impact on current and future industrial and legislative developments.

This projet has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 690958

The COGNAC project suggests tackling the new pathways leading to new particles formation and growth issue by performing laboratory based experiments to derive scientifically sound data on the chemistry of Criegee Biradicals (CBs) produced during the ozonolysis of unsaturated volatile organic compounds (both homogeneously in the gas phase and heterogeneously involving secondary organic aerosols (SOA) ozonolysis); by providing new kinetic and mechanistic data describing the formation at the gas-particle interface of organo-sulfates to assess the potential importance of these in providing organic particulate matters and finally by incorporating the laboratory derived mechanisms and processes in a box model to improve its performance in predicting atmospheric oxidative capacity and aerosol distribution. This projet has received funding from the French National Research Agency (ANR)  under grant agreement 13-BS06-0002-01