ELETTRA is a multidisciplinary Synchrotron Light Laboratory in the AREA Science Park, Italy, open to researchers in diverse basic and applied fields. The main assets of the research centre are two advanced light sources, the electron storage ring Elettra and the free-electron laser (FEL) FERMI, continuously (H24) operated supplying light of the selected "colour" and quality to more than 30 experimental stations on 27 beamlines.
Every year scientists and engineers from more than 50 different countries compete by submitting proposals to access and use time on these stations. This is because of its central location in Europe, and its involvement in the primary network for science and technology of the Central European Initiative (CEI), the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) of UNESCO, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The access by researchers from developing countries has tripled over the last few years, and the Indian research community is one of the largest users. Furthermore, Elettra - Sincrotrone Trieste has been the coordinator of the EU-supported networks involving synchrotron and free electron lasers in the European area, in the last decade.