India will join one of the largest physics project, championed by the EU, to study the evolution of the Universe seconds after the Big Bang during the India-EU Ministerial Science Conference this week. The USD 80 million-project was conceived by Germany and has 13 European nations participating in it.
The Facility for Anti-proton and Ion Research (FAIR) is one of the 35 large facilities developed by the EU. The project will also study basic structure of matter and newer areas of nuclear physics. India is already participating in the International Thermonuclear Energy Reactor (ITER) and the Center for European Nuclear Research's (CERN) large hadron collider (LHC) project. For the LHC project, India built heavy duty sensors and magnets.
India's role in FAIR is expected to be finalized this week.