In this rapidly evolving field, there is a widely recognized need for a deeper exchange of knowledge and ideas, for a better management of the research activity, and for a more effective participation of young researchers and students, aiming at the highest levels of education and training. The above considerations justify the attempt to strengthen the collaboration among research nodes which have already been successfully engaged for several years in this branch of physics. This project aims at increasing their scientific potential within a common and structured program, from the viewpoint of both research tasks and integration activities.
The main planned research activities cover neutrino physics, dark matter, astrophysical sources of radiation, multimessenger astronomy, cosmology, and the interplay of astrophysics with particle physics. Each node of TAsP has specific competences and technical expertise in at least one (and often several) of these subfields and will contribute – also in collaboration with other nodes - to improve the current state-of-the-art in all these fields. The research program will be paralleled by networking and integration activities, including exchange visits, cotutoring of students and the organization of common scientific events.