The underground laboratories

The underground laboratories in the EUL network offer a wide range of research and development opportunities. All the facilities offer basic services, including infrastructure for research and underground activities.

Each facility in the EUL network has a unique profile with special research and development opportunities enabling the facility to provide special benefits for particular projects.

The underground laboratories in the EUL

Hagerbach Test Gallery


For more than 50 years, Hagerbach Test Gallery has extended its unique underground infrastructures to realize innovative projects offering ideal conditions for research and education. Besides an accredited material testing laboratory, new concepts and prototypes making smart use of underground space are brought forward.

GIG Experimental Mine ‘Barbara’


The EM ‘Barbara’ in Mikołów used to operate as an ordinary coal mine but after the WW II it has become the only research and scientific post in Poland with an experimental range for testing devices, equipment, materials and procedures in real-scale underground conditions.

Callio Lab


Callio Lab is a new environment for underground research and other activities. The laboratory is located in the Pyhäsalmi Mine, the oldest operating mine in Finland and the deepest active hard rock mine in Europe, going as deep as 1444 metres.

KGHM Cuprum Research and Development Centre


The KGHM Cuprum Research and Development Centre has a long tradition of research and design services for the copper mining industry in Poland. There are plans to set up new underground laboratories for research, technical development, tourism and education in selected areas of the existing KGHM mines.

Reiche Zeche


Since the 1800s, silver production and mining education have benefitted from one another in Reche Zeche. Today multiple research institutions and industry partners use the mine for developing new technology, production methods and materials.

Ruskeala Underground Laboratory


Ruskeala Underground Laboratory is the place where mining industrial heritage meets science and innovation. It is located in an old abandoned marble quarry in the Ruskeala Mining Park. Methodological and technical development is conducted for testing, designing and construction of safe tourist destinations.

Underground Low Background Laboratory of Khlopin Radium Institute


The underground low background laboratory of Khlopin Radium Institute is located inside the St. Petersburg subway, at the crossing between Nevsky Prospekt and Gostiny Dvor stations. The laboratory is about 65 meters deep, equivalent to about 120 meters of water shield. The rooms were built in 1965–1967 specifically as a laboratory. The Radium Institute initiated the construction.

Well developed services

Through the EUL network, facilities can offer a level of organization and service that makes them attractive to a variety of research projects and businesses.

Core services include:

Infrastructure for research and underground activities.

Knowledge about each facility and the characteristics of each site.

Expertise in conducting underground projects.

Additional services

Each facility also provides additional services. These are supporting services that a customer can order separately to help the performance of the project.

These include:

Underground logistics

Coordination of research projects

Industry-specific machinery and equipment

Support for R&D projects (e.g. funding and innovation)

International cooperation

Extensive networks

References of successful projects


Underground and industrial tours

Meeting rooms and workrooms

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