The European user community counts almost 10000 mainly academia-based users, which are supported by an ecosystem of about 10 world-class national facilities and the European facility, the Institute Laue Langevin (ILL). Europe leads neutron science and is investing almost 2B€ in the European Spallation Source (ESS), its construction, like Horizon 2020, spanning the period 2014-2020.
A new neutron project that will start in October 2015 and last for four years has recently been accepted for funding under the European Commission HORIZON 2020 framework. Like NMI3, the new project is a consortium of the main European facilities and academic partners conducting neutron research and is coordinated by the ILL. Thus, the SINE2020 kick-off meeting will indeed take place at the same time as the NMI3 final General Assembly.
SINE2020, world-class Science and Innovation with Neutrons in Europe in 2020, is therefore a project with two objectives:
Common services underpin the European research area for neutrons. New and improved services will be developed in SINE2020, by the LSF’s and partners in 13 countries, in a holistic approach including outreach, samples, instrumentation and software. These services are the key to integrating ESS in the European neutron ecosystem, ensuring scientific success from day one. They are also the basis for facilitating direct use of neutron LSF’s by industry. Particular emphasis is placed on the industry consultancy, which will reach out to industry and develop a business model for direct, industry use of LSF’s in 2020, and data treatment, exploiting a game-changing opportunity at LSF’s to adopt a common software approach in the production of scientific results.