[Neutron] Latest News on ESS
jcampo at essbilbao.com
Fri Jan 25 15:16:43 CST 2008
January 24th, 2008
Spain and Hungary reinforce their candidatures to
host the European Spallation Source
More than 20 countries attend today the presentation in Brussels
A Collaboration Agreement on the European
Spallation Source (ESS) has been launched today
by the ESS-Bilbao Consortium participated by the
Spanish Ministry of Education and Science and the
Basque Country Regional Government and the
ESS-Hungary Consortium, led by the Hungarian
Ministry of Economy and Transport.
Both Spain and Hungary, while competing to host
the Source, have come together to catalyze the
process of establishing and building the European
Spallation Source as defined in the Road-map of
the European Strategy Forum on Research
Infrastructures (ESFRI). The agreement combines
resources and coordinates activities in such a
way that the initial phase of the project can be
advanced more effectively and does it in a manner
in which both parties benefit from the collaboration.
The agreement has been presented to the
International Community this morning in Brussels
in a Joint Round Table chaired by the Spanish
Secretary of State of Universities and Research,
Prof. Miguel Ángel Quintanilla, and the Hungarian
Secretary of State for Economic Development, Mr.
Géza Egyed. The meeting has been attended by the
partcipating countries and the European Comission concerned with the ESS.
The key points of the cooperation are the following:
* Work together on the design of a
cooperative investment plan for the construction
of the ESS facility with the aim of securing an
international agreement to locate the facility at one of the partner sites.
* As for the preparatory phase the
cooperation is realized by appointing a common
joint science director and desinging same scientific/ technological content.
* Establish cost estimates of ESS, which
includes the local infrastructure, agreeing to
define a common basis for making these estimates,
and use the same method in both countries to
examine the socio-economic impact of the proposed locations.
* As for the building phase the country
realizing ESS is supported by cash and in kind of
the other party and also represented as a strategic supplier.
* Jointly supported scientific advisory board is also accepted.
In the round tables the afternoon session both
candidatures will expose an overview of their
respective site proposals concerning the ESS
project and open a discussion with the attending
countries delegates to exchange views on the
Spanish and the Hungarian proposals.
The European Spallation Source is a project to
build and operate the worlds most intense low
energy neutron source for studying the structure
and dynamics of materials, having a wide range of
scientific and industrial applications from
engineering to life sciences and aeronautics to
pharmaceutics. It is currently one of the largest
R&D infrastructure to be built in Europe during
the next 10 years with an estimated construction
cost of 1000 to 1500 M. Once in fully
operation, the Source could gather more than 4000
researches per year from all over the world
conducting cutting-edge research projects. The
European Commission has selected the ESS as one
of the mature projects included in the European
Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures Road-map.
Due to the international nature of the ESS
project, and in view of its goal to serve a broad
community of countries, further support will be
required from other partners both for the
construction and operation of this large scale
scientific infrastructure for Europe. In this
sense, both Spain and Hungary pointed out that
their agreement is open to additional countries willing to join.
Dr. Javier CAMPO
Phone: +34 646 89 79 76
jcampo at essbilbao.com
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