[Neutron] Newsletter from the European Spallation Source

Roger Eriksson Roger.Eriksson at esss.se
Fri Feb 4 11:56:08 CET 2011

 The newsletter of ESS



							 The European Spallation Source will be a multi-disciplinary research centre, built in Lund, Sweden. ESS will provide new capabilities in a large array of scientific disciplines. ESS is aiming to become the first climate neutral research facility.

Greetings for the New Year
2011 will be another year of challenges for the European Spallation Source project. It is time now to start developing the ideas for the first set of instruments that will be ready for users from day 1 in 2019. This means in turn that we will start new collaborations to be added to the collaborations already in place. With almost 70 people now working at ESS AB in Lund, there are more than 300 people, ranging from administrators to scientists, involved in the project around Europe and beyond. 

ESS is a project that is moving forward and we are gearing up for the challenges ahead! The land for ESS is secured, we are currently recruiting the person that will lead the Project office that we are setting up in Lund and we are also recruiting scientists and support staff as the pre-construction phase of the facility gets underway. 

This week, the MoU formalising the collaboration between the 16 partner countries represented in the ESS Steering Committee will be signed at the Swedish Embassy in Paris and in another couple of weeks the first report on the Sustainability policy will be presented. The policy emphasises that ESS will be built in a environmentally friendly way which also brings with it lower operating costs.

We are also happy to announce three larger conferences this year. The 4th High Power Targetry Workshop will be held in Malmö, Sweden in May, followed by the first Science & Scientists at ESS meeting in July as a satellite meeting to the ECNS conference. In the autumn we will arrange the first Green Energy for Sustainable Science conference. You'll find more information on these conferences on our website http://esss.se. 

To summarise: 2011 will mean new hope, attracting new partners, new collaborations, new ideas and will require a lot of dedicated work. All to meet our overall goal: first neutrons in 2019. ESS will be a different kind of neutron source! 

Colin Carlile

		Meetings on Science @ ESS
On the 22nd and 23rd July 2011 ESS will arrange a kick-off meeting to discuss the future scientific goals of the facility as a satellite to the ECNS meeting.

– It will be a way for us to inform the research community of the progress so far and to get the science community involved in the development of the first set of instruments, says Dimitiri Argyriou, Science Director at ESS AB. A new generation of neutron facility also needs a new generation of instruments, but to get that we need input and involvement from the community that will use them.

The meeting will start on Friday afternoon with a plenary session and will continue on the next day. Later that evening the work will continue in the more relaxed atmosphere of the dinner. We will ensure that there will be sufficient time for questions and comments about the ESS Design Update and the development of the first set of instruments. 

– This is the kick-off meeting about the future science at ESS. There will be a series of meetings involving scientists from various fields of research starting later in 2011. Now is the time to get involved, says Dimitri Argyriou.

You can register your interest to participate on the conference website: http://www.esss.se/s-and-s. This meeting will be limited to 170 participants.

The main Science & Scientists @ ESS meeting will be held in Berlin on the 19th and 20th April 2012. Put the date in your diary even now!
Link to the website

Green Energy for Sustainable Science Conference 
Big Science is an important key to a sustainable future, but can Big Science facilities be sustainable in themselves? A growing number of involved scientists from a multitude of disciplines seem to think it is worth trying.

The European Spallation Source has committed to an  energy programme called “Responsible, Recyclable and Renewable”. The primary energy will come from renewable sources and the waste heat produced in the facility will be recycled into the local district heating system.

- This is the responsible way of building a research facility, says Thomas Parker, Energy Manager at ESS. But it isn't the easy way. We have two sustainability partners, E.ON and Lunds Energi, that provide us with know-how and engineers. The first report from the sustainability group is due in March. 

The aim for the GESS conference is to share and discuss sustainability challenges and strategies in large scale research facilities. 

To pre-register to the conference visit the website.

Link to the GESS site

Germany injects 21M€ into the ESS Pre-construction phase
In November, Germany announced a significant financial contribution to the ESS Design Update. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research will contribute with 15 M€ and other German institutions will contribute with 6 M€. 

The money will be used by those German institutions that are involved in the ESS Design Update in close cooperation with the ESS team in Lund on a series of work programmes over the next three years to prepare for the construction of ESS.

	Denmark becomes a shareholder in ESS AB
Denmark became the second shareholder in European Spallation Source AB when they acquired 26% of the shares. At the same time three representatives from Denmark became members of the Board. 

Thus both the host countries are now shareholders in ESS AB. 

The ESS Data Management and Software Centre is located in Copenhagen, Denmark, benefiting from the Nordic Data Grid and Danish expertise on high-power computing. During the Design Update the centre is being used for simulations and calculations.

		France signed MoU
In December at the French Embassy in Sweden a number of MoUs were signed between research organisations in France and Sweden about cooperation on the ESS Design Update. The agreements cover essential R&D on key ESS accelerator components, as well as the development of instrumentation and the exchange of scientists. 

Several Swedish and French institutions are involved in these cooperations.

In the photo: Christiane Alba-Simionescu, Director of LLB Saclay, Pär Omling, Director General of the Swedish Research Council and Bernard Bigot, Administrateur Générale of the CEA sign MoUs linking Swedish and French institutes collaborating on ESS.

Next issue of the Newsletter
In the next newsletter there will be portraits of the newly appointed Science Director, Dimitri Argyriou, and the newly appointed Head of Administration, Matti Tiirakari. 

There will also be a feature about the Project Group that will be responsible for the construction of the facility. The next issue will be published in the beginning of March.

European Spallation Source ESS AB / www.esss.se / info at esss.se
Director General and CEO Colin Carlile / +46(0)761 333399 / colin.carlile at esss.se 
Communications Officer and Editor Roger Eriksson / +46(0)46-2226718 / roger.eriksson at esss.se


Roger Eriksson
Communications Officer

European Spallation Source ESS AB
P.O Box 176, SE-221 00 Lund, Sweden
Visiting address: Stora Algatan 4, Lund

Mobile: +46 767 72 6718
Phone: +46 46 222 6718
E-mail: roger.eriksson at esss.se	


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