[Neutron] ESS Partner Countries in first in-kind instrumentation meeting

Marianne Ekdahl marianne.ekdahl at esss.se
Mon Sep 12 15:54:16 CEST 2011

ESS Partner Countries in first in-kind instrumentation meeting

For the first time, more than 110 scientists from the ESS Partner Countries have met to jointly plan their in-kind contributions to the ESS scientific instruments, that will define the future ESS science.

The first ESS In-Kind Contributions Meeting for Neutron Science for the ESS, IKON-1, was concluded today in Lund, Sweden. Over 110 scientists from ESS partner laboratories took part to present and take part of planning for the in-kind contributions.

ESS will be the world’s most powerful neutron source for materials and life sciences, but also the world’s first long pulse neutron source. In order for the scientific community to harness the best opportunities for science and technology from the ESS, the instruments must be carefully designed.

- We have set ourselves an ambitious goal. ESS will be a world-leading source with unparalleled neutron intensity and with long pulses. That has never been done before, says Dimitri Argyriou, ESS Science Director.

- We will have to think out of the box to develop new instruments that will be able to draw all of the benefits from the ESS long pulse beam characteristics, while foreseeing the needs of the science community ten, 20, and even 30 years into the future, says Ken Andersen, ESS Head of Instrumentation.

This first meeting provided information on the progress of the ESS and the current status of instrument development, as well as valuable discussions on the choice and design of the best possible instruments for ESS. The meeting also included presentations on in-kind contributions from some of the ESS Partner Countries, namely Germany, Denmark and Switzerland.

- The in-kind contributions are vital, continues Dimitri Argyriou. We could not assemble a suite of instruments without the expertise of the ESS partner laboratories and research institutes.

- The enthusiasm shown has been truly encouraging. We are now moving ahead full speed, says Arno Hiess, Head of Neutron Science at ESS. The forthcoming IKON meetings will be focused on the current work done by the many partners to ensure a common vision and keep the current momentum in providing the best possibilities for science.

The IKON meetings will be held twice a year as a forum for presentation of technical progress. All current and future ESS Partner Countries participants in the in-kind work packages in the ESS Instrument Collaboration will be welcomed. The forthcoming meetings will be

The design of the ESS instruments will be performed within work packages led by ESS and the ESS partner laboratories. The instrument concepts will be presented at the ESS Science & Scientists Meeting in Berlin in May 2012.


Marianne Ekdahl
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