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EU Supports the Neutron Science Community: SINE2020 funded through Horizon 2020

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20 May 2015

The European Commission has granted SINE2020, which will be implemented within the framework of Horizon2020 in the course of the next 4 years. The grant worth 12 million Euros is being coordinated by the ILL and implemented with 18 partners including ESS.

Europe has the largest neutron scattering user community in the world, with close to 10,000 users. The community has been fostered by European actions federating national initiatives which have made Europe host to an ecosystem of large-scale facilities offering the experimental techniques necessary for research. Historically, it has been the physics community that has developed neutron scattering facilities but over time other science communities (chemistry, biology, engineering, etc.) have started to take advantage of the possibilities the techniques offer. The neutron scattering user community for the most part stems from academia with only a small fraction coming from industry. One of the challenges of Horizon2020 is to better exploit the innovation potential of research infrastructures by integrating a broader user base, including industry-based scientists.

“The SINE2020 grant supports the construction of ESS, widens the facility’s scientific scope and improves its future usability for academia and industry . As a collaborative project it integrates partners, users and industry alike,” says Arno Hiess, head of the Scientific Activities Division at ESS.

SINE2020, world class Science and Innovation with Neutrons in Europe for 2020, aims at providing services that support the ecosystem of neutron research infrastructures in order to integrate new users not only from the scientific and innovation communities, but those from industry as well. The main objectives of SINE2020 are to prepare Europe for the unique opportunities that the European Spallation Source (ESS), as an ESFRI Roadmap facility, will offer, and to develop the innovation potential of neutron scattering at large-scale facilities.

This will be achieved by developing new and improved services through a holistic approach, including outreach, samples, instrumentation and software. Activities under SINE2020 will develop synergies and complementary solutions to support the integration of ESS into the European neutron community, and will provide the foundation for direct collaborations with industry.

“A focus is placed on industry in particular by adopting a common approach in services such as, for example, a consistent work flow of software tools for the production of scientific results. Such developments will make facilities more accessible by providing a common framework, which integrates industry and allows for research results to be better exploited and applied,” says Mark Johnson, Group Leader for Scientific Computing at Institut Laue-Langevin