European neutron facilities come together for LENS General Assembly
24 OCT 2019
GRENOBLE—The League of advanced European Neutron Sources (LENS) held its second General Assembly at Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) yesterday, preceded on Tuesday by meetings of its five working groups and the LENS Executive Board. The meetings brought the consortium’s operational working groups together with the leaders of the LENS member facilities to advance priority actions for the organisation in the months to come.
The all-hands meetings allowed the working groups, which are made up of individuals spread across the nine member facilities of LENS, to present their work-in-progress for the first time to the organisation as a whole.
“The meeting was very positive, and highly productive,” said LENS Chair Helmut Schober, who is director of ILL. “We have been able to reach consensus on many open issues and this provides us the basis for moving forward with the promising work that was presented here this week.”
The LENS working groups are exploring everything from funding strategies and user access policies to the collaborative development of new technologies and data management protocols. The overall objective of the work is to foster an effective working relationship among large-scale European neutron science facilities.
Click to enlarge. All photos courtesy Serge Claisse/ILL
“For a new organisation like LENS to be relevant it must promote the interests of all of its members in a coherent and strategic fashion. This week’s meeting has reinforced the operational basis of our collaboration to maintain Europe’s global leadership position in neutron science,” said LENS Vice Chair Robert McGreevy, director of the UK’s ISIS Neutron and Muon Source.
The meeting delegates also heard from Chair of the European Neutron Scattering Association (ENSA) Christiane Alba-Simionesco, who reviewed a number of initiatives being pursued by the organisation. ENSA represents the neutron science user community, and counts 7,000 registered members across 21 European countries.
In her remarks, Alba-Simionesco emphasised that coordination between ENSA and LENS will be an essential component in promoting and strengthening the fundamental role that scientific research with neutrons plays in enabling European research and innovation.
The LENS working groups include participants from all nine founding members of LENS:
Budapest Neutron Centre (BNC), Hungary
European Spallation Source (ESS), Sweden
Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ), Germany
Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ), Germany
Institute for Energy Technology (IFE), Norway
Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL), France
ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, UK
Laboratoire Léon Brillouin (LLB), France
Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI), Switzerland
LENS is supported by:
BrightnESS2 is funded by the European Union Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020, under grant agreement 823867
- The ESFRI Roadmap for Research Infrastructures in Europe has influenced European and national strategies, policies and funding since the first edition was launched in 2006. The latest roadmap, published on 7 December 2021, recognises the important role of the LENS Initiative in bringing together European analytical facilities to "identify synergies and opportunities for closer collaboration" and "improve the cooperation of various communities and enhance user facilities".
- The first call for applicants for the GNeuS fellowship programme is open from 1 November 2021 until 15 January 2022.
- In the context of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), LENS has compiled a variety of resources demonstrating how neutron scattering methods are being applied in energy, materials, and environment research, to help reduce our impact on the global climate.