About LENS

Goals and Objectives

The League of advanced European Neutron Sources (LENS) has the not-for-profit purpose of promoting the cooperation and projects between European-level neutron infrastructure providers that offer a transnational user programme. The individual members remain independent but together through LENS join forces to support and strengthen European neutron science by creating an effective, collaborating eco-system of neutron facilities.

LENS places emphasis on the relationship between user communities and funding organisations, continuous improvement of source facilities, optimising resources between and aligning policies among partners – all to ensure excellence to the communities they serve.

The members commit to:

  • Engaging in the common promotion of neutron science, with the objective of establishing neutron science as a brand recognized by all the stakeholders, and highlighting the scientific, societal or socio-economic impact of neutron science;
  • Coordinating their exchanges with national and European organizations and stakeholders (including users and funders), with the objective of contributing to the shaping of future policies;
  • Coordinating technical development strategies in order to profit best from collective expertise and avoid duplication of efforts, with a view to addressing the scientific and societal challenges of the future in the most efficient manner;
  • Joining efforts in expanding existing and supporting new user communities both by topic and geographical origin, with the objective of strengthening Europe’s neutron expertise;
  • Concerting on access, based on the principles of the European Charter for Access to Research Infrastructures [1] with an emphasis on standardization for improved user experience;
  • Achieving greater coherence in the development of data policy, data-handling, -storage, -analysis, -access along FAIR [2] principles, and promoting Open Science [3] while protecting intellectual property rights, with the objective of facilitating the exchange and use of neutron research data over a broad range of scientific areas;
  • Coordinating training activities and enhancing staff qualifications by facilitating staff mobility, with the objective of facilitating international career paths and developing skills in neutron science and neutron technologies;
  • Facilitating industrial access and collaboration, with the objective of fostering innovation within the European Research Area.

[1] https://ec.europa.eu/research/infrastructures/pdf/2016_charterforaccessto-ris.pdf

[2] https://www.nature.com/articles/sdata201618

[3] https://ec.europa.eu/research/openscience/index.cfm