Study trip to Lund

EUSJA has confirmed for its members the study trip to the European Spallation Source (ESS) from April 3 to 5. ESS is a multi-disciplinary research facility based on the world’s most powerful neutron source, now under construction in Lund, Sweden. ESS will enable unprecedented world leading research using neutrons, providing new scientific opportunities in a wide range of research fields, including life sciences, energy, environmental technology, cultural heritage and fundamental physics. EUSJA members will now get the possibility to visit ESS and the construction site. There will be guided tour of the site and labs. Journalists will meet Director General of ESS and a number of high-level representatives from the organisation who will present their respective fields (science, accelerator + target station etc) and reply the questions.

We have 20 slots that are covering free accommodation for 2 nights in a hotel in Lund, meals and transfers to the venue and back to the hotel. According our rules the participants have to take care of their travel charges. The applications (name, association, media and a short description of it, e-mail, mobile) should be sent via national association by February 28, 2018. 

Please address your national association. The detailed programme of the study trip will be announced later.

About ESS

ESS is a European collaboration project, withcurrently 15 member- and observer countries in the European Spallation Source ERIC.ESS has 427 employees, representing 50 nationalities.

ESS will open for researchers in 2023, and once in operations some 3,000 researchers annually are expected to do experiments at the facility.

The facility is being built in Lund, Sweden, with the Data Management and Software Centre (DMSC) located in Copenhagen, Denmark. The construction project is doing good progress and was in December 2017 more than 40% complete. Installations are well underway in the facility and in 2018 major installations of technical equipment will commence inside the accelerator tunnel, including the ion source.

ESS will provide up to 100 times brighter neutron beams for science than existing neutronsources, thanks to the development of state-of-the-art technologies. The facility will host the world’s most powerful linear accelerator and the Target station usesnew innovative technology which will ensure unprecedented neutron scattering performance. The instruments are being developed in collaboration with research institutes all over Europe to enablefaster and more complex experiments.

The member countries mainly contribute to the ESS construction through in-kind contributions, that is with equipment and manpower. During this visit we will learn more about ESS’ unique in-kind contribution model, which involves over 40 European partner institutes participating in the construction of ESSand more than 100 collaborating institutions worldwide.

ESS in Lund will be the world’s first completely sustainable large-scale research centre, and the primary tool for this is the ESS energy concept, which includes using energy from renewable sources and distributing excess heat in the local district heating system.

The participants of EUSJA study trip will also learn more about how DMSC will handle and storethe big science data generated at ESS, as well as about the possibility for virtual experiments. During the construction phase DMSC is working on developing software and hardware for the control, analysis, and visualization of the experiments at ESS.

Photo credit: ESS

About Viola Egikova

Viola Egikova - science journalist based in Moscow, president of Intellect, former Vice-President of the European Union of Science Journalists' Associations, Programme Coordinator of All Russia Science Festival