• In-kind agreements bring collaborator contracts to ESS host country
    Lund in-kind team and representatives of ESS by the NMX scientific cave (credit: Ulrika Hammarlund/ESS)

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In-kind agreements bring collaborator contracts to ESS host country

Feb 15 2023

As one of the two European Spellation Source (ESS) host countries together with Denmark, Sweden has now officially become part of the ESS in-kind community with a number of contracts agreed under the Initial Operations funding phase.

During a launch ceremony held at the ESS premises in Lund, staff from ESS were joined by representatives from Lund University, Uppsala University, the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and the Swedish Research Council, to mark the start of this collaboration. Presentations of the projects covered by the contract which amounts to the value of 2.2MEUR were followed by a tour of the ESS facility.

Four projects are covered by the agreement, all focusing on the neutron instruments and support facilities that will serve the ESS science programme:

  • Deuteration Laboratory Services
  • ODIN Hot Commissioning Scientis
  • NMX Scientist Secondments
  • Polarisation technologies

Giovanna Fragneto, ESS Director for Science, is looking forward to fruitful collaborations:“It is with pleasure that we finalise these contracts with Lund University, a very important collaborator for ESS. Combining our different expertise, we will create excellent experimental possibilities at ESS. These projects are also a great opportunity to strengthen the local and regional neutron science community, and create mutual benefits for LU and ESS.”

“We are very pleased to see these in-kind contracts in place”, said Viktor Öwall, Pro Vice-Chancellor at Lund University. “We are looking forward to deepening our collaboration with ESS, by getting more engaged in the technical development around the scientific instruments. This engagement constitutes a natural bridge between science using neutrons, development of instrumentation and lab services, and will also create an environment where students can play a part in the exciting developments at ESS.”

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