The European Spallation Source (ESS)

The European Spallation Source (ESS) will be a multi-disciplinary research centre based on the world’s most powerful neutron source. UK-ESS is the UK’s contribution to the project. Once constructed, in Lund, Sweden, it will provide new opportunities for researchers in a broad range of scientific areas including life sciences, energy, environmental technology, cultural heritage and fundamental physics.

Based on the same principle as ISIS the UK’s neutron source, the ESS will be an accelerator-based facility producing neutrons for a large array of advanced instruments. It is one of Europe’s largest scientific projects. Construction started in July 2014, aiming at the source producing first neutrons around 2020.

The UK will be a partner in construction of the ESS alongside around 16 other European countries, and has committed significant funding for construction. ISIS and ESS have an extensive programme of technical collaboration ranging from accelerator diagnostics to data analysis and instrumentation, following the signing of a memorandum of understanding in early 2014. STFC’s Technology Department is also involved in ESS work packages, as is the Accelerator Technology Centre (ASTeC).

STFC is managing the UK contribution to the ESS, which includes in-kind contributions to ESS construction. The UK-ESS contribution is described more fully here.

There will be opportunities for UK companies to bid for tenders related to ESS work. Please follow this link for further information.

A meeting was held on 3 December 2014 for UK universities and industry to discuss the UK’s involvement with the ESS. The talks from this meeting are available below.

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