Opportunities for UK Industry at the ESS Event

Tuesday 22 November 2016
STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and RACE, Culham Science Centre

From left to right: Gareth Aspinall, Meredith Shirey, Magnus Gohran, Justin Greenhalgh, Julie Bellingham and Kevin Jones.
(Credit: STFC)

STFC, in conjunction with BrightnESS and RACE, recently held an event focused on how UK industry can engage with the European Spallation Source (ESS). Once constructed, in Lund, Sweden, the ESS will be a multi-disciplinary research centre based on the world’s most powerful neutron source. The UK is a partner in the construction, alongside 15 other European countries, and has committed significant funding for construction.

The event at STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) was well attended with over 100 delegates from ~75 organisations present. In the morning, delegates heard a series of presentations from key ESS and STFC staff introducing the ESS and the UK’s involvement, and detailing the opportunities for UK industry to get involved.

After a lively lunch with plenty of discussion, delegates had a choice of two different afternoon sessions; some delegates remained at RAL for further networking and a visit to ISIS, while others headed to RACE at Culham Science Centre for a session focused on the active cells work package. The active cells work package is part of the UK’s in-kind contribution and is led by RACE. Here they heard presentations by RACE staff and had opportunities to tour RACE and JET and have 1-2-1 meetings with RACE staff.

All presentations from the day are available below:

Science and Technology Facilities Council Switchboard: 01793 442000