The League of advanced European Neutron Sources, LENS, is a not-for-profit consortium working to promote cooperation between European-level neutron infrastructure providers offering transnational user programmes to external researchers.
Neutron Science in Europe
In Europe exists a world-leading network of international and national neutron sources serving a scientific community of more than 5,000 researchers with over 32,000 instrument days per year. Nine of these form a strategic consortium with the aim of strengthening European neutron science by enhancing collaboration among the 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. Read more about LENS.
Recent News & Events
- LENS Colloquium marks a turning point in the terms of engagement between European scientists and policy makersLENS held a science and policy colloquium on February 11 highlighting how neutrons contribute to mission-based research. The meeting was held in Brussels and brought together members of Europe’s neutron science community, several European Commission representatives, and representatives from LEAPS.
- University executives from across Canada met with Canada's Chief Science Advisor Mona Nemer and other neutron science stakeholders—including from LENS, ESS and ILL—in Ottawa on 29 January to discuss how to establish a new, pan-Canadian, university-led organisation for materials research with neutron beams.
- Please join LENS for our February 11th LENS Colloquium: How neutrons contribute to mission-based research. The event will feature neutron scientists, LENS facility directors and EC decision-makers in an intimate forum intended to facilitate the exchange of up-to-date knowledge and activities.
- With close of research reactors, landscape is shifting for Europe’s world-leading neutron science communityThree neutron science research reactors in Europe have ceased operations in 2019. The League of advanced European Neutron Sources, LENS, and the European Neutron Scattering Association, ENSA, warn of a “neutron gap” that could impact scientific research across multiple fields in physics, materials science, chemistry, biology, medical science and engineering.
- The League of advanced European Neutron Sources (LENS) held its General Assembly at Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) yesterday, preceded on Tuesday by meetings of its five working groups and the LENS Executive Board.