The 2020 LENS Colloquium: How neutrons contribute to mission-based research
24 JAN 2020
Register now for the 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.
The League of advanced European Neutrons Sources and BrightnESS² are pleased to invite you to the 2020 LENS Colloquium: How neutrons contribute to mission-based research. The event will be held on Tuesday, the 11th of February, in the magnificent reading room of the Bibliothèque Solvay in Brussels. The afternoon colloquium will be held in advance of the following day’s BrightnESS² Annual Meeting and General Assembly. The programs for both events are available on the event’s Indico page: https://indico.esss.lu.se/event/1347/.
The short talks will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by the Commission’s Adam Tyson. Joining for the panel discussion will be Allan Larsson, a member of the Horizon Europe Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities Mission Board, and the former Swedish Chief Negotiator for ESS and former Swedish Finance Minister. The programme closes out with a dinner at 19:00.
The purpose of the colloquium is to showcase for LENS stakeholders the vital scientific contributions that research with neutrons will make in support of von der Leyen Commission’s Green Deal and the European Commission’s proposed €100 billion framework programme, Horizon Europe.
Anna Panagopoulou: Acting Director, Research & Innovation Outreach, DG RTD, European Commission
Research Using Neutrons: from Quantum Computers via Cell Membranes to Cancer Treatment
Helmut Schober: Chair of LENS; Director, ILL
The Game Changer for Energy Storage: BATTERY 2030+
Kristina Edström: Project Coordinator, BATTERY 2030+; Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, Uppsala University
Neutrons and Human Health: from Anticancer Drugs to Bone Analysis
Maria Paula M. Marques: Molecular Physical-Chemistry R&D Group, Universidade de Coimbra, recipient of 2019 ISIS Neutron & Muon Source Society Impact Award
Neutron Scattering for Sustainable Food Production
Wim Bouwman: Assoc. Prof. of Neutron and Positron Methods in Materials, Department of Radiation Science and Technology, Delft University of Technology
Moderator, panel discussion
Adam Tyson: Head of Research and Industrial Infrastructures, DG RTD, European Commission
Convener and panelist
John Womersley: Director General, ESS; member of EOSC Executive Board
Allan Larsson: member of the Horizon Europe Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities Mission Board; former Swedish Chief Negotiator for ESS; former Swedish Finance Minister
Horizon Europe differs from all previous framework programmes by being mission-based. The Commission has defined five mission research areas, which will soon be refined into highly specific missions to be achieved within the constraints of the programme. The LENS Colloquium will bring together neutron scientists, LENS facility directors and Commission decision-makers in an intimate forum intended to facilitate the exchange of up-to-date knowledge and activities.
The LENS consortium was formed in 2018 to strengthen the position of European neutron science by building a collaborating ecosystem of neutron facilities. LENS is primarily an operational organisation, and has five active working groups investigating both strategic and technical synergies across its nine member facilities. As part of this work, LENS is coordinating the stance of large-scale neutron facilities relative to Horizon Europe.
We very much look forward to welcoming you in Brussels!
BrightnESS2 is funded by the European Union Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020, under grant agreement 823867
Photos, clockwise from top left: courtesy of Anna Panagopoulou, STFC, BATTERY 2030+, courtesy of Wim Bouwman, courtesy of Adam Tyson, ILL, ESS, courtesy of Allan Larsson.
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