LENS Position Papers

LENS Position Papers

LENS and the fight against Covid-19: How neutrons will contribute

27 March 2020

On 26 October 1895 Louis Pasteur announced to the National Academy of Science in Paris the first successful vaccination of a 9-year-old boy infected with rabies, a viral disease that up to then was considered unavoidably fatal. Viral diseases continue to haunt humanity, as demonstrated by the current pandemic of Covid-19 that, as we write, has killed tens of thousands, is straining our health systems dangerously...

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Making it happen: Placing Analytical Research Infrastructures at the heart of the Green Deal

10 February 2020

Decoupling economic growth from (non-renewable) resource use and negative environmental impact, in order to guarantee the long-term viability of a fair and prosperous society, is a goal that should be universally welcomed. For this reason, the scientific community enthusiastically supports the European Green Deal for the European Union and its citizens, which puts Europe in a leading position in the design of tomorrow’s society...

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LENS Position Paper on BATTERY 2030+

20 January 2020

As the BATTERY 2030+ Roadmap makes abundantly clear, the strategic use of large-scale European analytical facilities will play a critical role in realising the roadmap and especially the Battery Interface/Interphase Genome and Materials Acceleration Platform (BIG-MAP) research area. The neutron and photon facilities represented by the pan-European LENS and LEAPS initiatives are specifically singled out in this respect. With this paper, LENS wishes to clearly support the proposed strategy...

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LENS in the context of Horizon Europe

20 September 2019

The innovation that gives rise to new and improved materials—from tissue scaffolds that support surgical reconstructions to wire cables that support suspension bridges—underpins many of the Pillar II clusters of the Horizon Europe programme, including health, industry, energy and food. This materials development is itself underpinned by the network of technical capabilities and human skills in the universities and research institutions that comprise the European Research Area...

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