Since the beginning, ESS has had a very strong sustainability focus, aiming to become one of the most environmentally sustainable research infrastructures worldwide. We decided even before the construction of the facility started in 2014 to use BREEAM as a backbone for our sustainability requirements. The Outstanding rating is proof that all our efforts and hard work, together with our partners, to build the facility in a sustainable way have been successful.
To reach the Outstanding level requires a long-term thinking and lot of effort from everyone involved, from designers and management to procurement and subcontractors, in order to handle every aspect in a sustainable way, such as waste management, transport and energy use. We are proud to see that this extraordinary teamwork has borne fruit, and believe that ESS will be used as a reference for sustainable building in the future.
I am happy that the ESS Council has appointed Professor Helmut Schober as the next Director General of ESS. Helmut Schober has a long-standing experience as neutron scientist and a deep knowledge in leading a European scientific facility. He will lead ESS in the transition from a construction site into an international leading research facility.
I am honoured to be appointed ESS Director General. ESS will be an absolutely necessary building block for preserving Europe’s long-standing, global leadership in neutron science. Its unprecedented capabilities will enable unique scientific insight into materials that will contribute to solving many of the pressing challenges our society is facing. Together with the ESS staff and our partners I will deploy all my energy to deliver a vibrant facility at the earliest possible date.
The delivery of the Monolith vessel demonstrates yet again the long-standing Spanish commitment to this world-leading research infrastructure in Europe. Spain has, through ESS Bilbao and in collaboration with our team here in Lund, delivered another key technical contribution, and more will follow - allowing ESS to advance science so that future generations can thrive.
Spain’s membership in ESS, the world’s most powerful neutron source, is fundamental for our country as a science nation, especially benefitting Spanish researchers and industrial suppliers. The shipment of the Monolith vessel marks a major milestone in the ESS project and I am very proud of the teams at ESS Bilbao and ESS, and wish to thank our industrial partners AVS for the engineering and Cadinox for the manufacturing.
The Monolith vessel is the result of several years of close collaboration with the competent and committed team at ESS Bilbao. Despite technical challenges and the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, our partners in Spain have managed to deliver this advanced technical component, vital for the facility.
We have achieved this huge milestone after more than five years of hard work, and can today finally see the Monolith vessel on the ESS construction site. This has been an engineering challenge in terms of design, manufacturing, quality control, testing and logistics that has now been successfully completed.
The joint ESS-ILL User meeting is a unique opportunity to interact with the European neutron user community before ESS starts operation. We are building ESS with the scientists - for the scientists, enabling European users to maintain their leading position in neutron research.
While ESS progresses towards the start of its user programme, the ILL is delivering science, innovation, and cutting-edge capability based on its own upgrade programme. It is essential that we move ahead together, with our users, and the user meeting is an ideal opportunity. We will explore how the science we do today feeds in to the science of tomorrow.
Denmark is proud to host ESS, and its Data Management and Software Center in Copenhagen, which will provide high-performance computing for the scientific community. Collaboration and synergies between ESS and the Danish research community will facilitate the integration of the DMSC into our research and innovation ecosystem. Hosting ESS will benefit Danish science and industry and enable Denmark to maintain its strong position within research fields such as magnetism and life science.
As host country, Denmark plays an essential role for ESS and on behalf of all the 13 member countries I congratulate on this important milestone for ESS as a whole. On a personal note, as a former head of neutron scattering at the now closed research facility DR3 at Risø, it’s a great pleasure to see an important part of ESS on Danish soil.
The DMSC design focuses on reliability, scalability and efficiency. We provide a resilient data centre infrastructure, which is crucial to ensure that the researchers using the instrument stations at ESS can carry out their experiments without interruption in their pursuit of scientific breakthroughs.
The handover of the Long Instrument Hall is an important milestone on the path to deliver first science at ESS in 2023. We have moved from construction of the building to the first installations of scientific equipment, working closely with our partners in the member countries who are constructing most of this instrumentation. Together we are strongly determined to make ESS a landmark of European science.”
Together with our in-kind partners throughout Europe we are committed to deliver 15 neutron instruments that will enable outstanding scientific results. We have been working on the ESS instrument suite for many years, and several years of hard work lie ahead of us before completion, but this is a huge leap forward.
For me personally this is a very special moment, as before joining ESS I participated in the development of the engineering instrument BEER, that will be located in this very hall. Standing here today I envisage the Experimental Halls at ESS filled with state-of-the-art instruments and top scientists, delivering world-class research.
France is a leading scientific nation with great experience building and hosting large research infrastructures, and a vital and strongly committed member of ESS. The RFQ delivered from our partner CEA-IRFU is proof of the unique scientific and technological capabilities of French national research institutes and industry.
ESS is of great importance for France as a member country with one of the largest neutron user communities in Europe. CEA-IRFU is very proud to contribute at a high level to the construction of the world’s most powerful neutron source with strong involvement in the construction of the superconducting Linac, the RFQ and the beam diagnostics. The delivery of the RFQ is an important milestone, result of a collaborative effort with French industry.
IRFU is one of the world leaders in RFQ design and production, so it was natural for us to set up a partnership with them. Over the years we have overcome many challenges and I am extremely satisfied to see this technical masterwork delivered at ESS today.
The RFQ is made of five sections of four brazed poles in ultra-pure copper and stainless steel of about one metre each machined with a mechanical precision of a few tens of micrometres. The realisation of the quadrupoles took more than three years, involving more than 15 people in close collaboration with the industrial company Mecachrome.
The start of the construction of the ESS Campus is an important milestone on the road to completion of this unique research infrastructure, that will help to address some of the big societal challenges of our time. The ESS Campus will be the most public part of the site and we have focused on optimising the full experience for staff and visitors.
Our aim is to create a pleasant and stimulating environment at the ESS Campus, to facilitate the scientists’ research and contribute to scientific breakthroughs. In collaboration with Skanska, we work on meeting our high standards for the future buildings.
We are honoured to welcome the Italian President and Their Majesties to ESS today. ESS is a European research facility that will be world-leading of its kind, of which Italy is a committed member country, and a good example of Italy’s long-standing commitment to European collaboration within science and technology. Italy and Sweden, together with the other member countries, work to ensure that ESS will be a world-class research and innovation centre for scientists from all over the world.
ESS is a European flagship for science and innovation, built upon critical contributions from partners all over Europe. The commissioning of the Ion source is a key milestone for the project and demonstrates the excellent collaboration with our Italian in-kind partner INFN-LNS, who have delivered a technological masterpiece to ESS.
Thanks to its expertise and experience, INFN, with effective teamwork led by the Southern National Laboratories, has brought a contribution of excellence to ESS. The advanced technologies necessary for the realisation of the Ion source and LEBT constitute an innovation opportunity in frontier physics research where the Italian industry involved in the project delivered once again.
We are proud to be able to show ESS to the Security Council. We talked about technological development and global challenges, and how research and innovation can be used to meet today’s problems and crises
We’re honoured and pleased to host the UN Security Council today. ESS is a great example of international collaboration, with European nations pooling their resources to build the facility and staff members from no less than 50 countries. But ESS is more than just a symbol of cooperation – this visit emphasises the key role that scientific and technical innovation must play in helping to addressing the world’s pressing challenges, from energy sustainability to healthcare to better use of materials.”
We aim to set a new standard for big science facilities, and recycling our waste heat is key to that. E.ON will be an excellent partner for ESS as we seek to become one of the most environmentally sustainable research centres in the world.
E.ON has been involved in the process of developing the ESS energy management concept, and we have an exciting development work ahead of us regarding this energy solution.
IPAC is the showcase for the breath-taking progress in the field of Accelerator Science and Technology worldwide bringing together more than 300 representatives from companies, laboratories and universities. This provides a unique occasion for an exciting and fruitful exchange of ideas between industry and research institutes, across countries and domains, among younger and more experienced colleagues.
Accelerators are tools for discovery, as recently shown by CERN with the discovery of the Higgs particle. IPAC is the ideal meeting place for top scientists, engineers and industry keen to explore possible ways to improve the discovery potential of these fantastic machines.
I was delighted to visit the construction site of the European Spallation Source and to learn more about this impressive facility. The complexity of this important research project means we have much to gain from working together. I look forward to the results of continued collaboration between Canadian and Swedish innovators and researchers.
Canada is an important collaboration partner for Sweden and we hope through this state visit to increase our collaboration within research and innovation. As host country for ESS, Sweden welcomes international partners in this global research infrastructure project.
Both Sweden and Canada recognise the importance of sustained investment in the research infrastructures that are needed if we are to make progress on the key cross-cutting challenges of the 21st century, such as energy, materials, and healthcare. ESS is an excellent example of such an investment and we hope that it can help to foster a deeper collaborative relationship between Swedish and Canadian scientists in the coming decade.
With the support of EIB, NIB and SEK through this financing we can keep up the quick pace in the construction of the world's most advanced research facility based on neutrons. It is important for ESS to ensure liquidity in order to meet the project costs and avoid costly delays.
Supporting a European research infrastructure which will facilitate scientific cooperation between European countries makes perfect sense for EIB. Furthermore, the ESS’ unique, cutting edge research capacity creates significant and exciting new opportunities in the fields of life sciences, energy and environmental technology, which are also priority objectives of the EIB.
ESS will be one of the largest materials research centres in Europe, one that is based on collaboration and knowledge management in the region. The financing from NIB contributes to making this multi-disciplinary facility an important hub for Nordic research and innovation.
The DMSC will provide the analysis and modelling software that will help the users of ESS turn data into scientific results and innovation. We are already very active in providing data analysis software for neutron scattering, collaborating on projects with our partners in the UK, France, Germany, USA and, of course, Denmark.
The DMSC is a vital part of ESS which will provide new and unprecedented possibilities for the researchers to generate novel scientific results from the data generated in the experiments at ESS.
It makes me extremely proud to be the Minister for Higher Education and Science, when I see this amazing international knowledge hub - ESS’ Data Management and Software Centre - being built in Copenhagen. It also makes me proud as a European to see ESS being built together, across borders, in Europe.
I’m excited to join ESS. It’s one of Europe’s largest and most visible new research projects. Scientists, staff, partner institutions and countries across Europe have come together to build what will be the world's leading neutron source for research on materials and life sciences. The impressive progress at ESS can be seen in the construction site in Lund and I am determined to keep up the momentum.
John has great experience as a scientist, a leader of large research infrastructure organisations, and is also a key person in the development of the European Research Area (ERA. All the Member countries are convinced this is a great match and he will continue the excellent work of Jim Yeck to lead the construction and delivery of a world leading facility to scientists for breakthroughs in science.
I am pleased to hand over the organisation to John. His experience, skills and enthusiasm make him the right person to lead ESS during construction and into operations.
ESS takes safety very seriously and we will follow SSM's instructions to the letter. This application is far more extensive than the first and provides SSM with a good basis to make a decision.
The ESS project is under a tight time schedule, and to maintain our planned completion goals it's important that we've delivered such a thorough application to SSM. We have a good dialogue with SSM, which is essential for a licensing process consisting of several steps like this one, where many different safety aspects must be taken into account.
'The ESS project already enhances the innovation and the competitiveness of the European research area. Its multidisciplinary research facility is an excellent example of how European nations can improve neutron research conditions and scientific results by working together.
Investing in ESS is investing in the future. The support for the construction of ESS from several European countries demonstrates collaboration and long-term commitment, despite difficult economic times. I am proud that a small country like Sweden can make such a large investment.
“The European Spallation Source is one of the most impressive European Research Infrastructures and has obtained the prestigious ERIC status”
“Now we launch a new phase of the pan-European Partnership that is ESS, with an emphasis on the shared ownership of the project and the facility,”
“The European Commission’s approval of ESS as an ERIC is a major milestone for the project. This decision establishes ESS as an international organisation with legal standing in all the Member Countries, and provides the framework for completing the project in collaboration with our partners in those countries.”