Christian Vettier, ESS, receives Royal Swedish Order of the Polar Star

Christian Vettier, Senior Advisor at European Spallation Source, today receives the Royal Swedish Order of the Polar Star for his contributions to the ESS project.

Christian Vettier is today receiving the honour of Commander, first class, of the Order of the Polar Star by Ambassador Gunnar Lund. The ceremony will take place at the Swedish Embassy in Paris tonight. From 2007 to 2010, Vettier was the Science Director at ESS Scandinavia, who led the Scandinavian initiative to build the research facility ESS in Sweden.

The motivation of the Swedish Government reads as follows: “Vettier has played a very important role for ESS Lund. He has built credibility for the project and he has actively contributed to informing decision-makers around Europe of ESS Lund.”

- This is a very proud moment for me personally but also for the ESS project, says Christian Vettier. I feel that scientists can contribute to important decisions and that they should play an active role in building up long term strategies for science infrastructures.

- I want to direct my heartfelt congratulations to Christian Vettier for this fine distinction. The award is yet another recognition of the scientific excellence that he has brought to the ESS project and the invaluable contribution he has made, says Colin Carlile, ESS Director-General.

Besides his current assignment as Senior Advisor to the ESS Director-General, Christian Vettier has taken on responsibilities in scientific projects at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, ESRF, in Grenoble. He was formerly the Scientific Director at the Institut Laue-Langevin, also in Grenoble.

The Royal Swedish Order of the Polar Star was instituted in 1748 by King Frederic I. Today it is only awarded to non-Swedish citizens and to members of the Royal Court, who have made personal efforts for Sweden or for Swedish interests.


For more information, please contact:

Colin Carlile, ESS AB Director. E-mail, Tel. 46-(0)46-222 83 02

Marianne Ekdahl, Communications Officer Press & Politics. E-mail, Tel. 46-(0)46-222 83 89



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