As part of its contribution toward the delivery of the European Spallation Source, the EU sponsored a three-year, €20 million project through its Horizon2020 framework programme. As the project winds down, the 18 BrightnESS partners took the opportunity to highlight the substantial impact their work has had not only in delivering ESS but on European neutron science generally.
BRUSSELS - The achievements of the EU-funded project, BrightnESS, were celebrated during a closing conference in Brussels last Friday, June 22, at the Royal Flemish Academy of Sciences and Arts. More than 130 participants from the project’s 18 consortium partners, the European Commission, the European Spallation Source (ESS), and the broader European scientific and research infrastructure community participated in the event.
The consortium, which includes partners from 11 European countries (Hungary participated with Budapest Neutron Centre (with Wigner Research Institute for Physics and Centre for Energy Research), received nearly €20 million from the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020, for their Building a Research Infrastructure and Synergies for Highest Scientific Impact on ESS (BrightnESS) proposal. The objective of the BrightnESS project, which began in 2015, has been to implement activities to mitigate technological and organisational risks relative to the delivery of ESS.
“We take great satisfaction in the fact that BrightnESS has had an impact on ESS,” said Philippe Froissard, the European Commission’s Deputy Head of the Research Infrastructure Unit at DG Research and Innovation, who opened the conference. “Following ESFRI’s [the EC’s European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures] prioritization of ESS in 2014, the Commission awarded the €20 million grant to mitigate the risks facing ESS at the time. We look forward to supporting ESS in the continuing process of gaining long-term sustainability.”