An important step has been taken on the way to building the world’s most powerful neutron source-ESS-European Spallation Source-in Scania, the southern Swedish province. To strengthen international contacts, not least with the business community, a collaborative group has been established, including members from the Nordic countries and several research financiers. The group will be called ESS Innovation Forum.
A European research facility like ESS would be a key tool in strategic areas such as energy and nanotechnology. Similar commitments are being made in the US and Japan. Europe, which is the present world leader in research based on neutrons, will lose its top position when the American and Japanese facilities come on steam in a couple of years.
“Locating the source in Lund would not only help sustain the position of leadership, but also boost Sweden’s competitiveness in fields like, medicine, environment, communication, and foodstuffs. There are many profile areas for Sweden, both in existent businesses and in the potential for new industries,” says Karin Markides, vice director-general of VINNOVA, the Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems.
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