European Spallation Source (ESS): Challenges and opportunities for Nordic Research and Innovation (7th December, Copenhagen)

By | October 26, 2015

PDF Version available here: Invitation Nordic ESS-konference 7th December (PDF)



Nordic conference: Scandic Hotel, Vester Søgade, Copenhagen, 7th December 2015 9.30 – 16.00

The European Spallation Source (ESS) is presently under construction in Lund, with ESS Data Management and Software Center located in Copenhagen. The facility will provide unprecedented neutron scattering capabilities, promising a great boost in science, technology and innovation within materials and biosystems. Constituting the host region, the Nordic countries are in a position to take maximal advantage of the scientific and industrial possibilities opening in relation to ESS.

The conference invites representatives from the Nordic education and research ministries, research councils and funding agencies, universities as well as industrial organization to discuss long-term scientific and industrial opportunities and collaborative possibilities in relation to ESS.

The conference is organized by The Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation (DASTI) in collaboration with NordForsk as part of the Danish presidency in the Nordic Council of Ministers 2015. The conference will also celebrate the kick-off for the newly established Nordic Neutron Research Program (NNRP).

Registration is now open! Register by mail to

Link to conference webpage:

Nordic ESS-conference

Link to conference hotel: Scandic Copenhagen

OBS The conference is free of charge – limited number of seats!


Preliminary program (to be updated)


Coffee from 09.30


10.00 Welcome DK-presidency

Session I: Scientific potentials

10.15-10.45 Key note: ESS and the grand challenges Science director Dimitri Argyriou, ESS


10.45-11.15 Showcases from the Nordic region:

Aleksandar Matic, Chalmers

Reidar Lund, University of Oslo

Esko Oksanen, ESS


Comments and discussions

Session II: Nordic collaborations

11.15 – 12. 00 New Nordic initiatives

Nordic Neutron Research Program Fredrik Melander, DASTI

ESS & MAX IV: Cross Border Science and Society Sine Larsen, UCPH

Comments from:

An international perspective: TBC

A facility perspective: Marie-Louise Ainalem, ESS

A university perspective: TBC





13.00 – 13.45 Panel discussion: ESS and the potentials for Nordic collaboration


Chair: Robert Feidenhansl, University of Copenhagen

A research council perspective: Representatives from Swedish Research Council and Research Council Norway

A university perspective: Vice-rector Stacy Sörensen, Lund University, Dean Svein Stølen, University of Oslo

Additional participants from Nordic universities and Nordic organizations


Session III: Long term industrial potentials


14.00 – 14.30 Key note ESS: Industrial perspectives and potentials Novo Nordisk

14.30 – 15.15 Panel discussion: How to support growth in relation to ESS?

Chair: TBC

Peter Eriksson, Vinnova

Additional participants to be confirmed

15.15-16.00 Industry support systems: examples

I. Industry portals – 3D Imaging Center at DTU

II. Collidial Resource, v. Anna Stenstam,. CR Competence AB

III. Big Science, v. BSS

Comments and discussions


Conclusions and next steps DK-presidency