European Spallation Source (ESS): Challenges and opportunities for Nordic Research and Innovation!

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

  1. 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