Danish Support for Sweden’s Candidacy to Become ESS Host

The Danish Government has decided to officially and actively support the Swedish candidacy to become host for the international research infrastructure European Spallation Source (ESS). Denmark is the first country to initiate negotiations with one of the three candidates competing to host the ESS: Lund in Sweden, Bilbao in Spain and Debrecen in Hungary.
 Danish Support for Sweden’s Candidacy to Become ESS Host
“We are delighted that our Danish friends have decided to support Sweden’s efforts in obtaining the ESS”, says Sweden’s Minister for Higher Education and Research, Lars Leijonborg in a press release from the Swedish Ministry for Higher Education and Research. “A broader Nordic support increases Lund’s chances of becoming ESS’ host.”

“The strong support from Denmark for the Nordic-Baltic Platform that we are working towards, is encouraging and will strengthen the Swedish bid to host the ESS”, says Colin Carlile, Head of the ESS Scandinavia Secretariat in Lund.

When built, the European Spallation Source will become the world´s most powerful neutron source, available to researchers in fields such as materials science, nanotechnology, biosciences and engineering.

ESS is a European research project, but there is no predetermined process as to how Europe should arrive at a decision regarding the ESS. The decision is made when the countries that are interested in jointly building, owning and operating the ESS have established a coalition and entered into a formal agreement with a host country.

The proposal to locate ESS in Sweden - near Lund, on the Swedish side of Öresund, in the south-west of the country - has been put forward by a consortium known as ESS-Scandinavia (ESS-S). This consortium includes around 20 universities, laboratories, institutes, regional authorities and transnational organizations as members.

“The establishment of ESS in Southern Sweden will have an impact on the other Scandinavian countries, and the East Sea region as a whole”, says the Danish Minister for Science, Technoloy and Innovation in a press release on 7. April 2008.

Read more about the ESS and ESS Scandinavia on the ESS-S website