Nordic Neutron Science Programme

Nordic Neutron Science Programme

The Nordic research community may have a front row seat when the European Spallation Source (ESS) becomes operational in 2019. But Nordic researchers have to be well prepared in scientific terms if they are to take full advantage of the unique opportunities offered by this nearly DKK 20 billion research infrastructure in Lund. Therefore, NordForsk has launched a Nordic programme for neutron research, with an emphasis on building new competencies.

Objectives

The programme’s objectives are to increase the number of Nordic-region researchers skilled at utilising neutrons in scientific analysis, as well as raise the competency level regarding neutron scattering, particularly among younger researchers and other groups without extensive experience in this field. The new programme is designed to support long-term use of the European Spallation Source (ESS) among the Nordic countries. The ESS is one of the priority European Research Infrastructures identified by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI)

Background 

The joint Nordic programme for neutron research is being established to address the need for competence-building in this field, as identified by research funding agencies in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. 

A bibliometric report drawn up by the University of Copenhagen’s Niels Bohr Institute has mapped usage and needs among the Nordic research community in its report “Nordic Neutron Scattering Communities 2009‒2013”. The report finds there is a need for greater expertise and the potential to expand cooperation in the field in three of the countries, pointing out that: 

  • There is sufficiently high scientific quality and volume to start up a programme. 
  • Neutron research is given priority in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. 
  • Access to the ESS is considered important for the development of the Nordic research community and its international collaboration. 

The Nordic Neutron Science Programme is a five–year programme that was launched in 2015. 

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee comprises representatives from the participating funding organisations: 

  • Fredrik Melander, Senior Adviser, Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation; chair 
  • Hanifeh Khayyeri, Senior Research Officer, Swedish Research Council; member
  • Bjørn Jacobsen, Special Adviser, the Research Council of Norway, member
  • Joakim Amorim, Research Programmes Manager, Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research; member
  • Paula Eerola, Professor, University of Helsinki, Finland; observer 
  • Asdis Jonsdottir, Senior Advisor at Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, Iceland; observer 

The Programme Committee may seek scientific consultation from a reference group consisting of representatives of the Danish Neutron Scattering Society (DANSSK), the Norwegian Neutron Scattering Association (NoNSA), the Swedish Neutron Scattering Society (SNSS) and European Spallation Source Eric (ESS). 

NordForsk is providing NOK 500 000 in funding for a researcher network in 2015–2016 as an independent, supplementary activity to the neutron programme. The network will facilitate coordinated, increased use of both neutron and synchrotron techniques, as well as coordinate researchers in both fields, train new users and younger researchers, and promote the use of research infrastructure outside the Nordic region.

Funding 

The programme’s budget amounts to roughly NOK 65 million. NordForsk provides one-third of the funding from the outset, with the three participating countries jointly providing two-thirds. The approximate distribution contributions: Denmark NOK 15 million, NordForsk NOK 21,5 million, Norway NOK 8 million, Sweden NOK 15 million (the Swedish Research Council) and NOK 6 million (Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research)

Projects

NNSP Capacity Building Networks
The structure of membrane proteins under solution conditions
Functional Hydrides - FunHy
Antimicrobial Peptides seen by Neutrons: from basic mechanism to the next generation antibiotics
Nordic Neutron School: Theory, Experiment, and E-learning
Neutrons For Heat Storage
Water selectivity of aquaporins using neutron scattering
Magnetic Frustration under Pressure
Contact person
Jostein K. Sundet - Senior Adviser
Contact person Jostein K. Sundet
Senior Adviser
Work +47 996 01 848
Ida Persson - Senior Adviser
Contact person Ida Persson
Senior Adviser
Work +47 407 24 571