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100. KFN meeting

German Committee Research with Neutrons


Monday June 14, video conference


100th meeting: Frank Schreiber regrets that the 100th KFN meeting cannot take place in person. He thanks everyone for the commitment and the good cooperation, also all those who contributed earlier. The KFN members make a celebratory toast to the 100th KFN meeting.

Digital transformation: In the HMC Project Call 2021 (Helmholtz Metadata), applications can be submitted by at least two Helmholtz partners until 16.08.2021. The BMBF's MaterialDigital initiative comprises three rounds of calls, of which the first projects are already underway. The next deadline for projects with industry participation is July 1, 2021, and in 2022 there will be a call for proposals for predominantly industry-driven projects. The call for proposals has been published in ErUM-Data and a second community meeting is planned. A coordinating body is to be applied for. The first call for proposals has been published for ErUM-Data, now also including companies from the commercial sector. Interdisciplinary collaboration is highly desired; across ErUM (matter, particles and universe) and beyond with mathematics / computer science and economics. The funding procedure has two stages. The deadline for outline submission is Sept. 1, 2021. On June 24, 2021 PT DESY will offer an information session via Zoom for potential applicants.

ENSA: Frank Schreiber represents KFN in the ENSA, if necessary he will be represented by Susan Schorr.

Exchange with the KFS: A joint meeting with the Committee Research with Synchrotron Radiation (KFS) is to take place on Dec. 6, 2021.

Reports from the centres: Hereon plans to set up the BEER instrument together with Czech partners (NPI) as part of a research and development contract at the ESS. Michel Kenzelmann (PSI) has been appointed as the new Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of MLZ and Martin Müller has been elected Vice Chair of LENS. From 08 to 11 June 2021, the MLZ Conference Neutrons for Life Sciences took place with a young and international audience, and there will be a final document. The FRM II reactor was started up in April. The replacement of a beam tube at the ILL was successful. The second cycle has started well, but the workload remains mainly on the shoulders of the ILL scientists. Mail-in and remote piloting are working well, but it is hoped that the next cycle in August will bring a return to normality. This will be followed by a 14-month shutdown, which will be used for extensive modernisation in the Endurance Programme. After that, measurement opportunities are to be offered in all areas. Good progress can be seen on the ESS construction site. On Nov. 1, 2021 Helmut Schober will become the new Director General of the ESS.

ErUM-Pro: The announcement for ErUM-Pro (formerly "Verbundforschung") is in preparation and should appear in late summer. The planned application deadline is 1 November 2021. On 30 July 2021, the project management organisation DESY will offer an information event via Zoom for potential applicants.

RAC: Several neutron proposals have been received in the Röntgen-Ångström Cluster. One focus of the announcement is the early use of the ESS, especially through the preparation of first experiments and sample environments as well as the development of methods and analysis software. The joint German-Swedish peer review is scheduled to take place in early September. The project is scheduled to start in April 2022.

Compact Sources: Stephan Förster presents the current status of planning for Compact Sources at FZ Jülich. JCNS has made great progress in this area. After detailed discussion, sas KFN unanimously decides on the following statement: "KFN supports the HBS initiative as an innovative neutron source. From KFN's point of view, the time is ripe to develop this technology with the realisation of the demonstrator."

Dates: The next KFN meeting will take place as a video conference on Sept. 24, 2021.


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