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93. KFN meeting

German Committee Research with Neutrons


3 video conferences (17.03., 25.03. and 01.04.2020)

Digital Agenda

The application for the NFDI project DAPHNE has been submitted. In ErUM-Data eight committees have jointly written a white paper and a proposal for an umbrella organisation has been submitted. The KFN members are in favour of a joint appearance with the KFS in ErUM-Data.


Henrik Rønnow has been the new ENSA Chair since the end of 2019, and ENSA has a new website. Within the framework of BrightnESS a survey is planned for the neutron strategy. LEAPS and LENS have agreed on a cooperation at the end of February. In the so-called "mission based approach", funding will in future be allocated to topics rather than methods.


CREMLIN2 has received a financing commitment.


The ESS employees are working in home office. The construction project of ESS is continued as much as possible despite Corona, so that delays are minimized. The first instrument hall was taken over in September, it is now filling up with laboratory infrastructure. The EU project "BrightnESS" aims to develop a vision for a European neutron landscape. ENSA is also icluded in the funding. Considerations for further ESS instruments are to begin at the end of the year.

Accelerator Driven Sources

Advantages and disadvantages of accelerator-driven sources should be discussed and evaluated in the KFN with the help of experts.

Limited availability of neutrons due to the COVID 19 pandemic

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, FRM II was not launched for the 48th cycle as planned. Experiments by external users are to be taken over by local people as far as possible in the coming months.

Election of the 12th KFN

The election of the 12th KFN is to take place in October 2020, with 31.10.2020 set as the deadline, with about three weeks' notice. The list of candidates will be drawn up by summer. The KFN collects proposals.


The local organization of DN2020 is taken over by Mrs. Papadakis. The conference venue is the Hilton am Tucherpark in Munich. The planned program structure is presented. There will be a maximum of three parallel sessions. The conference management is run together with the MLZ User Meeting via Indico, which makes it easier to coordinate the speakers between the two events. Proposals for topics and plenary speakers will be collected and discussed.

The call for the Wolfram-Prandl-Prize will be published soon, the deadline for applications is May 30.

The KFN will take over the division of the contributions into posters and lectures. The sessions will be determined only then, the following topics will be available for selection:

  •     Instrumentation
  •     Magnetism
  •     Materials
  •     Life Sciences
  •     Soft matter
  •     Structure
  •     Digitalization and Machine Learning
  •     Heritage Science
  •     Nuclear and Particle Physics