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96. KFN meeting

German Committee Research with Neutrons


Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, video conference


Strategy paper

Details of the planned KFN strategy brochure are discussed.

Resolution to amend the Statutes to include the possibility of electronic elections

In order to enable an electronic election, an amendment to the statutes is put to the vote. The following addition to §3 (election mode, duration of membership) is unanimously adopted:

Previously: Members according to §2a are elected at a user meeting or by postal vote.

New: The members according to §2a are elected at a user meeting, by postal vote **or by electronic vote**.

Chairperson's report and discussion

Astrid Schneidewind reports that the revised proposal for the DAPHNE4NFDI project was resubmitted to the DFG. She also reports on the two publications of "Analytical Research Infrastructures in Europe" (ARIE), see und

The KFN election 2020 is currently being prepared. There are about 1600 eligible voters and the election is scheduled to run for 3 weeks. The DN2020 will take place as an online event.

There will be a meeting for ErUM-Data in October. The call is expected at the end of the year, it will be about Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, software etc. The realisation of DAPHNE4NFDI would create good conditions for the success of ErUM-Data. KFN plans to send out an email newsletter about the upcoming call so that interdisciplinary collaborations in the field of physics-mathematics-informatics-data sciences can form in time. Apart from double funding, there are no exclusion criteria.

Reports from the centres

HZG: The HZG office at the MLZ is jointly managed by Sebastian Busch and Jean-François Moulin. A draft for the cooperation agreement with the ESS for the BEER instrument is available. The HZG is also participating in the first phase of the HBS project.

ESS: The construction of the ESS is progressing well. The target building is almost sealed, and the instrument halls are also well advanced. The first bunker components have been assembled and more will follow soon. Interior work is underway in the office and laboratory buildings. Due to delays in partner contributions, beam on target will be delayed until spring 2023. Then, six to seven instruments are expected to go into operation. Next year, the call for more instruments could come. The good cooperation between ESS and ILL is emphasised; there is close and transparent coordination.

ILL: At ILL, the second cycle was successfully completed on Monday. Software developed to participate in experiments remotely has proved its worth. The H4 conductor for D3 has been installed and the DALI instrument is well advanced in the handover phase. The sixth protocol of the ILL should be signed by the end of the year.

MLZ: One cycle was successfully run at FRM II before the COVID-19 shutdown. The project application for the transfer of the Flex and E9 (Firepod) instruments from the HZB to the MLZ was approved in full by the BMBF. The MLZ User Meeting and DN2020 will take place online. The expansion of the instrumentation in the East Hall is progressing according to plan. The infrastructure for setting up the instruments was completed in May 2020. Commissioning with neutrons is scheduled to start at the end of 2022.

Report of the project management organisation, ErUM-Pro (formerly Verbundforschung).

The publication of the ErUM-Data action plan is imminent. The first ErUM-Data funding guideline will cover the ErUM-Data topic area of software and algorithms with a focus on artificial intelligence and machine learning.

In the Röntgen-Ångström cluster, the new announcement is planned for 2021 with a start date in April 2022.

BMBF-funded projects can only be extended in individual cases and marginally (6 months). Projects should therefore be completed with the (partial) results achieved by the originally approved end of the term, e.g. June 2022, despite delays. PT DESY will be happy to answer any queries.

For the upcoming funding measure Matter (2022-2025), a Prisma strategy meeting will be held in spring 2021, in which KFN will participate.


The constituent meeting of the new KFN will take place in December together with the members of the old KFN. Before that, there will be a video conference on the strategy paper.



Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, video conference on NSE@ESS


This session is about spin echo technology at the ESS. No spin echo instrument was selected in the first round of ESS instrument proposals. KFN would like to help pave the way for a new instrument proposal. For this purpose, guests are invited. They represent two different spin echo techniques, classical spin echo spectrometry and longitudinal neutron resonance spectroscopy (LNRSE). Differences and technical aspects are discussed. Both methods have evolved and diverged since the last presentation. They should therefore be regarded as complementary methods with slightly different scientific objectives. KFN sees a clear need for an NSE instrument at the ESS and will continue to accompany the development.