You are here: Home / User Committees / Committee Research with Neutrons / Committee / Minutes / 99. KFN meeting

99. KFN meeting

German Committee Research with Neutrons


Wednesday, March 24, 2021, video conference

Cooptations: Frank Schreiber welcomes the newly co-opted members Dr Tobias Richter (ESS) and Prof. Dr Felix Roosen-Runge (Uni Malmö).

Compact Sources: The design report for the HBS at Forschungszentrum Jülich is ready. LENS has published a report on Low Energy Accelerator-driven Neutron Sources. The upcoming sources have founded their own organisation called European Low Energy accelerator-based Neutron facilities Association ("ELENA") analogous to LENS.

Reports from the centres: The ESS buildings are due to be handed over at the end of 2021, and the office buildings have recently been occupied. A new schedule is to be drawn up in autumn. So far, "beam on target" was planned for 2023. The ILL is fit for the next decade. During the pandemic, scientists at the ILL have taken on a lot. After the current cycle, a new beam tube for radioisotopes will be installed. After the second cycle, there will be a summer break, and after the third cycle, a long shutdown. The reactor in Garching (FRM II) is scheduled to start up again from March 30, 2021. Pandemic plans are in place, so that three cycles with a total of 180 radiation time days are scheduled for this year. The operation will run mainly with mail-in and remote experiments, since the users can work on site only to a small extent. The transfer of the Berlin instrument NEAT to the MLZ is being evaluated. The new GNeuS project ("Global Neutron Scientist") provides access to external scientists who want to work with neutrons. They can apply to the MLZ partners.

Impact of the pandemic on research: The centres are trying hard to make measurements possible. The ILL accepts users and offers tests. LENS and LEAPS have launched an initiative to better protect samples for mail-in measurements. It is often difficult for university staff to get travel permission.

Digital transformation: The guideline on the federal-state initiative to promote artificial intelligence in higher education was published at the end of February. An exchange site was set up on indico after the ErUM Data Community Meeting. The "MaterialDigital 2" call is important for small and medium-sized enterprises. The ErUM-Data call is expected in Q2, with projects then running from 2022. The BMBF has published a call for proposals on AI with the project management organisation VDI. In ErUM project funding, applications for project extensions due to Corona pandemic successes must be well justified and the continuation must be promising and plannable. Otherwise, please refer to the planned new funding measure (duration July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2025, application deadline Nov. 1, 2021). A funding announcement has been published in Sweden within the framework of the Röntgen-Ångström Cluster. Applications must be submitted by May 4, 2021. Since all projects must have at least one German and one Swedish partner, this also affects German applicants, although the deadline in Germany will be later.

BMBF strategy meeting: The chairs of the ErUM committees will represent the interests of the users at the BMBF's prisma strategy meeting at the end of April. The discussion will focus on the preparation of the ErUM-Pro funding guideline.


Filed under: KFN, Protokoll