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A selection of recent workshops and symposiums held at ILL

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Past events

ILL 20-20 Vision. Symposium on 15-17 September 2010

ILL 2020 Vision User Meeting – Future directions in neutron science

The “ILL 2020 Vision” user meeting was organised in Grenoble on 15-17 September 2010 with the aim of discussing with the neutron user community the development of a programme of upgrades to the ILL instrument suite and infrastructure for the period 2013-2017 and beyond.

More than 300 participants from over 30 countries joined this stimulating meeting to help set the future course for ILL and the science it serves. Those in attendance included ILL scientists and users, heads or representatives of 11 other neutron scattering facilities, members of the ILL governing bodies, former directors, and heads of neighbouring institutes in Grenoble.

The ILL has been at the forefront of neutron science for almost 40 years, and a key factor in this success has been successive campaigns to ensure its instruments enable the community to perform the best possible science.

The latest renewal project – the Millennium Programme – has completed its first phase (2001-2008), and is well into its next phase (2007-2014). It has already delivered 14 new or radically upgraded instruments, increasing the average instrument detection rate by a factor of almost 20. The current phase will deliver 7 more new or upgraded instruments, as well as supporting infrastructure.

The meeting gave an overview of what the upgrade programme had delivered to date.  However, the main thrust of the meeting was forward-looking, and aimed to develop a strategy to provide the very best tools for tackling key scientific problems in the period up to and beyond 2020.


ILL scientists outlined proposals for new or upgraded instruments, as well as various forms of infrastructure. These, together with additional proposals from the user community, were all presented by “project champions” during the meeting, and highlighted the breadth and creativity of the contributors.

A key aim of the user meeting was also to establish priorities for the various proposals through discussion. The proposals for future development were therefore discussed in parallel sessions organised around key areas of science that neutron scattering serves.
Some of the recurring themes of this initial feedback centred on the scientific opportunities arising from the study of smaller or more complex samples, and from faster measurements, which in turn require higher flux, better focusing, or a wider accessible range of Q in a single measurement. However, it was equally clear that the scope of sample environment needs to be broadened so that we can create “ambient” conditions for soft matter studies, new devices for in-situ reactive chemistry, and higher pressures and magnetic fields.

It was also widely agreed that, until the European Spallation Source (ESS) comes up to full operating strength with a complete set of instruments some time around 2025, the European community will continue to look to ILL as the hub of the European network of eight national neutron sources. One of the enduring memories of this highly successful meeting are the words of Michael Steiner, ENSA chairman, who towards the end of the conference encouraged ILL to ‘be strong’ and to continue to enable the community to carry out world-beating neutron science throughout the next decade and well beyond.




Videos: Clip Session & Plenary Session

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