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Our values

Research with neutrons: a collective effort!

  • Excellence
  • Creating knowledge
  • Collective creativity
  • Diversity and mutual respect
  • Service
  • International collaboration
  • Health and safety
  • Gender equality

The ILL is the most intense source of neutrons in the world. This enables us to publish over 140 scientific papers a year in the world's most prestigious journals.

Science strives to augment human knowledge, which as we understand it is a universal gift to be used to make this world a better place for all of us. ILL is fully engaged into this philosophy by pursuing research on the most pressing topics of our times. 

We draw on our individual skills, diversity of opinion and capacity for dialogue at all stages in the production process. We work together to innovate, tackling new challenges, human, scientific and technical.

We thrive on diversity and encourage collaboration. We work in international teams - our success depends on our values: respect, acceptance and communication.

The results we have achieved, and the strength of our partnerships, are the fruit of trust and team spirit, mutual esteem, and very high standards.

We provide highly specialised expertise and technology to scientists from all parts of the world. Nearly 2000 scientific visitors use our facilities every year; their research generates over 600 publications a year.

A fundamental principle, at the very origins of the ILL. The Institute was founded as a partnership between France and Germany on the initiative of professors Louis Néel and Heinz Maier-Leibnitz. It was soon to be joined by the United Kingdom. Ten other partner countries also contribute to the Institute today -  Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy,  Poland, the Slovak Rep. Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

ILL is fully aware of its responsibility when it comes to protecting health and environment. We, therefore, undertake every effort in order to comply with the highest standards of health and safety and radiation protection.

Gender equality

The ILL is fully engaged in providing equal gender opportunities. It actively strives to increase the number of women within all parts of its staff and organizational bodies.

In 2019, the fight against gender inequality in the workplace was given a new tool: the gender equality index. This index takes the form of a score out of 100 and makes it possible to assess the gender pay gap in a particular company. It is based on five broad criteria for assessing inequalities between women and men in the workplace. (click here for more information, in French)

The ILL's gender equality index score for 2021 is  94/100.

Results of 2021 gender equality index for  each criterionScore
Gender pay gap39/40
Gender gap in the distribution of individual pay rises20/20
Gender gap in the distribution of promotions 15/15
% of employees given a pay rise on returning from maternity leave15/15
Number of employees of the under-represented gender among the top 10 highest paid employees5/10
TOTAL94/100