The ILL first opened its doors to visiting scientists in 1972, and we have been leading the world in neutron-scattering science and technology ever since. A key factor in this success has been the continuous renewal or development of our instruments to ensure they remain world-leading.
The Millennium Programme was launched in 2000 to establish a sustainable strategy for the continual improvement of ILL's infrastructure and instruments. It ended successfully in 2018, having played a major part in the 25-fold improvement in the ILL instruments' average detection rate of neutrons!
And we're not stopping there... With the Endurance programme we are now setting our sights on the more distant horizon, that of 2030.