Our values

Research with neutrons - a collective effort!

  • Excellence
  • Respect
  • Collective creativity
  • Diversity
  • Service
  • International collaboration
  • Health and safety


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 prodigious journals.

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

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.

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. Eleven other partner countries also contribute to the Institute today -  Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Italy, Poland, the Slovak Rep. Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Our absolute priority! It is our duty to protect all those working at the Institute, the general public and the environment, from nuclear hazards. We comply with the highest standards of health and safety and radiation protection.

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