For the final SINE2020 General Assembly our Spanish partner ESS-Bilbao were our hosts from 27-29th May 2019.
Scientists from all 10 Work Packages gathered to discuss their progress, their achievements and of course their plans for the last four months and beyond.
Management and Coordination
Our Project Manager and Coordinator reported that the project is 68% complete (in terms of milestones and deliverables) after 43 months. Since the last General Assembly in Parma, the 2nd Periodic Review has been compiled and we are working on a Sustainability Report – how will SINE2020's achievements continue into the future?
The project's news has been reported through the year via the project's social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Youtube), news articles and website updates on www.sine2020.eu and neutronsources.org. Specifically, The Road to the ESS project has been a great opportunity to showcase the contribution and collaboration of all 18 institutions in our 12 partner countries. Still plenty more news to come in the final few months!
Assistance to other Work Packages has been given, in particular with the Neutrons for the Biotech Industry event in Zaragoza in March 2019 and creating a video for the Matrac 2 Neutron School.
e-learning & Schools
Ongoing content development of e-neutrons.org has continued and some of the virtual instruments and experiments are almost complete. SINE2020 money has helped fund even more Schools that otherwise may not have been able to run and have helped grow the neutron and muon community. Before the end of the project, over 40 schools will have been supported reaching several hundred students.
The Industry Consultancy team have continued to attend Industrial events through the year to promote what neutron experiments can offer industrial companies, and have organised SYNERGI2019 in Lyon, France and Neutrons for the Biotech Industry in Zaragoza, Spain.
37 free feasibility studies for industry were accepted during the project with 21 being published as Case Studies. About 25% of the companies have been encouraged to return to neutron techniques as a result. New animation videos on Residual Stress Measurement and Small-Angle Neutron Scattering with an industrial audience in mind have also been created.
The European Deuteration Network DEUNET is starting to become a worldwide deuteration network. You can find out more on their website https://deuteration.net/. All synthesis projects are now complete and a chemical deuteration lab at the ESS has been established.
Work has continued at ILL on magnetic alignment of microcrystals. Meanwhile, a crystallisation chamber has been built and is currently being tested at JCNS, and several papers have been published at ESS on crystal growth methods.
All of the Sample Environment tasks have resulted in improved performances of equipment and more efficient use of beam time. SECoP is being adopted as an international standard for both facilities and companies. All of the achievements of this work package will soon be published in a special issue of of the Journal of Neutron Research – coming soon!
All tasks are on course, including those that were previously delayed. Recommendations have been made for future ESS instruments, for example a compact SEMSANS add-on for SANS and Imaging, and the developed simulation software is either already, or soon will be, released. Some of this work also has applications beyond the neutron community. Work Package 8 will be holding a day's workshop in St Petersburg, Russia on 29th June 2019 and the contributions will make up a dedicated issue of the Journal of Neutron Research.
New detector hardwares have now been built and tested at various facilities. The results are now helping the different teams to work on improvements before the final reports due in a few months.
The key milestones are now complete with Workshop IV being held in Lund, Sweden from 22nd-24th May 2019. The Guidelines and Standards are available to download. Software for SANS, reflectometry and imaging data treatment are ready for user testing.