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International Development of gAnil-spirAL2

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - IDEAAL (International Development of gAnil-spirAL2)

Reporting period: 2017-01-01 to 2018-06-30

GANIL was funded in Caen, France in 1983 as an institute for fundamental research to investigate and consolidate knowledge about the atomic nucleus. The laboratory is operated jointly through its legal structure Groupement d’Intérêt Economique (GIE) by the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique et aux Énergies Alternatives (CEA).
The quality of beams delivered by its accelerators and state-of-the-art scientific instruments make GANIL an outstanding multi-disciplinary facility. The range of areas explored with GANIL beams from studies of the atomic nucleus, the evolution of forces between nucleons, fundamental symmetries, nuclear astrophysics, radiobiology, and materials science (ageing of materials, hardness of electronic components carried into space and nuclear reactor vessels, for example). With its new accelerator SPIRAL2, GANIL will produce the only ion beams of their kind in the world to support research from hadron and isotope therapy to the physics of the atom and its nucleus. GANIL is one of the premiere European heavy-ion beam research institutes and contributes to the radiance of European Science.
This constant strive for excellence has led the GANIL scientific community and technical teams to develop and build a new accelerator SPIRAL2, currently under installation and commissioning in its first phase. SPIRAL2 has been on the ESFRI roadmap since 2006.
Since January 1st, 2016, the GANIL legal status allows associated scientific partnerships with national and international collaborating institutions.
The first objective of the IDEAAL Project is to capitalize on this new legal opportunity in order to expand the GANIL membership to academic institutions, industries and private sponsors. This development goes hand-in-hand with a reinforcement of the involvement of the current institutional funding partners and academic users of GANIL facilities in the decision-making processes of the infrastructure. The available resources to operate the facility and to construct the second phase of SPIRAL2, the heart of the whole project, are presently insufficient. With additional funds and personnel, which might be provided by new partners, we expect to fully achieve the scientific objectives of the SPIRAL2 project.
The second objective of IDEAAL is to enhance the excellence of access to the infrastructure on several aspects including support to the users, access policy, assessment on cost of access to facilities and to data, improvement of performance capabilities as well as exchange and training of personnel with associated partners.
Innovation is the third objective of IDEAAL. With the new facility SPIRAL2, it is essential to convince industrial users of the reliability of this new machine and to develop new experimental tools at the existing GANIL facilities. Access provision dedicated to industrial users will greatly help to increase their interest and trust in GANIL. In parallel, new topics for technology transfer will be clearly identified. The increase of innovation potential of GANIL will also be evaluated.
These three objectives must be supported by a strong communication policy towards members and funders, users and the layman. This is the fourth objective of the Project.
Fulfilling these four objectives will allow a well-organized, highly efficient and sustainable development of the current GANIL structure, transforming existing collaborations into strong partnerships and creating new cooperation opportunities. As a consequence, IDEAAL will be the first step of the development of a true international research infrastructure GANIL, with a reinforced strategy for long-term sustainability.
During the first period of the IDEAAL projects, the main achievements in terms of International Coordination and New Partnerships were the first draft of GANIL's internationalization strategy ready on November 2017, its presentation to CNRS and CEA in June 2018, the Colloque GANIL where internationalization was discussed at the level of the user community, the contacts with future funding partners and the first draft of transitional partnership agreement with Poland, the successful workshop on in-kind contributions and the launch of the new GANIL Users Group with the associated database and Web portal.
Concerning the Excellence of Access to Infrastructure, the main achievements for the first period are the tool for analysing the costs for serving the users, currently in a test phase, and the data management plan strategy.
For Innovation and Industries, the GANIL know-how cartography is a very important result for the development of technology transfer in the next years, many promising developments have been identified. Transnational access for industrial users is now prepared. The international selection panel on transnational access is now settled and the first call for experimental proposals was launched. The contract for the transfer of know-how for the beam profile monitors was signed The strong participation of GANIL (often in association with Nucleopolis) in various conferences and exhibitions dedicated to industrial networks and applications, has demonstrated that GANIL is a laboratory with increasing potential of valorisation. Many subjects are identified for future innovations and applications with GANIL and SPIRAL2 facilities and beams.
In matter of Dissemination and Outreach, we may underline in particular actions dedicated for user’s community - the international conferences EURORIB’18 and Colloque GANIL 2017. New brochures towards industries and general public were issued. In addition to these achievements, the managing team insures a smooth running of the project in all aspects of technical, financial, and administrative activities. All partner institutions of the IDEAAL consortium (GANIL, CNRS, CEA, GSI, IFJ PAN and Nucleopolis) were strongly involved in activities allowing to reach the milestones and deliverables of the first period of the project.
Fulfilling the four objectives of IDEAAL project will allow a well-organized, highly efficient and sustainable development of the current GANIL structure, transforming existing collaborations into strong partnerships and creating new cooperation opportunities. With SPIRAL2 accelerator, the leadership of the European Research Area in the global research environment will be strengthened through the uniqueness of the beams, the state-of-the-art scientific equipment and high-quality staff. GANIL will offer new opportunities to address societal challenges, especially through its new experimental hall dedicated to very intense light-ion and neutron beams.
With its scientific and technological expertise, GANIL acts as a relay enhancing the transfer of its employee skills to industrial companies and their applications.
GANIL with SPIRAL2 will attract additional researchers from all over the world, for the uniqueness of its facilities and for the very active collaborations with academia and industrial companies that will be developed during the IDEAAL project.