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The Working Group on Neutron Facilities was established by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) at its meeting on July 3, 2002.
Its mandate is to carry out a comparative study of different scenarios for the development of facilities for neutron-based science in Europe. The study will focus on scenarios that (1) include the building of the ESS (either now or in a timely manner) and (2) scenarios which have major upgrades of ILL and ISIS as key elements, with ESS as a subsequent option.
At its first meeting the Working Group learned that the Millennium Program at ILL and the plans for a Second Target Station at ISIS are well under way and decided to include these developments as a baseline for the scenarios considered.
This report contains a strategic analysis of three medium to long-term future scenarios (10 - 20 years) for neutron-based science and technology in Europe. The analysis has focussed on the existing and proposed top-rank facilities. The three scenarios are compared on the basis of their scientific and technical merits, socio-economic impacts, costs and timeliness seen in a global perspective. The aim of the report is to provide road maps for the decision-making by European governments in the spirit of the European Research Area, ERA.

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