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EU Promotes Further Collaboration with Russian Neutron Research

Jülich, 2 March 2020. Forschungszentrum Jülich will receive € 900,000 in funding to continue its collaboration at the Russian neutron source PIK in Gatchina near St. Petersburg. Cooperation in terms of European-Russian research with neutrons under Jülich leadership had already begun within the framework of the Horizon 2020 infrastructure project CREMLIN (Connecting Russian and European Measures for Large-Scale Infrastructure) and will now be continued under the umbrella of the extended follow-up project CREMLINplus. In February, CREMLINplus was officially launched in Hamburg.

The CREMLIN-plus consortium brings together 35 partners, 10 from Russia and 25 from the EU and associated countries and will receive a budget of € 25 million over the entire four-year period. The aim of the project, coordinated by DESY in Hamburg, is to achieve a much higher level of cooperation between EU and Russian partners in the field of large-scale research facilities. To this end, the project is building on the findings and recommendations of its predecessor and consists of three pillars: 1. the promotion of scientific and technical cooperation between European-Russian teams on large-scale analytical and physical Russian research projects, such as the neutron source PIK, 2. the development of a procedure for access to large-scale Russian research facilities on the basis of a clearly defined set of criteria, thereby facilitating access to Russian facilities for European users, 3. a comprehensive training and education programme for Russian and European managers at large-scale research facilities.

Blick in die Neutronenleiterhalle des Heinz Meier-Leibnitz Zentrums in Garching bei München mit zahlreichen NeutroneninstrumentenView of the neutron guide hall at the Heinz Meier-Leibnitz Zentrum in Garching near Munich, with numerous neutron instruments.
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Within the project, research with neutrons will be funded with a total of € 4.3 million, which will be used mainly for the planning and development of novel neutron sources. The background to this core topic is the decreasing capacity for research with neutrons in Europe due to the decommissioning of numerous older sources in the past as well as closures due to take place in the coming years. Further priorities are to plan the instrumentation at PIK in such a way that it optimally complements the instruments at the main European neutron sources, and to develop a user-friendly platform.

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Weitere Informationen:

Press release DESY 29 August 2019: "Green light for EU project CREMLINplus"

Website of the Jülich Centre for Neutron Science

Website of the Jülich Central Institute for Engineering, Electronics and Analytics – Engineering and Technology (ZEA-1)

Website of the Heinz Meier-Leibnitz Zentrum


Dr. Stefan Mattauch
Jülich Centre for Neutron Science, Außenstelle am Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum
Tel: 089 289-10709

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Angela Wenzik, Wissenschaftsjournalistin
Forschungszentrum Jülich
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