Inside SINE2020

September 2019: e-newsletter #19

Dear colleagues,

The 19th and last edition of our Inside SINE2020 newsletter will bring you the following news:

News of SINE2020:

  • The SINE2020 Story
  • Introducing
  • The SINE2020 website
  • What is next?


  • Case Studies
  • Neutron techniques animated!

From the world of neutrons:

  • The latest neutron news
  • Job vacancies

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SINE2020: Project News

The SINE2020 Story

The SINE2020 Story!

Science and Innovation with Neutrons in Europe in 2020 (SINE2020) has come to an end. Four years of collaborations and hard work has advanced many aspects of neutron techniques and the neutron community.

So we have made a video to highlight the achievements of the SINE2020 project over the last four years! Enjoy! Watch the video here.

Introducing is an interactive website for teaching and learning neutron and neutron-related techniques realised by SINE2020. It allows current and potential users of large scale facilities to access learning materials that can support their use of neutron and muon experiments in their research. We have made videos to showcase the features of the platform. One for general users and one for teachers and supervisors of neutron schools and courses that might find it useful to supplement their teaching.

The Road to the ESS map of collaborators

The SINE2020 website

After this month, the SINE2020 website will no longer be updated. However, it will still serve as a record of all the invaluable work and achievements of the project. From the aims and results of the different Joint Research Activities, to the SINE2020 Supported Neutron Schools and list of publications. And you can always remind yourself of the individual projects and stories involved on The Road to the ESS.

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What is next?

The end of SINE2020 coincides with structural changes at the European research council, where the Horizon 2020 framework will be replaced by Horizon Europe. The European neutron community has already prepared itself for new Horizons with the formation of LENS – the League of advanced Neutron Sources (

The new LENS working groups incorporate existing SINE2020 networks with ongoing projects. The current unpredictability of external funding sources also means the neutron community needs to support each other. With LENS, facilities should demonstrate that, working together, combating new scientific and technical challenges is possible, even if they are beyond the scope of individual partners.

SINE2020: Industry

Rio Tinto Case Study

Industrial Case Studies

The SINE2020 project provided funding for free feasibility studies to industrial companies. Overall 37 companies, ranging from the automotive to the biotech sectors, took up this offer. We now have 10 Case Studies from some of these experiments available on the SINE2020 website to showcase how useful neutrons can be in the industrial sector.

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NDP video

Neutron Techniques animated!

SINE2020 was also able to support the production of three videos, aimed at an industrial audience, on three different neutron techniques: Neutron Depth Profiling for Li-ion batteries, Small Angle Neutron Scattering and Residual Stress measurements. All the videos are available to watch on YouTube and you can find the links on our Industry webpages. Share them with anyone interested in discovering the unique advantages of neutron techniques.

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From the world of neutrons:

Orphee Reactor

Final shutdown of the Orphée reactor

As of Tuesday 29th October 2019, the Orphée reactor in Saclay is no longer in operation.

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ESS DMSC inauguration

Ready to turn data into discoveries

ESS has officially inaugurated the data centre infrastructure that will play a vital role in processing the enormous amounts of research data from experiments being conducted here.

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European neutron facilities come together for LENS General Assembly

The League of advanced European Neutron Sources (LENS) held its second General Assembly at Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) on 24th October 2019 preceded the day before by meetings of its five working groups and the LENS Executive Board. The meetings brought the consortium’s operational working groups together with the leaders of the LENS member facilities to advance priority actions for the organisation in the months to come.

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Job vacancies

  • Postdoc Positions, USA
  • Data Scientist, USA
  • Instrument Scientists, Germany
  • Post Doctoral Fellow, France
  • Postdoc Position, Sweden
  • Research positions, Japan

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EVENTS in 2019 and 2020: Meetings, Conferences, Conventions and Exhibitions

The events calendar is regularly updated and can be found here

December 2019

01. December 2019 – 06. December 2019
Advanced Materials Exploration with Neutrons

04. December 2019 – 06. December 2019
Eleventh Joint BER II and BESSY II User Meeting

09. December 2019 – 10. December 2019
Second Target Station Workshop

10. December 2019 – 11. December 2019
MLZ User Meeting 2019

11. December 2019 – 13. December 2019
BILL2019, Bilayers at the ILL workshop

February 2020

23. February 2020 – 27. February 2020
DGK Annual Meeting 2020

March 2020

23. March 2020 – 03. April 2020
51st IFF Spring School 2020: Quantum Technology

15. March 2020 – 20. March 2020
DPG Spring Meeting 2020

02. March 2020 – 03. April 2020
Hercules 2020

April 2020

29. April 2020 – 01. May 2020
AXAA 2020

June 2020

16. June 2020 – 24. June 2020
15th Bombannes Summer School on Scattering Methods Applied to Soft Condensed Matter

16. June 2020 – 19. June 2020
MLZ Conference: Neutrons for Life Sciences

15. June 2020 – 19. June 2020
PSI Course for Masters Students

September 2020

13. September 2020 – 19. September 2020
Applied Nuclear Physics Conference

December 2020

09. December 2020 – 11. December 2020
Twelfth BESSY@HZB User Meeting

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This project receives funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 654000.