World class science and innovation with neutrons in Europe 2020


Project timeline
October 2015
48 months
September 2019
General Information
Today’s society is being transformed by new materials and processes. Analytical techniques underpin their development and neutrons, with their unique properties, play a pivotal role in a multi-disciplinary, knowledge-based approach. Industry and the neutron research community must however work together more closely to enhance their innovation potential. Neutrons are only available at large scale facilities (LSF’s), presenting specific challenges for outreach. National and European initiatives have combined to create a user community of almost 10000, mainly academia-based users, which is supported by an ecosystem of about 10, often world-class national facilities and the European facility, the Institute Laue Langevin. Europe leads neutron science and is investing almost 2B€ in the European Spallation Source (ESS), its construction, like Horizon 2020, spanning the period 2014-2020. SINE2020 is therefore a project with two objectives: preparing Europe for the unique opportunities at ESS in 2020 and developing the innovation potential of neutron LSF’s. Common services underpin the European research area for neutrons. New and improved services will be developed in SINE2020, by the LSF’s and partners in 13 countries, in a holistic approach including outreach, samples, instrumentation and software. These services are the key to integrating ESS in the European neutron ecosystem, ensuring scientific success from day one. They are also the basis for facilitating direct use of neutron LSF’s by industry. Particular emphasis is placed on the industry consultancy, which will reach out to industry and develop a business model for direct, industry use of LSF’s in 2020, and data treatment, exploiting a game-changing opportunity at LSF’s to adopt a common software approach in the production of scientific results. HZG leads the work package entitled “Industry Consultancy”.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaH2020-INFRADEV-2014
Project TypeResearch and Innovation Action (RIA)
Contract NumberGrant Agreement 654000
Co-ordinatorInstitute Max von Laue – Paul Langevin (FR)
Funding for the Project (€) Funding for HZG (€)
Contact Person at HZG Dr. MarcThiry, Institute of Materials Research, WPN-DESY, Phone: +49 40 8998-6914
E-mail contact
Worldwide Europe

Commissariat Energie Atomique CEA (FR), Concordio Para La Construccion, Equipamiento y Explotacion de la Sede Espana (ES), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (ES), Delft University of Technology (NL), European Spallation Scource Scandinavia (SE), Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH (DE), Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH (DE), Institut Max von Laue - Paul Langevin (FR), Institute of Isotopes of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HU), Köbenhavns Universitet (DK), Laboratorio de Instrumentacao e Fisica Experimental de Particulas (PT), Nuclear Physics Institute (CZ), Paul Scherrer Institute (CH), Science and Technology Facilities Council (UK), Technical University of Denmark (DK), Technische Universität München (DE), Universita Degli Studi di Parma (IT)
SINE2020 website
Last Update: 15. May 2017