In collaboration with the Platform for Nanotechnology and Materials of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST-NM), the ILL organised in Bobadela, near Lisbon a two-day workshop to inform the Portuguese scientific community about current and future opportunities for research using neutrons and to identify the main points of interests of the Portuguese community.
The event constituted an additionnal outreach ativity to identify emerging user groups and refine services for our evolving user community. The landscape of neutron sources is indeed being changed with the closure of major national facilities. At different time of the workshop, it was clearly explained how FILL2030 opens new neutron perspectives for the European research and innovation community, leading up to the full operation of the European Spallation Source (ESS).
A total of 10 presentations were given by Portuguese researchers from Lisbon, Porto, Coimbra and Aveiro, highlighting their past and current work with neutrons, on the first day. In response, the ILL delegation showcased different projects and instruments which could resolve some of the previous mentionned issues – and beyond:
- Overview of neutron scattering at the ILL, by Mark Johnson, Head of science division
- Small angle neutron scattering at the ILL and its application in soft condensed matter, by Isabelle Grillo, D33 instrument responsible
- Neutron reflectometry to study biological and soft materials, by Armando Maestro, Figaro instrument co-responsible
- Triple axis spectrometers and magnetic skyrmions, by Tobias Weber, IN20 instrument co-responsible
- All except neutron scattering, by Ulli Köster, PN1 instrument responsible & Radioisotope production
- Opportunities offered by FILL2030, by Steph Monfront, Communication & event manager for FILL2030, ILL
Clear opportunities for very good scientific collaboration were identified during the exchanges – many of which could be supported by FILL2030 in the short term.
All attendees appreciated very much this opportunity to meet, especially since Portuguese scientists are in the process of forming a user community.