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Neutrons and photons elevating Worldwide science


Project timeline
January 2024
36 months
December 2026
General Information
NEPHEWS will deliver access to the world-class collective of Europe’s premiere open advanced neutron (N), synchrotron (SR) and free-electron laser (FEL) complementary research infrastructures (RI), to promote curiosity driven excellence in research. In NEPHEWS the RI institute in a novel approach jointly with their 40k+ user base of scientists through Users Organisations to provide a user-driven access program targeting new and non-expert communities, with a focus on Widening countries, Ukraine and Africa, is a priority. The bottom-up User-to-User-oriented approach aims to build an integrated European RI landscape involving LEAPS and LENS consortia and their European scientific user communities.
NEPHEWS will provide 135 twinning experiments, successful piloted in the CALIPSOplus project, and 451 user experiments across European RI facilities. New and non-expert users receive in-depth hands-on expert training in twinning research experiments with expert-users. These actions are complimented with support in virtual access, workshops, schools and proposal writing. All build expertise, foster collaborations, and widen user access across the European Research Area (ERA).
NEPHEWS will specifically engage user and scientific communities of selected priority countries via outreach visits at universities, supporting political dialogue with national funding authorities (NFAs). To this end, NEPHEWS will deliver quantitative reporting of its actions and use country-specific quantitative data from novel community analysis methods. This will be the basis for an informed science policy when advocating to NFAs on the merits and benefits of sustained nationally funded user access to these RI. NEPHEWS brings a paradigm shift in the ERA RI landscape by direct involvement of the user communities to instigate wider access across the most advanced RI of the World. The integration is simultaneously realized for the FEL, SR and N communities across the ERA.
Hereon will provide access to the infrastructure of the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ), Garching, Germany. MLZ is a leading centre for cutting edge research with neutrons and positrons; in NEPWEWS, MLZ offers access to 27 instruments for research with neutron and positron beams. The instruments offered cover a broad range of techniques including structure research, the investigation of large-scale structures, neutron spectroscopy, imaging and elemental analysis. In addition to the neutron instruments, intense positron beams are available for five different applications.
The MLZ represents the cooperation between the Technische Universität München, the Forschungszentrum Jülich and Hereon. As MLZ is no legal entity, Hereon is acting on behalf of all three MLZ partners here.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaHORIZON-INFRA-2023-SERV-01-03
Project TypeHORIZON Cofund Action (COFUND)
Contract NumberGrant Agreement 101131414
Co-ordinatorUniwersytet Jagiellonski (PL)
Funding for the Project (€) Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Prof. Dr. Martin Müller, Institute of Materials Physics, Fone: +49 4152 871268 or +49 89 289 54868
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Consorcio para la Construccion, Equimamiento y Explotación del Laboratorio de Luz de Sincrotón (ES), DESY Stifung Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron (DE), European Neutron Scattering Association (CH), European Synchrotron and Free Electron Laser User Organisation (BE), European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (FR), European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser Facility GmbH (DE), Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH (DE), Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e. V. (DE), Institut Max von Laue - Paul Langevin (FR), Jagiellonian University (PL), KFKI Atomic Energy Research Institute (HU), Lunds Universitet (SE), Nuclear Physics Institute (CZ), Paul Scherrer Institute (CH), Radboud University (NL), Sincrotrone Trieste (IT), Societé Civile Synchrotron Soleil (FR), Synchroton-Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (JO), Trinity College Dublin (IE), Turkish Accelerator and Radiation Laboratory (TR), United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UK), University of Aarhus (DK)
Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ)
Last Update: 16. January 2024