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UK-Swedish Collaboration Celebrated as Swedish Research Minister Visits RAL

Swedish delegation including Mrs Helene Hellmark Knutsson, Minister for Higher Education and Research in Sweden visit STFC’s ISIS neutron and muon source.
(Credit: STFC)

20 March 2018 - The Swedish Minister for Higher Education and Research has seen for herself the contribution the UK is making to the European Spallation Source (ESS), a next generation science facility being built in Lund that will become the world’s largest microscope.

As part of a broader UK visit in which she was meeting with the UK Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation Sam Gyimah, Swedish Minister Helene Hellmark Knutson visited STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (19 March 2018).

The Minister was shown the success story of STFC’s ISIS neutron and muon source, an accelerator-based facility that the ESS is modelled on that produces neutrons for a large array of advanced instruments.

The ISIS neutron and muon source, as the ESS will in the future, supports research teams in addressing significant global challenges that range from healthcare to fuel technology.

The Minister also heard first-hand the in-kind contributions STFC is making to the construction of the ESS. UK in-kind contributions to the accelerator are being delivered by STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory, to the target by the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (RACE) and to the instruments by the ISIS neutron source. The overall project UK-ESS project is managed through a group based in ISIS.

Visit to Sweden

Mrs Helene Hellmark Knutsson, Minister for Higher Education and Research in Sweden with Dr Robert McGreevy, Director of STFC’s ISIS Neutron and muon source
(Credit: STFC)

The Minister also visited Diamond light Source where she heard about the UK’s contribution to Max IV, a synchrotron facility in Sweden.

After the visit, Dr Andrew Taylor, STFC’s Executive Director, National Laboratories said:

“We were delighted to welcome the Minister for Higher Education and Research Helene Hellmark Knutson to Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. We have a strong working relationship with Sweden, notably through our collaboration on ESS, building on the long established Swedish use of ISIS and are looking forward to continuing to strengthen our relations when ESS comes online and beyond”.

The visit to Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is part of a broader agenda in the UK by the Swedish Minister in which she is meeting with UK Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation Sam Gyimah to discuss forms of future research collaboration and exchanges in the life sciences and other research infrastructure.

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