One ESS! On-site visit of Italian and French In-Kind Partners

IK partner visit
Some of the In-Kind partners on their way to see the ESS facility under construction. Image: Ulrika Hammarlund/ESS

Over the course of two days, ESS has welcomed more than 70 members of the In-Kind teams from Italy and France. The visit included workshops, presentations, and a tour of the ESS facility, providing an opportunity for ESS’ partners to see the impact of their work.

ESS members map

Map of Europe showing the 13 ESS member countries in blue. 
About 30% of the ESS project is realised through in-kind contributions.

During a two-day visit to ESS, In-Kind partners from France and Italy had the chance to see the results of their long-term efforts. For many of the guests handling administrative, design, and engineering tasks behind the scenes, this was their first visit to ESS. The event marked the third in a series of on-site visits organised for In-Kind partners. Similar visits have previously been arranged for In-Kind teams from the United Kingdom and Estonia, and the plan is to continue this initiative with the other nine ESS members states.

ESS is a unique pan-European effort made possible thanks to the contributions of more than 40 partner institutes working together to design, build and operate one of the world's leading research facility using neutrons for science. Member states France and Italy are responsible for significant In-Kind contributions across the Accelerator, Target, Instruments and Control System projects.

“Much of the detailed expertise needed to realise ESS rests with our In-Kind partners”, says Mark Robinson, Head of the ESS In-Kind Management Division. “Without them there simply would not be an ESS.”


IK groups FR and IT

French and Italian In-Kind contributors ready to go on site with guides from ESS.

IK high bay visit

Visiting the Target high bay, with a view to the Monolith.

IK visit Marcelo

Guided by Marcelo Juni Ferreira, ESS Vacuum Group Leader, in the ESS Accelerator buildings.

IK visit reflections

Coming back to the ESS office after a tour of the entire ESS facility.

Summary of the main French and Italian In-Kind contributions to ESS:


French In-Kind Packages

National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)
  • Spoke Linac Cryomodules and Cryogenic Distribution Line
French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA)
  • Radio-Frequency Quadrupole (RFQ) section of the Normal Conducting Linac
  • Elliptical Cryomodules for the Medium and High Beta Linac (engineering, assembly and technical assistance in installation and commissioning)
  • Neutron beam loss monitor
  • Emittance Measurement Unit and Beam Diagnostics (Doppler Shift Measurement) for Low Energy Beam Transport (LEBT)
  • Controls for Ion Source, LEBT and RFQ
Laboratoire Léon Brillouin (LLB)
  • High Pressure Sample Environment Systems
  • Design, procurement, manufacturing and delivery of part of the instruments BIFROST, CSPEC, DREAM, MAGIC, NMX and SKADI.

Italian In-Kind Packages

National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN)
  • Ion Source and Low-Energy Beam Transport
  • Medium Beta Elliptical Cavities, Fabrication and Testing
  • Drift-Tube Linac with BPMs, BCMs and control system
Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste
  • Spoke RF Power Stations – including installation, test and commissioning
  • Linac Magnets
  • Power Converters for Linac Magnets 
  • Wire Scanner Acquisition
National Research Council of Italy (CNR)
  • Target Irradiation Module
  • Design, procurement, manufacturing and delivery of part of the instruments VESPA and T-REX.