Today ESS, the European Spallation Source ERIC, welcomed His Majesty the King of Sweden and His Excellency the President of the Republic of France Emmanuel Macron as part of the French State Visit to Sweden (30–31 January 2024).
The distinguished guests were welcomed by Director General Helmut Schober and Swedish Minister for Education Mats Persson.
The two delegations included the Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström, French Minister for Higher Education and Research Sylvie Retailleau, President of the National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS) Antoine Petit, General Administrator of the Atomic Energy and Renewable Energies Commission (CEA) François Jacq, French Ambassador to Sweden Etienne de Gonneville and Swedish Ambassador to France Håkan Åkesson.
The two-day State Visit, began in Stockholm and concluded in Skåne, aimed at providing an opportunity to enhance cooperation in the areas of innovation and green transition, trade and investment, as well as defence and security.
In this framework of scientific research and innovation, the visit to ESS provided opportunities to showcase many excellent examples of partnerships.
The delegation visited the ESS accelerator, a key part of the neutron facility that hosts components delivered through French-Swedish collaborations, such as the superconducting Spoke Cryomodules. A special light display demonstrated where the future proton beam will move and accelerate through the cryomodules.
In parallel to the visit to the facility, members of the Swedish and French delegations had the opportunity to meet senior management representatives, getting to know more about ESS, the status of the construction and the science programme that it will enable, for the benefit of European science and innovation.
“We are deeply honoured to welcome to ESS His Majesty the King of Sweden and His Excellency the President of the Republic of France Emmanuel Macron”, says Director General Helmut Schober. “Our organisation, rooted in Sweden and Denmark, is a vibrant example of successful international collaboration, where France, with the other member countries, contributes its unique knowledge and expertise to push the boundaries of European science, technology and innovation.”
Pictures from the state visit are available for download in the ESS Media Bank.