On 2-3 March 2016, The Board of the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN) visited ESS to discuss collaboration opportunities. The overall goal of the meeting was to identify synergies and work towards a Belgian membership in the European Spallation Source ERIC.
The full day programme consisted of a general overview and update of ESS with a focus on In-Kind Contribution opportunities and the European Spallation Source ERIC governance. The In-Kind presentation provided insight into the overall process while also presenting currently still available In-Kind Contribution opportunities. The European Spallation Source ERIC governance presentation summarised the newly established ERIC structures and corresponding administration. The programme also included a bus tour of the ESS construction site and discussions at the site offices.
A collaboration between ESS and the MYRRHA (Multi-purpose hybrid research reactor for high-tech applications) project could bring many benefits to both facilities through technology synergies and industrial opportunities. The discussion was constructive and the general interest of Belgian scientific and industrial partners to contribute In-Kind Contributions is encouraging. ESS looks forward to supporting all efforts to transition Belgium from a Founding Observer to a Founding Member of the European Spallation Source ERIC.