On January 18-19, the European Spallation Source (ESS) hosted a two-day workshop with representatives from the Japan Proton Accelerator Complex (J-PARC) to share information on the current status of each facility and exchange knowledge across the technologies of the accelerator, target, and neutron instruments as well as the safe operation of the respective facilities.
The European Spallation Source and J-PARC have been working together since 2012, and the collaboration was formally renewed last year with the signing of a Memorandum of Collaboration (MoC) to strengthen the cooperation between the two facilities. The MoC provides the framework for exchanges such as last month’s workshop.
Also visiting ESS in January was a Japanese delegation including the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Yoshimasa Hayashi, and Jun Yamazaki, the Japanese Ambassador to Sweden, as part of a joint tour including the MAX IV synchrotron and Medicon Village. The delegation was met by the Swedish State Secretary to the Minister for Higher Education and Research, Karin Röding. ESS Director General John Womersley and Technical Coordinator Masatoshi Arai welcomed the visitors on behalf of ESS.