On Thursday, October 9, the European Spallation Source (ESS) welcomed several hundred members of the European science community to mark the successful collaboration that has brought the project to construction. The event was broadcast live and is available on demand below.
Downloadable excerpts of the event can be found on the press page, along with photos and other materials.
Live stream of the Foundation Stone Ceremony from the ESS construction site.
Foundation Stone Ceremony (ESS Construction Site) Odarslövsvägen 113, Lund-Brunnshög
13:00 Opening —Lisa Kirsebom, Moderator
Welcome and Speeches
James H. Yeck, Director General and CEO, ESS
Prof. Lars Börjesson, Chairman of the ESS Steering Committee, Vice President of
Chalmers University and Professor of Condensed Matter Physics
Prof. John Womersley, Chairman of ESFRI, CEO of Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK
14:00 Laying the Foundation
ESS is a consortium of European nations cooperating in the design and construction of one of Europe’s largest active infrastructure projects. The October 9 event follows the ESS groundbreaking held in early September, when the host countries, Sweden and Denmark, recognised their successful establishment of the pan-European political and economic partnership for ESS.
Following on two decades of increasingly sophisticated technical design work, scientists, engineers, project managers and builders have now embarked on the construction of the most powerful neutron source in the world. ESS will provide the tools for analysis that will enable the next important discoveries in nanotechnology, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, materials engineering and experimental physics.