The ESS project is supported by a number of independent advisory committees who report to the European Spallation Source ERIC Council.
Composed of up to two delegates from each Member Country, the AFC advises the Council on all matters relating to administrative and legal issues and financial management. The Chair of the Committee is appointed by the Council.
The AFC oversees all major administrative and financial functions of ESS, and gives advice and recommendations for decisions to the ERIC Council.
The AFC's main duties include:
Monitoring and giving advice regarding organisational, financial legal and staff issues .
Reviewing documents for European Spallation Source ERIC Council meetings containing recommendations for decisions .
Reviewing and preparing recommendations regarding a legal framework and an administrative organisation for the ESS facility .
Working out rules and procedures for partners joining the facility and the ERIC Council at a later stage, e.g. during operation of the facility.
In addition, the AFC will, among other things, examine the plans for the procedures for in-kind contributions and the balance between cash and in-kind contributions, as well as the manpower and staff profiles for the construction and operation phases of ESS.
The AFC is composed of up to two delegates of each European Spallation Source ERIC Member Country. The Chair of the Committee is appointed by the ERIC Council.
- Stéphanie Le Van (Chair)
- Xavier Reymond (Vice Chair)
State Secretariat for Education, Research & Innovation
- Ondrej Svoboda
Nuclear Physics Institute of CAS
- Line Bekker Poulsen
Ministry of Higher Education and Science
- Morten Scharff
Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation
- Priit Tamm
Research Council of Estonia
- Phillippe Sassier
- Roxanne Casemayou
- Johanna Brandenburg
Research Centre, Jülich
- Ingo Pfeil
Ministry of Education & Research - BMBF
- Balazs Kápli
National Research, Development and Innovation Office Hungary
- Antonella Tajani
Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche e Tecnologie della Materia - CNR
- Ileana Gimmillaro
Elettra - Sincrotrone Trieste S.C.p.A.
- Odd Ivar Eriksen
The Research Council of Norway
- Michal Rybinski
Ministry of Higher Education & Research
- Michal Wojtowicz
National Centre for Nuclear Research
- Guadalupe Córdoba Lasuncion
Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness
- Javier Losada
- Johan Holmberg
- Philippa Kingston
UK Research and Innovation
- Laura Woodward
UK Research and Innovation
The IKRC is charged with the general responsibility of evaluating the in-kind contribution proposals and making recommendations thereupon to the Council. The Council approves all in-kind contracts based on these recommendations. Each country participating in the Council is represented in the IKRC by one delegate. The Chair and Vice-Chair are nominated by the Committee and approved by the Council.
The IKRC oversees all In-Kind Contributions (IKC) to ESS, including the corresponding implementation of rules and legal framework for the agreement, and implementation and final accreditation of IKC. The IKRC assesses the deliverables of the Work Packages as defined in the planned agreements, and evaluates whether those are in line with the ESS Programme Plan. Upon successful evaluation, the contracts are recommended for acceptance to the ERIC Council.
The Committee reviews issues related to the implementation of IKC and recommends actions to address any required changes that could affect the overall cost, scope, or schedule of the ESS project.
After delivery, the IKRC will perform a final review of the IKC and recommend it for final acceptance to the ERIC Council. Subject to this approval, the Member Country will be accredited the IKC value as part of its total contribution to ESS.
Each country participating in the ERIC Council is represented in the IKRC by one delegate. The Chair and Vice-Chair are nominated by the Committee and approved by the Council.
- Robert McGreevy (Chair)
Science and Technology Facilities Council
- Fiamma García-Toriello
- Petr Šittner
Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic - Institute of Physics
- Søren Pape Møller
ISA, Centre for Storage Ring Facilities, Aarhus University
- Piret Pikma
- Alain Menelle
Laboratoire Léon Brillouin
- Tania Claudio Weber
University of Milano-Bicocca
- Erik Wahlström
Department of Physics at Norwegian University of Science and Technology
- Dariusz Bocian
Institute of Nuclear Physics, Polish Academy of Science
- Jens Birch
- Peter Allenspach
Paul Scherrer Institute
- Johnny Hope Smith
The SAC consists of outstanding scientists not employed by or otherwise immediately connected with ESS, and advises the Council in scientific matters and other matters of importance for ESS. The members of the SAC and its Chair are appointed by the Council.
The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) is an independent advisory committee providing advice and giving recommendations to the ESS project. The SAC independently assesses the scientific goals and the overall layout, and advises on the scientific objectives, of ESS.
The SAC provides independent advice, in particular, on all relevant scientific and technical issues related to the instrument suite and the desired characteristics of the neutron beams and the accelerator performance, as well as facilities for scientific support and the scientific operation of the facility.
The SAC is composed of potential users from the science communities that will use ESS neutron beams, and scientists with expertise in neutron scattering methods, and represents the user community at large.
The SAC reports to the European Spallation Source ERIC Council. Members of the SAC are outstanding scientists not employed by or otherwise immediately connected with ESS. The members of the SAC and its Chair are appointed by the Council.
- Michael Preuss (Chair)
- Victoria Garcia Sakai (Vice-Chair)
- Elizabeth Blackburn
- Juan Colmenero De León
Universidad del País Vasco
- Emmanuelle Dubois
- Klaus Habicht
Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin
- Bella Lake
Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht
- Pascal Manuel
- Alberto Mengoni
ENEA & CERN
- Hentik Rønnow
- Giorgio Schiro
- Bill Stirling
Former Director of ILL and ESRF
- Daniel Söderberg
- Luise Theil-Kuhn
- Alessandro Triolo
National Research Council
- Jonathan White
- Fred E. Wietfeldt
- Mirijam Zobel
University of Bayreuth
The TAC consists of outstanding experts not employed by or otherwise immediately connected with ESS, and advises the Council in technical matters and other matters of importance for ESS. The members of the TAC and its Chair are appointed by the Council.
The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) is an independent advisory committee who provide advice and recommendations to the ESS project. The TAC provides independent advice, external moderation and assessment on the technical specification and goals to be achieved by ESS based on the most recent knowledge and experience worldwide.
The TAC deals with all technical aspects and parameters of the accelerator and target, moderators and ancillary systems, and the related infrastructure with a view to construct, operate and decommission the facility in Lund, as well as assessing the technical design of the facility and providing advice on how to optimise and improve its performance in accordance with the scientific goals.
The TAC is made up of representatives with international expertise in all technologies relevant to the production of neutron beams at ESS during all phases of the project, and who are appointed based on their expertise.
The TAC reports to the European Spallation Source ERIC Council. Members of the TAC are outstanding experts not employed by or otherwise immediately connected with ESS. The members of the TAC and its Chair are appointed by the Council.
- Alberto Facco (Chair)
- Mei Bai (Co-Chair)
- Robin Ferdinand
- Sara Thorin
- Joachim Grillenberger
- Igor Syratchev
- Mike Glover
- Glen Johns
- Markus Janousch (Co-Chair)
- Cyrille Berthe
- Eugenia Hatziangeli
- Freddie Akeroyd
- Kevin Jones
- Graeme Murdoch (Co-Chair)
- Michael Butzek
- Jürgen Neuhaus
- Masatoshi Futakawa
- Christian Nyfeler
- Eric Pitcher
Chair's Committee - CC
The Chair's Committee (CC) provides advice to, and serves as a sounding board for, the Director General on emerging issues, challenges, and initiatives that ultimately may require the Council’s attention. The CC has no general decision-making mandate unless explicitly delegated this by the Council, which is on an ad-hoc basis.
- Lars Börjesson
- Kurt Clausen
- Aldo Covelli
- Marie-Hélène Mathon
- Bo Smith
- Beatrix Vierkorn-Rudolph
- Helmut Schober
- Florian Weissbach
Committee on Employment Conditions - CEC
The Committee on Employment Conditions (CEC) monitor all aspects related to employment conditions on behalf of the Council, as well as provide advise to the Director general on employments conditions.
- Beatrix Vierkorn-Rudolph
- Lukas Levak
- Martin Müller
- Katarina Bjelke
Host State Observer
- Bo Smith
Host State Observer
Project Advisory Committee - PAC
The PAC is composed of highly qualified and experienced experts relevant for project oversight of construction of large scientific or similar complex technical facilities but not employed by or otherwise immediately connected to the Organisation. The PAC members, including the PAC Chair, are appointed by Council.
The PAC's main duties include, amongst others:
- advice on all project management related issues
- monitoring effective and optimal use of the resources for fulfilling the goals of the project relating to cost, schedule, and scope, in particular for achieving first science
- indicate remedial actions needed to address any problems as they arise
- advice on project control, risk and contingency management
- Mark Reichanadter (Chair)
- Reinhard Brinkmann
- Diane Hatton
- Stuart Henderson
- Winfried Petry
FRM II (ret.)
- Lina Rodriguez-Rodrigo
- Christiane Alba Simionesco
- Pedro Fernandes Tavares
Executive Advisory Board - EAB
European Spallation Source has established an Executive Advisory Board made up of leading business leaders and industry representatives who act as advisors on how cooperation with industry is best forged. The mission is to support ESS as an agent of change with regard 21st century global challenges via good collaboration with the industrial community. Success in this area is an essential factor for the success of both the facility and the member states.
Taking full advantage of the scientific results that will come from research at ESS and transforming it into societal value requires a strong connection between ESS and both industry and governments within the member states. The members are chosen based on their international experience, and the group will expand with additional members from all member countries.
LARS BÖRJESSON, CHAIRMAN
Lars Börjesson is professor of Physics and formerly vice president at Chalmers. He is a member of ESS Council, vice chairman of the Global Radio-Telescope in Australia and South Africa (SKA) and a board member of SSPA. Lars Börjesson founded ESS Scandinavia and was the first chair of ESS Council. He has also been chairman of MAX IV, vice chair of European X-Ray Free Laser and Secretary General at the Swedish Research Council.
Håkan Björklund is chairman of the listed company Sobi and board member of Bone Support. He has extensive experience from senior positions in Danish and Swedish life science companies and has been regional director at AstraZeneca, CEO of Nycomed and chairman of Lundbeck. He has also been a board member of Atos Medical, Biovitrum and Coloplast. Håkan Björklund has a doctorate in neuroscience from Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm.
Arne Karlsson is chairman of the Swedish corporate governance board and the private companies Ecolean, Einar Mattsson and ROL. He is director of the board at the Danish A.P. Moller Maersk Group. Arne Karlsson served for many years as CEO and chairman of Ratos. He has also been chair of SNS, a think tank for decision-makers, leaders and academics. Arne Karlsson has as Bachelor in Business and Economics, Stockholm School of Economics.
Bert Nordberg is chairman of the board of the Danish group Vestas Wind Systems and director of the board of SCA, Saab Group and Essity. Bert Nordberg is also chairman and co-founder of Sigma Connectivity. He was President & CEO of Sony Ericsson and chairman of Sony Mobile, positions that followed a long career with Ericsson. Bert Nordberg received degrees in Electronic Engineering and as Engineer and has completed courses at INSEAD.
Lena Olving is chairman of the board at Academic Work, the Royal Opera and Scandinova and director of the board of Assa Abloy, Latour, Munters and NXP. Lena Olving has been CEO of Mycronic, COO / deputy CEO of Saab AB and served in the Executive Management Team of Volvo Cars. She is fellow and board member of the business council of Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. Lena Olving holds a degree as Master of Science at Chalmers.
Björn Savén is the founder of IK Investment Partners and was chief executive/chairman of IK 1989-2016. Earlier Savén held senior positions at Esselte Group. He has served as chairman of the board of Konecranes and vice chairman of Alfa-Laval, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) and of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in London. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a degree from Stockholm School of Economics.
Maria Strömme is professor at Uppsala University and Head of the Nanotechnology and Functional Materials division at the Ångström Laboratory. She is co-founder and board member of Disruptive Materials AB and Disruptive Pharma AB, Chair of Upptech, board member of Industrifonden and the University of Oslo. She is also a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences , the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences as well as the Norwegian Academy of Engineering Sciences and the Norwegian Academy of Sciences.
Johan Söderström is EVP and Head of Regions EMEA within Hitachi ABB Power Grids and chairman of the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (MISTRA). He joined ASEA in 1986 and has held various global and local management positions for the ABB Group. He was EVP at Munters AB and chairman of the board of Swedish Engineering Industries. Johan Söderström holds an M.Sc. in Industrial Management and Engineering.