18 July 2011

ESS Science Symposia launched at the Niels Bohr International Academy in Copenhagen

The first ESS Science Symposium took place in the last week of June at the Niels Bohr International Academy (NBIA) in Copenhagen. This NBIA Meeting on ESS Science launches a series of annual workshops bringing together recognized experts to promote advanced training for young post-graduates, postdocs and researchers wishing to develop practical approaches to neutron scattering.

The planning of the future ESS science has started, and over the coming years it will include an extensive dialogue with the science community on the scientific opportunities and challenges for research with neutrons at ESS.

The first meeting was organized by Heloisa N. Bordallo (NBI), Juergen Eckert (USF), Gerd Buntkowsky (TU Darmstadt) and Janez Mavri (National Institute of Chemistry Ljubljana). This workshop-school was devoted to the combined application of neutron scattering, NMR, and molecular dynamics simulations (MD) to the study of dynamics of molecules in condensed matter. The meeting was sponsored by the Niels Bohr International Academy, ESS, the PhD School of the University of Copenhagen, HB and the Øresund Materials Innovation Community Programme. Through the Science Symposia initiative ESS will sponsor European scientists who want to engage in the planning of the future ESS science.

The European Spallation Source will be a research facility for materials and life science, based on the world's most powerful neutron source, and a world-leading research tool for the European science community.
The ESS will give European scientists unprecedented research opportunities, and now it is time to get involved in building up the future science, says Dimitri Argyriou, ESS Science Director.

Niels Bohr International Academy 

Although the European Spallation Source in Lund will not be ready before 2019, it is already now time to plan ahead. The Niels Bohr International Academy wishes to play an essential role in establishing a theory group in ESS Science even before the opening of the experimental facility.

Professor Poul Henrik Damgaard, NBIA Director.

The annual series of ESS Science Symposia that was launched in June is just one first step in this direction. Next steps include Visiting Professor Appointments, as well as scientific programs at the NBIA of longer duration. "The idea of establishing a theory group in ESS-related science at the Niels Bohr International Academy, at least in the start-up phase of the ESS, is very natural", says NBIA Director Poul Henrik Damgaard. "The strong traditions in theoretical physics in a broad range of fields at the Niels Bohr Institute is an obvious advantage, and at the NBIA we will be delighted to act as host and provide the needed cross-disciplinary environment".

The meeting was opened with a lecture by the Emeritus Professor of Physical Chemistry of the University of Groningen, Herman J.C. Berendsen, a pioneer in the application of MD simulations to NMR. The students were given tutorials in the use of several kinds of MD software for biology and physical chemistry and presented the results of their exercises at the end of meeting. The concluding lecture was delivered by Don Engelman, Eugene Higgins Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale on discovering a pathway from bilayers to membranes to targeting tumors.