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NEPHEWS project

NEutrons and PHotons Elevating Worldwide Science - NEPHEWS is a project that integrate together two European Users Organizations, ESUO and ENSA, with two largest and most advanced consortia LEAPS and LENS. The idea of this project is to develop a new way of cooperation, where neutron facilities works side by side with LEAPS Infrastructures. Additionally, NEPHEWS will give a voice to users through a pioneering User-to-User approach, providing ESUO and ENSA with a leading role in the development of the project.

As of January 1, 2024, a new project "NEPHEWS - Neutrons and Photons Elevating Worldwide Science" has emerged on the European map, led by NCPS SOLARIS. This initiative holds significant importance  for Poland within the Horizon Europe Program, marked by Polish coordination, broad partnership and unique substantive scope.
The project primary objective is to grant researchers access to cutting-edge  European photon source (LEAPS - League of European Accelerator-based Photon Sources)  and neutron source (LENS- League of advanced European Neutron Sources). This access aims to enhance collaboration with User communities in supported countries and foster research excellence.
Close cooperation with ESUO (European Synchrotron and Free Electron Laser User Organization) and ENSA (European Neutron Scattering Association) representing over 40 thousand Users, underscore the project's commitment to meeting the specific needs of these communities throughout their scientific career development. Geographically, the NEPHEWS project prioritizes European developing countries (Widening countries), Ukraine, and Africa.
The project employs a bottom-up, User-centered approach to create an integrated landscape of photon and neutron research infrastructures and their European User communities. This approach is unprecedented in the scale of European collaborative networks.
Grafika 1. Struktura projektu NEPHEWS

Photo 1. NEPHEWS project structure.

The NEPHEWS project boasts a partnership comprising 21 research facilities and two user organizations. Over the 36-month project duration:
  • Experienced Users will be allocated more than 38,000 hours of beamtime to conduct experiments on project-provided beamlines.
  • New Users in the User-twinning program can join experienced User groups, engaging in experiments to deepen their knowledge of measurement techniques and facility usage in their scientific careers.
  • Young scientists can undertake week-long internships at large-scale research centers affiliated with the project, gaining essential scientific and research knowledge.
  • Training courses will be developed for all young scientists, covering a range of topics. Day 1 focuses on experiment possibilities, while Day 2 addresses procedures for infrastructure access, including guidelines for preparing successful beamtime applications.
  • Scientists from selected African countries will have access to training opportunities, including attendance at the HERCULES school to enhance their scientific knowledge.
  • Cooperation will be established with ministries and national science and research funding agencies from widening countries to raise awareness of research funding importance and foster cooperation with User communities.
These tasks will be executed through extensive promotional and informational activities targeting the project's stakeholders and specific user groups. The NEPHEWS project aims to integrate groundbreaking research infrastructure landscape, fostering collaboration and excellence in photon and neutron research across Europe.

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