Professor Ryoji Noyori and Professor Keith Mason renewed the RIKEN-RAL agreement until 2018 on 2 July 2010. The RIKEN-RAL muon collaboration is the longest running science project between the UK and Japan.
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The introduction to this years Annual Report by ISIS Director, Andrew Taylor.
ISIS celebrated 25 years of successful neutron production last December.
What a long way we have come since 1984! Not just in terms of the instrument suite – a fully-developed first target station, and a brand-new second target station with seven operating instruments and potential for so much more – but in terms of the science we have delivered. And what advances in science! I doubt that we would have predicted, 25 years ago, that ISIS would be exploring materials used to repair cleft palates, or for drug delivery, or protein arrays for medical diagnosis. Or the myriad other applications that neutron scattering now has, in addition to the more traditional areas of superconductivity and magnetism. Who knows what will the next 25 years hold!
One sign of a mature science facility is the partnerships that it has fostered. ISIS is no exception: collaboration with researchers from The Netherlands to realise the Offspec reflectometer; or Nimrod developed with colleagues from Italy; or Spanish colleagues building the tank for LET and detectors for Pearl; or the upgrade of Polaris with scientists from Sweden – to name but a few. And this year we celebrated 20 years of muon science collaboration with the RIKEN institute of Japan through the RIKEN-RAL muon facility. Prof Ryoji Noyori, Nobel Laureate and President of RIKEN, signed an agreement which will continue our partnership for many years to come.
But it is people that enable all this to happen. Members of the user community become collaborators and close colleagues, working with ISIS staff to produce science of the highest quality. The ISIS team consists of hundreds of people – many seen here – each with individual skills and expertise that combine to make ISIS the world-leading facility that it is. It is invidious to single out any individual staff member, but recognition this year must be paid to Harry Jones, Head of the ISIS Target Division, who retired after a career spanning five decades. Awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours this year for his services to science, he exemplified the qualities needed to manage a project of the scale and complexity of the Second Target Station.
Celebrating 25 years of ISIS
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As I write, ISIS is within a long shut-down period. We are refurbishing parts of the accelerator and proton beamline systems to provide for many future years of running. And we are further developing our instrument suite through upgrades to Polaris and Pearl, and are eagerly awaiting the next phase of second target instruments. There are undoubtedly tough times ahead, and ISIS will not be immune from the
current financial squeeze. But we are looking forward to further great science in 2011 – and for a long time beyond!
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