The workshop covered many aspects of neutron scattering and its application to a wide range of basic and applied science. The topics covered generated a large amount of discussion around future scientific projects between ISIS and Chinese researchers.
The potential of these projects has been significantly enhanced by the availability of Newton funding to support Chinese usage of the ISIS facility. Such access is particularly timely for the development of the Chinese neutron scattering community as the first Chinese spallation neutron source becomes available in 2018.
The workshop also provided an opportunity to sign a formal agreement between the Institute of High Energy Physics (IHEP) and STFC under the framework of the UK-China Research and Innovation partnership fund.
Prof Robert McGreevy (ISIS director) and Prof Yuanbo Chen (vice-director IHEP) signing the agreement between IHEP and STFC.
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“Building an expert user community takes many years – this will help our Chinese colleagues to accelerate that process and to better exploit CSNS, and the CARR and CMRR research reactors,” said Robert McGreevy, ISIS Director.
It was clear from the enthusiasm of both the Chinese and ISIS attendees that there exists significant opportunities to strengthen and expand this collaboration and we can look forward to future workshops and the science they deliver.