We are pleased to announce the call for expressions of interest (EOI) for the Canadian Institute for Neutron Scattering Long Range Plan for 2022-2050 (LRP2022). EOIs are due January 31th, 2022, via firstname.lastname@example.org
The LRP2022 will review the Canadian landscape of neutron beams for materials research, and will produce a list of recommended priorities for the decades to come. The CINS LRP2022 will provide single vision and unified voice for the highest priority projects in materials research using neutron beams in Canada to 2050.
We have launched a solicitation for EOIs to inform the LRP process. Chair’s of discipline specific sub-committees will review the EOIs and follow-up workshops will be held to refine the key neutron beam related needs for the different sub-committees to be synthesized into the LRP document.
Expressions of interest: An expression of interest (EOI) must be submitted in advance of the workshops. Please follow the template provided here. A EOI will be most effective and useful if it concisely summaries the idea, need or issue that the sub-committee chairs should be considering for prioritization.
Scope of EOIs: Topics may include (but are not limited to): * instrumental needs * foreign engagement * auxiliary support * science programs, science topics and science themes * instrument design and development * data analysis, data management and data storage * funding issues (e.g. NSERC, CFI, funding policy for major research facilities) * outreach, education and teaching * training, careers, demographics and professional development * equity, diversity and inclusion
Sub-Committees: * Quantum Materials * Soft Matter * Energy Materials * Imaging * Industry
Authorship: Each EOI must have a designated author for contact purposes. Anonymous submissions will not be considered.
The 2021 CINS Annual General Meeting will be held virtually.The meeting will run Monday, November 29th and Tuesday, November 30th, 2021 from 2 pm to 4 pm (Eastern).For more details please refer to the meeting website at: cins.ca/agm-2021.We look forward to seeing you virtually in November!
Day 1 Monday, November 29
Welcoming remarks – Drew Marquardt (2pm-2:05)
Remembering Bill Buyers – Zahra Yamani (2:05-2:20)
CINS Business – Drew Marquardt (2:20-2:50)
Introduce new Board
Science Council Elections
CFI-IF 2020 Update – Bruce Gaulin (2:50-3:25)
CFI-IF 2023 Update – Drew Marquardt (3:25-4pm)
Day 2 Tuesday, November 30
Welcoming remarks (2pm-2:05)
Neutron Scattering Long Range Plan Launch – Bruce Gaulin (2:05 pm-3 pm)
Over the past two years, the University of Windsor has led a pan-Canadian effort to address Canada’s ongoing neutron needs in the CFI-IF 2023 competition. Considering previous engagements and the discussion at recent workshops, the CINS Executive Board proposed the following statement in support of the proposal to seek additional funding from CFI resources. In the subsequent online survey, CINS members were over 97% in favour of the statement.
Statement CINS supports the University of Windsor’s multi-university, multi-disciplinary proposal to the CFI 2023 Innovation Fund (IF), entitled “Building a Future for Canadian Neutron Scattering, Phase 2,” because it is an essential contribution to the emerging national neutron strategy.
CINS has cooperated with the Canadian Neutron Initiative (CNI) working group in the development of a strategy to rebuild Canadian capacity for materials research with neutron beams. The Canadian neutron beam community is aligning around this strategy and is optimistic about the future, as demonstrated by active participation in the CNI national roundtable meeting in December 2020, and the CINS CFI & Road Map planning workshop in March 2021. The recent success of the pan-Canadian McMaster-led CFI 2020 IF award (i.e. Phase 1) represents a significant contribution towards the national neutron strategy. This award will dramatically expand neutron scattering capacities at the McMaster Nuclear Reactor, Canada’s only domestic source of neutron beams, and provide increased access for Canadian scientists at high brightness neutron sources abroad. Although this is an excellent start towards addressing Canada’s neutron needs, much more investment is still required to meet the national demand.
“Building a Future for Canadian Neutron Scattering, Phase 2” has emerged as the natural next step for building Canadian neutron infrastructure, and the goals of this proposal already enjoy broad support among the user community. It advances key objectives of the national neutron strategy, including foreign partnerships that will leverage access to more critically-needed beam time and provide Canadians with world-leading capabilities complementary to those secured in Phase 1. It will also include the development of a prototype compact accelerator-based neutron source, which will enable Canada to explore the potential of this source technology and determine its place among the options for new domestic neutron sources in the long-term. This prototype will add to Canada’s domestic neutron beam capabilities in the areas of neutron diffraction and Boron Neutron Capture Therapy. It will also play a unique role in developing Canadian expertise in pulsed neutron sources and instrumentation.
In order to brighten the future of neutron scattering for Canada, CINS will work with project leaders to organize and facilitate the necessary workshops to plan, and engage the community in, this project.
The Centre for Molecular and Materials Science (CMMS) at TRIUMF is organizing a virtual 2-day workshop for Thursday, June 3rd and Friday, June 4th. The motivation for this workshop is that TRIUMF is engaged in developing a 20-year vision for the laboratory and our stakeholders. There have been several areas where the community would benefit from contributions from TRIUMF, both scientifically and on technical elements. This in turn would provide the community enhanced options for studies outside of the existing program in μSR and βNMR, building new capabilities and synergies. All these ideas need to be put in context of national and international developments and competitiveness.
This workshop is designed to enable researchers, professors and scientists at Canadian institutions and facilities to present and discuss developments, and learn from ideas at other facilities and in other research areas. It will provide opportunities for coordination and identification of new concepts. The workshop will have sessions on the following topics:
Thursday, June 3rd (all times in PDT) 08:00 – 10:00 Session 1: Novel capabilities with μSR 10:30 – 12:30 Session 2: Neutron scattering (with an accelerator-based source) 13:00 – 15:00 Session 3: Polarized radioactive isotopes 15:30 – 17:30 Session 4: Muonic X-ray analysis and μ-SR
Friday, June 4th (all times in PDT) 08:00 – 10:00 Session 5: Positron annihilation spectroscopy 10:30 – 12:30 Session 6: THz spectroscopy in Canada 13:00 – 15:00 Session 7: Synchrotron light sources 15:30 – 17:30 Session 8: μSR idea and concepts
Each session will have three 30-minute talks followed by 30 minutes for discussion. Between each session there will be a 30-minute break, where additional discussions can occur. A link to the Indico site can be found here: https://meetings.triumf.ca/indico/event/231/. We are currently confirming the last of the invited speakers and contribution titles.
While there is no registration fee, registration is required for attendance to this conference. Please register by 11:59pm PST on Sunday, May 30th via the Indico site above. All registrants will be contacted via email on Monday, May 31st with the Zoom connection information.
The Canadian Institute for Neutron Scattering (CINS) is thrilled for the neutron beam community to receive a $14.25 million Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Innovation Fund grant project called, Building a Future for Canadian Neutron Scattering.
“Researchers who use neutron beams are contributing to many key areas of technological innovation that is important to Canadians – from reducing greenhouse emissions, fighting cancer and antibiotic resistance to auto parts manufacturing – just to name a few,” says Drew Marquardt, president of the Canadian Institute for Neutron Scattering.
CINS along with the Canadian Neutron Initiative have helped coordinate this multi-institutional project by bringing together the Canadian neutron beam community.
“Projects of this scope cannot succeed without the entire community behind you,” says project lead Bruce Gaulin.
“This grant breathes new life into the neutron scattering community in Canada. It will provide, not only, valuable material research tools but the ability to train the next generation of Canadian scientists ‘at home.’”
About CINS CINS is a not-for-profit, voluntary organization that represents the Canadian scientific community of neutron beam users and promotes research using neutron beams. Discover neutrons for materials research at: http://cins.ca/discover/
On December 15 and 16, 2020, leading scientists from across Canada gathered virtually to shape this “national neutron strategy” at a round-table organized by the Canadian Neutron Initiative (CNI)and CIFAR, with support from the European Spallation Source and the Fedoruk Centre.
63 Canadian researchers responded to our survey of how they are able to meet their research needs with neutron beams. We’re tabulating the responses to see how things are in the two years since the closure of the CNBC.
On 2020 January 29, the Vice Presidents of Research or their designates from 16 Canadian universities met in Ottawa to discuss a proposed new pan-Canadian, university-led framework to manage Canada’s infrastructure, international partnerships, projects, and programs for materials research with neutron beams.
The report builds on the consensus of the meeting that Canada should maintain its leadership role in materials research with neutron beams. It has an extensive list of policy resources, and discussion of example strategic roadmaps from Europe and elsewhere.
On January 29, Fifteen senior executives of Canada’s research universities met in Ottawa with Dr Mona Nemer, Canada’s Chief Science Advisor, and several of our European colleagues to discuss how to establish a new cross-Canadian university-led organization to manage Canada’s infrastructure for materials research with neutron beams.
BrightnESS², the European Union-funded project within the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme, wrote a report of the meeting, which included John Womersley, ESS Director General, and ILL Director Helmut Schober.