ESS Socio-Economic Impact Report 2013-2018

Erika Susan Dietrichson, Jason Li-Ying, Lenka Unge, Ute Gunsenheimer

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Europe’s Research Infrastructures (RIs) enable major scientific breakthrough and incubate the discoveries that foster innovation. Given the overwhelming public consensus on the need to address the societal challenges facing Europe and the world, RIs must embrace the responsibility to create and sustain societal impact. Within this context, the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures’ (ESFRI) “Strategic Report on Research Infrastructures” (Roadmap 2018) recommends that European RIs establish effective means to determine their economic and wider social value, and prioritise the development of indicators and measures that help to establish causality between RIs and socio-economic impact (SEI).
Once fully operational, the European Spallation Source (ESS) ERIC will be an international, multidisciplinary research facility based on the world’s most powerful neutron source. The facility is under construction in Lund, Sweden, with its Data Management and Software Centre (DMSC) located nearby in Copenhagen, Denmark.
In 2015, ESS became the first European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) established in Scandinavia. ESS is currently in the Construction Phase (2013-2025), running in parallel to the Initial Operations Phase (2019-
Embedded in the ESS vision and mission statement is the goal to achieve not only scientific breakthrough, but also to generate a wide range of societal and economic impacts through research activities, public dissemination of knowledge, reinforcement and extension of scientific networks, societal outreach, promotion of economic growth in local regions, procurement of innovative technologies, and research collaborations with scientific organisations and with industry. The impacts of these activities are expected to be evident directly on the Member Countries and to extend indirectly across many additional countries and regions in the long run.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEuropean Spallation Source
Number of pages67
Publication statusPublished - 2022


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