Source: esss.se (link). Scientific Advisory Committee. The November SAC meeting gave definition to the scope, cost and schedule for instruments in development at ESS, establishing the path to commissioning.
COPENHAGEN—At the February IKON meeting in Düsseldorf, Andreas Schreyer, the newly arrived Science Director for the European Spallation Source (ESS), set out the goals for the coming year: align the scope and budget for all 16 instruments in the construction budget; realign the entire Neutron Scattering Systems (NSS) budget; and develop a realistic schedule for instrument construction, including a recommendation for which instruments would come online first. The ultimate goal to present to the ESS Council at their year-end meeting a clear way forward to achieve early scientific success at ESS while remaining within the NSS ringed-fence budget.

The results of the nine months of study, compromise, and value engineering required to achieve these goals were presented earlier this month at the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) two-day meeting in Copenhagen. The Committee’s support for the NSS proposals has cleared the path for Schreyer’s presentation to Council at their December 5 and 6 meeting in Bilbao, Spain.

“This SAC meeting was important, and very good,” said Schreyer. “It was comprehensive, covering all instrument projects as well as the proposed moderator configuration, the bunker project, and the Operations cost review. There were sessions scheduled late into the evening and the discussions were constructive. The SAC complimented us on the quality of preparations for the meeting.”
Instrument Scope-Setting Results
At the heart of the Committee meeting, held November 9 and 10, were the results of the ESS instrument scope-setting meetings held primarily in October, with a handful completed earlier in the year. These were small meetings between the instrument teams and NSS. Each instrument began with a proposed scope, budget and schedule that were then negotiated to a point of mutual satisfaction. Additionally, an upgrade path to full scope was agreed.
“I’m happy to say that we reached an agreement with most of the teams on the day of the meeting, and in the remaining cases after further discussions,” said Schreyer. “More importantly, the agreed scope for every instrument means that it will be best-in-class on day one.” Read the full article here.