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GEMS is involved in many networks and collaborations. Strong links exist to regional universities, both through joint appointments with the universities of Hamburg, Christian Albrechts University (CAU) Kiel and the TU Clausthal, as well as through joint third party projects. Some important projects are listed in the following:


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The H2020 ACCELERATE (Accelerating Europe`s Leading Research Infrastructures) project supports the sustainability of research infrastructures (RIs) through the development of practices and legal and administrative tools for more effective management and operation of RIs. The focus will be on ERIC (European Research Infrastructure Consortium) facilities and, in particular, on the CERIC-ERIC (CERIC, Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium), an RI for fundamental and applied research on novel materials and biomaterials spread over several Central European countries.The organizational structures to be developed for this purpose will be tested in pilot activities before being expanded step by step. more



The aim of the CALIPSOplus project is to remove barriers for access to world-class accelerator-based light sources in Europe and in the Middle East. To this end more than 82,500 hours of trans-national access are provided to these research infrastructures and specific programmes are in place to teach new users how to successfully use synchrotrons and FELs. Dissemination activities targeting industry are complemented by tailor-made support and access programmes for this user group. In parallel the consortium is collaborating on constantly developing technology to keep the facilities at the cutting-edge. more


Carots Cmyk

The CAROTS (Commercial Analytical Research Organizational Transnational Strategy, Hereon: EUR 375.66k) project began on January 1, 2019. The aim is to promote the collaboration of major research facilities (synchrotron and neutron sources) with commercial service providers (CAROs) to improve services for industrial users. On the one hand, cooperation with existing analytics service providers is being intensified and, on the other hand, CAROTS is pursuing the goal of supporting new service companies in the Baltic Sea Region in order to fill regional or thematic market gaps. The tasks of the Hereon in CAROTS are the coordination of the project internal communication as well as the visualization of the project to the outside world. more


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This CREMLINplus project is about European-Russian scientific and technical collaboration in the field of research infrastructures (RI). It takes up and addresses all recommendations that have been worked out in close European-Russian collaboration within three years of the Horizon 2020 project CREMLIN.

CREMLINplus started in February 2020 and ends in January 2024. more

EARIV - European Analytical Research Infrastructure Village


Europe has the world's best portfolio of research infrastructures, used annually by a broad and dynamic user community of tens of thousands of scientists. These unique, yet still exotic, research facilities such as neutron and synchrotron radiation sources provide remarkable insights into all types of matter, especially new materials and nanoscale materials. The research infrastructures not only serve basic research, but are increasingly in demand as a tool for industrial research. There are various possibilities: from the paid acquisition of the beam time to research cooperations with the respective research centers. There are also a number of EU-funded initiatives to strengthen cooperation between major research institutions and European industry, allowing companies to benefit from free test measurements. more


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In the frame of the Design Update Project for the European Spallation Source (ESS) funded by BMBF novel neutron instrumentation concepts are developed by the HGF-centres FZJ, Hereon, HZB and by TUM. Hereon and partners from the Czech Republic successfully submitted a proposal for a common engineering diffractometer (Beamline for European materials Engineering Research, BEER) at the ESS. Hereon is also involved in concepts for reflectometry, 3He-free neutron detectors, ESS-specific sample environment and the High Data Rate Initiative (HDRI) communication platform. more

SINE 2020

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Today’s society is being transformed by new materials and processes. Analytical techniques underpin their development and neutrons, with their unique properties, play a pivotal role in a multi-disciplinary, knowledge-based approach. Industry and the neutron research community must however work together more closely to enhance their innovation potential. Neutrons are only available at large scale facilities (LSF’s), presenting specific challenges for outreach. National and European initiatives have combined to create a user community of almost 10000, mainly academia-based users, which is supported by an ecosystem of about 10, often world-class national facilities and the European facility, the Institute Laue Langevin. Europe leads neutron science and is investing almost 2B€ in the European Spallation Source (ESS), its construction, like Horizon 2020, spanning the period 2014-2020. SINE2020 is therefore a project with two objectives: preparing Europe for the unique opportunities at ESS in 2020 and developing the innovation potential of neutron LSF’s. Common services underpin the European research area for neutrons. New and improved services will be developed in SINE2020, by the LSF’s and partners in 13 countries, in a holistic approach including outreach, samples, instrumentation and software. These services are the key to integrating ESS in the European neutron ecosystem, ensuring scientific success from day one. They are also the basis for facilitating direct use of neutron LSF’s by industry. Particular emphasis is placed on the industry consultancy, which will reach out to industry and develop a business model for direct, industry use of LSF’s in 2020, and data treatment, exploiting a game-changing opportunity at LSF’s to adopt a common software approach in the production of scientific results. Hereon leads the work package entitled “Industry Consultancy”. more

SFB 986

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The goal of the DFG funded Collaborative Research Centres project SFB 986 „Tailor-Made Multi-Scale Materials Systems– M³“ is to manufacture and characterize novel multiscale material systems. The project is a collaboration between the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg, the University of Hamburg, and Hereon. In a central project of the SFB, GEMS is involved in providing sophisticated characterization methods at synchrotron and neutron sources to the project partners. more


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The collaboration between the Technische Universität München (TUM) and the Helmholtz Centres FZJ and Hereon at the FRM II is organised in the frame of the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ) founded in 2012. TUM and the Helmholtz Centres are running together 30 first-class neutron instruments at the FRM II. The expertise of the partners involved is combined in six scientific groups. Joint professorships are also planned. more

Technology and Medicine

In the Portfolio project "Technology and Medicine - in vivo multimodal imaging of polymeric biomaterials" the competences of the participating Helmholtz centres Hereon (coordinator), FZJ, GSI, HZB, HZDR and KIT (Research Area Key Technologies in cooperation with the Research Areas Health and Structure of Matter) and of the associated partner universities (Freie Universität Berlin, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, RWTH Aachen) is bundled in order to clarify the in vivo behaviour of polymeric biomaterial systems. The Hereon contribution to this project is micro- and nanotomography. more