bid for £1bn science project
£1billion European science project could be based
in Yorkshire, if a bid to host the world's largest neutron
scattering research facility is successful.
bid by the White Rose universities of Leeds, Sheffield
and York, supported by Yorkshire Forward was launched
in Leeds last week. The centre would be sited at the former
Burn airfield near Selby.
Yorkshire ESS (YESS) project would be a major research
centre for physics, chemistry, biology, materials, earth
and engineering sciences. It would generate over 3,000
jobs in the construction sector, employ around 1,000 scientists,
technicians and support staff and help to attract more
high tech companies to Yorkshire and up to 5,000 visitors
to the site each year.
physics professor and co-coordinator of the bid Professor
Bob Cywinski said: "Neutron scattering, or spallation,
allows scientists to study, at a molecular level, materials
that make up the physical and biological world, to see
what the atoms are doing and how they behave. The ESS
service will be on a par with what the Hubble telescope
has done for astronomers a 'matterscope'
providing much deeper insights into materials than previously
has led the world in the field of neutron scattering for
three decades but we are about to lose that lead to the
USA and Japan who are building their own spallation sources,"
he added. "The development of the European spallation
source will keep us at the cutting edge."
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