April 17, 2009
Regional ESS Conference in Debrecen: Central Europe’s academic and political elite is making joint efforts to promote Debrecen, one of the region’s most dynamically developing cities become the host of the European Spallation Source, ESS. The project worth a total of EUR 1.1 billion would be one of Europe’s largest scientific investments ever.
February 16, 2009
The Ministry for National Development and Economy and the city of Debrecen are organizing a regional conference on April 16 – 17, 2009 in Debrecen.
November 25, 2008
The Ministry for National Development and Economy (NFGM) organised a partnership conference on the 25th of November 2008 for the representatives of the domestic and regional scientific, economic and education sectors for the purpose of familiarizing the participants with the European Spallation Source (ESS), one of the most significant investment project possibilities of the 21st century in the context of Hungarian and Central-Eastern European scientific life and economic development.
November 17, 2008
On Monday, November 17 the STFC’s Physical and Life Sciences (PALS) Committee held a meeting in London. The purpose of the meeting was to clarify the relationship of the UK to the ESS project, considering the future of British neutron research. Representing the Hungarian applicant, director of ESS Hungary Ltd. László Rosta participated in the meeting and presented the plans for the Debrecen location.
November 6, 2008
ESS National Council founded
The founding meeting of the ESS National Council was held on 6th November 2008. This public organisation aims for a more comprehensive social and economic support of the implementation of the European Spallation Source in Hungary.
Such an outstanding scientific programme and large infrastructure project may only be realized by a broad social collaboration and international support - as it was said at the founding seat. This cooperation is personalized by the National Council, and its members, renowned people from political, cultural and public life, are to help and support the project according to the best of their knowledge.
Edit Herczog, Member of European Parliament became the chairperson of the council, while; vice-chairmen are István Stumpf, István Józsa and István Csillag. At the first meeting on 6th November Prof. Ferenc Mezei, chief researcher of ESS and Prof. József Pálinkás, president of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences held presentations. Numerous personalities from political and public life took part at the event to mark the national consensus on behalf of the Hungarian bid.
November 6, 2008
On the Day of Hungarian Science at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the details of the Hungarian ESS project were presented by Government Commissioner for ESS Hungary Géza Egyed. The Commissioner emphasized that the Hungarian application is unanimously supported by the government, the parliamentary parties, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the scholarly community of Hungary and the municipality of Debrecen. Subsequently, Professor Ferenc Mezei, the creator of the ESS’ technological concept, presented the technical details of the project and the potential scientific results.
October 30, 2008
On his trip to Switzerland, President of the Republic of Hungary László Sólyom declared that to be granted the assignment of building the European Spallation Source in Debrecen would be a great opportunity for Hungary. The President underlined that the ESS might become an important partner to the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), located in Switzerland.
October 22, 2008
The North Great Plain Regional Development Council (Észak-Alföldi Regionális Fejlesztési Tanács) earmarked more than 10 billion HUF (ca. 40 M€) for the successful implementation of the ESS project. The center of the region is Debrecen, the city applying to host ESS.
September 25-26, 2008
At the meeting of the Competitiveness Council, Hungary requested the regional member states to endorse a joint proposal to be submitted to the European Commission regarding the balanced geographical location of the future research infrastructure. In the framework of the meeting, a proposal was endorsed regarding the support of the implementation of the ESS project in Hungary by the region’s countries.
September 11, 2008
President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences József Pálinkás welcomed the government decision to provide for the own resources necessary for the implementation of the ESS.
September 11, 2008
The Hungarian government decided to guarantee a sum of 90 billion HUF as the own resources for the implementation of the ESS project. Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány appointed Géza Egyed as Government Commissioner for ESS Hungary.
August 29, 2008
During his visit in Hungary, President of the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) Bernard Bigot gathered information on the possible location of ESS.
July 23-24, 2008
A conference of the joint advisory commissions of the Spanish and Hungarian locations was held in Debrecen.
July 13-15, 2008
A four-member committee of ESFRI that was inspecting the locations applying for the project visited Hungary. The committee verified the answers given by Hungary and Debrecen in a questionnaire submitted in April. The committee declared the visit to be successful and expressed its satisfaction regarding the answers and the conditions of the location.
June 16-17, 2008
An international workshop was held in Debrecen, the planned Hungarian location of ESS. The summit was attended by representatives of the region’s states, the ESFRI members of the given countries, and the leaders of important research centers. During the workshop the preparatory steps of the project were represented by ESS Coordination Centre of the Ministry for National Development and Economy, ESS Hungary Ltd., the University of Debrecen, the municipality of Debrecen and the Institute for Nuclear Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
May 15, 2008
The North Great Plain Regional Development Council passed a resolution to support ESS as an investment of special importance.
April 25, 2008
The application introducing the planned Hungarian location of ESS was completed and submitted to the ESFRI committee in charge of studying the readiness of applicant cities.
At the meeting of the Competitiveness Council, State Secretary of the Ministry for National Development and Economy informed the region’s countries (Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia) of Debrecen’s application.
Hungary presented the detailed plans pertaining to the Debrecen location for the representatives of the 27 EU member states, the European Commission and the EIB in Brussels.
In the course of a two-round application process, the Hungarian government selected Debrecen as the location of ESS in Hungary. The government also assigned the Minister of Economy and Transport to coordinate the preparatory works of the ESS project.
The ESS Project Coordination Office was created by Minister of Economy and Transport János Kóka. The office’s task is to manage the preparation of the ESS project in accordance with the government’s intentions.
The schedule of the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) classified ESS as one of the most important projects.
ESS Hungary Non-Profit Organization was created as a result of a private initiative.
The Hungarian Prime Minister assigned Minister of Education Bálint Magyar and Minister of Economy and Transport János Kóka to launch preparatory surveys and analyses regarding the ESS project. The Mayor of Debrecen announced that the city was officially applying to host ESS. Mayor Lajos Kósa also informed the public that the decision had been unanimously supported by the University of Debrecen and the Debrecen Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
ESS was classified as a project to be implemented by the Research Facility Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
Domestic scholars on the topic submitted their first proposal in which they support Hungary’s participation in the ESS program.
The scientific, technical, financial and organizational plans of the ESS project were presented in Bonn.
The ESS Council and the consortium planning the project were created by the national laboratories of 15 states.
The departmental ministers of OECD fostered a proposal regarding the building of three neutron source centers by the developed countries in the near future. According to the recommendation, one of the centers will be created in Europe.
A joint plan pertaining to the creation of ESS was elaborated by the Jülich Research Centre and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (UK).