Scientists from across the European Union are calling Oxfordshire home thanks to the pull of Diamond Light Source.
The UK’s national synchrotron science facility is based at Harwell and, while the majority of staff are from the UK, it employs scientists from around the world, including workers from more than half the EU member states.
Catherine Bearder, a Lib Dem MEP from the South East, visited on Tuesday to learn about the research at the site.
“Diamond may be hidden away in the south Oxfordshire countryside, but it is at the forefront of global scientific research." “Some of the work they carry out is mind-boggling and their findings impact on all our lives.”
Catherine Bearder, Lib Dem MEP
Diamond is a national scientific institute called a synchrotron light source and has led to major breakthroughs in health, environment and engineering.
The bright beams of light allow scientists to study solids, liquids and gases to gain key information on atomic and molecular make-up.
“We were delighted that Catherine took time out of her busy schedule to visit Diamond and meet some of the many European staff who work at the facility. There is strong demand from European researchers to gain access to Diamond and other similar and complimentary facilities in Europe. While EU funding has enabled some access of this nature, it is hoped that this success can be built on in the future so more scientists from across Europe can travel to the facility that is most appropriate for their specific experimental needs.”
Gerd Materlik, Diamond’s CEO
“It is great to see scientists from across the EU coming to Britain to work at places such as Diamond. “Likewise, the freedom of movement around the EU allows Britain’s scientists to work on projects and take part in research in all 27 member states… long may it continue.”
Catherine Bearder MEP (centre left) with Gerd Materlik, Diamond’s CEO (centre right) surrounded by Diamond staff representing 14 European countries. Bottom centre clockwise – Silvana Westbury (UK) Loredana Brinza (Romania) Sofia Diaz-Moreno (Spain) Christina Reinhard (Germany) Isabelle Boscaro-Clarke (France) Gianfelice Cinque (Italy) Tamas Javorfi (Hungary) Peter Bencok (Slovakia) Jos Schouten (Netherlands) Morten Jensen (Denmark) Anna Kroner (Poland) Tina Geraki (Greece) Nadine Gilhome (Belgium) and Isabel De Moraes (Portugal)
Diamond Light Source is the UK's national synchrotron science facility, located at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire.
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