During 15-16 May 2017, ESRF was hosting the European-Russian CREMLIN Workshop on “Funding and Joint Research Programmes at the Megascience Facilities”. This workshop was held back-to-back with the third CREMLIN Consortium board meeting. More than 30 representatives and experts from European and Russian megascience labs came to Grenoble in order to discuss the topic of funding and joint research programmes with a focus on European-Russian collaboration in the context of Megascience facilities. A tour through the facilities at ILL and at ESRF rounded off this CREMLIN event.
In the coming year, the Russian research reactor PIK in Gatchina near St. Petersburg is scheduled to go into operation. The main focus of the workshop “The future of biology and soft matter research on reactor PIK”, which took place in mid-May in Peterhof, Russia, was the development of a scientific user community for neutron research in biology and soft matter. It is planned that suitable instruments for this purpose will be developed at PIK.