Renowned Physicist to showcase European Spalliation Source Mega Science Project at 27th IPMA World Congress in Dubrovnik


20 August 2013 – Zagreb, Croatia – Organizers of the 27th IPMA World Congress on Project Management have announced that former IPMA Young Crew leader Professor Colin J. Carlile, Director of European Spalliation Source Scandinavia, will deliver a keynote presentation at the 2013 congress.  The 27th IPMA World Congress, under the title “Finding Balance and Moving Forward,” will be held from 30 September to 3 October 2013 at one of the most beautiful venues on the Adriatic Sea, the Valamar Resort Babin Kuk in Dubrovnik, Croatia.  Information at http://www.ipma2013.hr/.

prof-colin-j-carlileProf Colin J. Carlile is an experimental physicist by training and occupation and specialised in the use of neutron beams for the investigation of the structural properties of solids and liquids (“the materials of everyday life”) – polymers, liquid crystals, metal hydrides, pharmaceuticals, magnetic materials, etc. In the last 20 years he has moved into managerial, directorial and project management roles whilst maintaining his links with instrumentation, initially as a Division Head at the ISIS pulsed neutron source at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford from 1992 to 1999, and then for two years as the Associate Director Head of the Projects Division of the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) in Grenoble, France.

ILL is a world-renowned research facility and 2500 researchers depend upon the ILL’s facilities for the progress of their research programme. In 2001 he was appointed the Director of this international research laboratory where he had overall responsibility for the 500 staff, an annual budget of 80M€, and the safety and security of its facilities including the world’s highest power nuclear research reactor fuelled with highly enriched uranium. During this period the ILL embarked upon two significant investment programmes; the Millennium Programme for instruments and infrastructure, and the Seismic Refit Programme.

He then became the Director General of the European Spallation Source. ESS is funded by the Swedish government having achieved the siting decision for the European Spallation Source in Lund in 2009 as part of a European consortium. He worked energetically together with Allan Larsson, former Swedish Finance Minister, to ensure this large and very visible European science facility came to Sweden. The project is a 1.8B€ endeavour with a 10-year build phase. ESS is currently building up expertise, finalising the design and assembling the national and international partners.

Having retired from ESS at the end of his contract with ESS, he set up his own company and is now occupied in advising a number of organisations as a freelance.

Realising a large-scale scientific infrastructure today – the long and winding path

Prof Carlile’s keynote will describe the European Spallation Source (ESS), a multi-disciplinary research centre based upon the world’s most powerful neutron source. This new facility will be around 30 times brighter than today’s leading facilities, enabling new opportunities for researchers in the fields of life sciences, chemistry, energy, environmental technology, cultural heritage and fundamental physics.

The ESS has been on the drawing board for twenty years and was on the verge of dying a slow death. Thanks however to the work of many and the determination of a few, the hurdles in the way of achieving a decision to firstly find a site and then to get the green light to start to build have been quite an adventure.  Costing 1.84B€ to build and 140M€ a year to operate naturally meant that extremely persuasive arguments had to be put at all levels, and solid and dependable programme management systems had to be in place.

Governance has also been a tricky issue, as has the requirement from partner countries to contribute in-kind and not in cash. Also the ability to attract world-class scientists and engineers to a project without a guaranteed future required a rather special approach. All these points, and many others, have required novel tactics and strategies.

The keynote will address the context of the ESS history and its future as a scientific organisation being built from the ground up on a green-field site, where finding an appropriate balance between all the stakeholders involved was a key success element of the ongoing project.

Prof Carlile will outline the many and varied twists and turns in this project story. It is not over yet. The ESS is not alone here since other large science facilities in the world have had similar paths to tread, for example the Square Kilometre Array radiotelescope to be built in South Africa and Australia. This will be very much a personal talk, which also shows that humour has been an essential motivational element when the odds have been stacked against us.

The 27th IPMA World Congress in Dubrovnik is being organized by IPMA and CAPM (the Croatian Association for Project Management – www.capm.hr), with the Civil Engineering Faculty of the University of Zagreb  www.grad.unizg.hr,  the International Cost Engineering Council (ICEC) – www.icoste.org and the “Baltazar Adam Krčelić” College of Business and Management (www.vspu.hr ) as co-organizers.  The Chair of the 27th IPMA World Congress in Dubrovnik is Mladen Radujković. The congress program director is Mladen Vukomanovic.  Visit the 2013 congress website at http://www.ipma2013.hr/.

Steeped in history and seemingly unchanged since the 13th Century, Dubrovnik is one of Europe most fashionable resorts. Surrounded by medieval walls preserved in their original form, the town is under UNESCO protection. Plan to visit the City of Dubrovnik, the historical republic from 1358-1808, where cultural monuments bear witness to projects from past centuries.  More about Dubrovnik at http://www.tzdubrovnik.hr/eng/.

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the oldest global project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 50 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. The IPMA World Congress is one of the largest and most important gatherings of project management authorities and leaders each year. The president for 2013-2014 is Mr. Mladen Radujkovic.  For more information visit www.ipma.ch

Source: IPMA