ENSA 20th Anniversary
In the year 2014 ENSA celebrated its 20th anniversary. The idea of creating ENSA was first discussed at a meeting in May 1994 at PSI Villigen. Then there was the first official ENSA Committee meeting in September 1994 at the ILL (election of the ENSA executive board with Dieter Richter as chairman, myself as vice-chairman and Bob Cywinski as secretary).
ENSA was then formally founded in December 1994 in Madrid (approval of the statutes with signatures of all the delegates, see here). Many of these meetings were reported in Neutron News.
Before all this happened, I had some discussions with several European exponents in neutron scattering about creating a European Neutron Scattering Association during an AUSTRON Scientific Council Meeting in Vienna in early 1994. Frankly speaking, most people were not really enthusiastic about this idea, since even in most European countries the neutron scattering communities were not organized on a formal level at that time, with the exception of France, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland. Nevertheless, I discussed this idea thoroughly with Dieter Richter during an extended breakfast, and we agreed to include this in the agenda of a joint meeting of the German Committee for Neutron Scattering and the Swiss Neutron Scattering Society foreseen for May 1994 at PSI. Then Dieter Richter took the initiative and invited further European exponents to participate at the meeting at PSI.
Prof. Dr. Albert Furrer
Laboratory for Neutron Scattering
Paul Scherrer Institut
CH-5232 Villigen PSI