New ESS data centre in Copenhagen

The ESS Data Management and Software Centre, which will handle and analyse research data from the world’s most powerful neutron source, European Spallation Source (ESS), opened in Copenhagen in August.

Both Sweden and Denmark are host countries for Europe’s new multi-disciplinary research facility centre, European Spallation Source (ESS), which is based on the world’s most powerful neutron source.

The facility will be up to 100 times brighter than the current leading facilities, enabling new opportunities for researchers in the fields of energy, life sciences, fundamental physics, environmental technology and cultural heritage.

New ESS Data centre in Copenhagen

On 26 August, the ESS Data Management and Software Centre opened in Copenhagen Bio Science Park (COBIS), which is centrally placed between Denmark’s leading hospitals and major universities and in the heart of Medicon Valley, the world’s leading biotech region, and just minutes from the centre of Copenhagen City.

Read more about Medicon Valley, the leading life science cluster in Scandinavia.

“We looked at many locations, but it was not difficult to decide on COBIS. The science park is located close to the University of Copenhagen and the Technical University of Denmark, the atmosphere is great, and we are surrounded by companies with enthusiastic people”, said Mark Hagen Director of ESS Data Management and Software Centre.

An optical fibre cable will transport data volumes, up to 11 petabytes per year, between the ESS research facility in in Lund, Sweden, and the data centre in Copenhagen.

“Our goal is to develop software so that analysis can be made directly in the data transfer”, said Hagen.

Visiting scientists to ESS data centre

The ESS Data Management and Software Centre currently employs 22 staff and the number will shortly increase to 60-70 people, working to crunch and analyse the huge data sets from ESS. When the ESS research centre opens in Lund in 2023, employees will assist visiting scientists in using the software.

In her inaugural speech, the Danish Minister for Research, Ulla Tørnæs, stressed the benefits of industry clusters and Copenhagen’s strong position.

“With European Spallation Source, the ESS Data Management and Software Centre in Copenhagen, Max IV in Lund, and XFEL and Petra III in Hamburg, Northern Europe has a unique cluster of research facilities – and Denmark is located right in the centre”, Tørnæs said.

Do you want to know more?

If you want to know more about the ESS Data Management and Software Centre and business opportunities, please contact Project Manager - European Spallation Source & MAX IV, Kanval Sheik, via e-mail: or phone: 0045 33 34 38 81.

Read more about the ESS Data Management and Software Centre here.