Interview: Pia Kinhult on connecting policy with big science

When construction is complete, the European Spallation Source in Sweden and Denmark will be the brightest neutron source in the world, opening up new frontiers for science in a broad range of fields. But building a giant facility like this takes decades of commitment from policymakers and scientists alike. In a political environment dominated by short-term thinking, how do we keep everyone on board to see this kind of project through to reality?

Pia Kinhult, Head of Host States Relations at the ESS and a former politician in Sweden, talks to Toby Wardman about keeping things sweet between science and policy at the frontier of world-changing — and extremely expensive — high-energy physics.

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