Lecture by Colin Carlile

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Event Date: 2016-05-14

CSRinfo and Collegium Civitas, organizers of the third edition of the CSR Manager postgraduate studies programme, warmly invite you to a lecture by Prof. Colin Carlile, who will share his experiences of planning and building the research centre European Spallation Source, the biggest and technologically the most advanced source of neutrons used to research matter.

Does corporate responsibility and sustainable development only concern business? What are the challenges facing the scientist when trying to build one of Europe’s largest research centres in accordance with the principles of sustainable development? What can we learn from such a scientist?

What can business learn from a physics professor?

14 May (Saturday) 13.15-16.30, floor 12, lecture hall A

Collegium Civitas, Defilad 1, PKiN (Palace of Culture and Science), Warsaw.

Registration is mandatory at: http://csrnacivitas.evenea.pl/


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Prof. Colin Carlile, a physicist by education and profession, manager of a multimillion-euro scientific project, openly admits from experience that he has encountered issues of corporate social responsibility at every step of the project and has had to learn to deal with them quickly. What sort of innovative solutions have been used in the construction of a centre that now boasts the title of  “first sustainable research facility”?

As it turns out the function of a CSR manager can be fulfilled regardless of the job title on your business card, your degree or even your business profile.

The lecture will be held in English as part of the CSR Manager degree programme at Collegium Civitas. 



Prof. Colin Carlile specializes in the use of neutron beams to research the structural properties of solids and liquids (“materials from everyday life”)—polymers, liquid crystals, metal hydrides, pharmaceuticals, magnetic materials etc. He has held senior managerial positions for the last 20 years, first as director of the department dealing with the ISIS pulsed neutron and muon source at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and then for two years as associate director and head of the Projects & Techniques Division of the Institute Laue-Langevin in Grenoble. In 2001 he was appointed director general of the aforementioned  international research laboratory, with responsibility for 500 employees, on-site safety—including safety around the world’s highest power nuclear research reactor driven by highly enriched uranium—and an annual budget of €80 million.
In 2006 he was appointed director general of the European Spallation Source in Lund. This strategic project in the Baltic Sea region, valued at €1.8 billion, was achieved with support from the Swedish government. Colin Carlile directed the project in accordance with the principles of sustainable development. From 2013 he has played an advisory role for the new director. The Swedish government has awarded him with the Order of the Polar Star. In 2015 he received the title of honorary professor of the Institute of Nuclear Physics at the Polish Academy of Sciences.

 The European Spallation Source (ESS)  provides cognitive tools that make it possible to make further important discoveries in the field of nanotechnology, life sciences,  pharmacology, material engineering and experimental physics. The cost of building the ESS has been estimated at 1,843 million euros (at 2013 prices). Half of this amount is covered by the host countries, namely Sweden and Denmark. The functioning of the ESS is expected to cost 140 million euros a year and is set to begin operating in 2025. The project involves, amongst others, the PAN Institute of Nuclear Physics, the National Centre for Nuclear Research, the Warsaw University of Technology, and the Wrocław University of Technology.


 The postgraduate “CSR Manager” degree course  is managed in close cooperation between Collegium Civitas and the educational advisory firm CSRinfo.  The course exhibits a strong practical orientation and is run by experts that are passionate in the field of CSR. It has been awarded the “Studia z przyszłością” (Degree with a future) distinction for its practical workshop oriented approach as well as its adaptation to market needs. Enrolment for the autumn 2016 edition is currently taking place and classes will begin in November 2016. For more information on degree courses, check the Collegium Civitas website.