The annual event dedicated to the ESRF user community: learn about, discuss and experience the science and cutting-edge research made with ESRF synchrotron light
The annual ESRF User Meeting will take place in early February 2021, six months into user operation with the ESRF-EBS, the world's first and brightest 4th generation high energy source. All over the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown up major challenges for continuing activities and large user research facilities are no exception. Despite these challenges, the ESRF opened its doors to the first users of the EBS source on 25th August, as planned. User operation started via remote experiments on all ESRF beamlines, to minimise any risk to the health of both users and staff. This is possible thanks to the support and action of many ESRF colleagues, but also thanks to the confidence and adaptability of the user community. Users are expected to gradually come back on-site over the following months, if this is commensurate with the health situation and guidelines in force. This pandemic has taught all of us about resilience, adapting to teleworking and remote professional interactions, all of which will be used by both users and staff to carry out the best science with our brand new source.
The online ESRF User Meeting will be an excellent opportunity to hear the latest research and technical news, including the latest news on COVID-19 research at the ESRF. Although the current public health situation in Europe does not allow us to hold the meeting on site, the programme of the virtual meeting has been designed to encourage users and scientists interested in the ESRF to attend, hear the latest scientific and technical news, and interact remotely from the comfort of their office or home. This time together will be the perfect breeding ground for new research ideas, which can be exploited for the March 2021 proposal submission deadline.
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