105. KFS Meeting

Constituent meeting of the 12th Committee Research with Synchrotron Radiation


Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, Video conference


Introduction of members: The participants of the meeting (members of the 11th and 12th KFS) briefly introduce themselves. The 12th KFS has the following elected members: Bridget Murphy, Birgit Kanngießer, Sarah Köster, Andrea Thorn, Jan-Dierk Grunwaldt, Christian Gutt, Taisia Gorkhover and Dirk Lützenkirchen-Hecht. Additional members can be coopted to represent other research areas. The scientific directors of the synchrotron radiation laboratories and the representative of the project management organisation join as guests.

Election of the executive board: Prof. Dr. Jan-Dierk Grunwaldt (KIT) is elected as chair and Prof. Dr. Sarah Köster (Universität Göttingen) as vice chair.
The responsibilities for the departments are distributed as follows:
- Digital topics: Christian Gutt, with the support of Bridget Murphy
- Instrumentation: Tais Gorkhover with the support of Birgit Kanngießer
- Public Relations: Dirk Lützenkirchen-Hecht with the support of Andrea Thorn
- User affairs and industry: Birgit Kanngießer with the support of Bridget Murphy and Dirk Lützenkirchen-Hecht / maybe lateron a coopted member
User affairs and industry could possibly be divided.
- European networking: Bridget Murphy

Cooptations will be discussed at the next meeting. Ms Murphy thanks both the retiring members and the others for their cooperation, and Mr Grunwaldt thanks Ms Murphy for her commitment to the KFS and the community.

BMBF: PD Dr. Jürgen Kroseberg (BMBF) thanks the 11th KFS for its work and emphasises the importance of the committee.  He is available to the KFS as a contact person for shaping the content of collaborative research (ErUM-Pro) over the next three years. An active input of the KFS is required for this.

Digital Transformation: The focus is currently on the two initiatives NFDI and ErUM-Data. NFDI stands for National Research Data Infrastructure and is being established in three rounds at the DFG. In autumn, the revised and expanded proposal "DAPHNE4NFDI" was submitted. A decision is expected in spring 2021.

ErUM-Data is the BMBF's new action plan for all ErUM communities (approx. 8000 scientists with doctorates). On the one hand, a hub will be applied for and on the other hand, a first call focusing on Machine Learning and AI has been announced for the first quarter of 2021. A prerequisite for the application is the formation of larger networks that link different communities. To prepare the communities for the call, a Zoom meeting will be held on 18.01. and 19.01.2021.

ErUM-Data will be presented at the DESY user meeting. The more overarching and interdisciplinary alliances are, the better their chances of being funded. The hub is intended to promote networking. Accordingly, the project goals should also concern several communities, so the focus will be more on structural topics. The participation of researchers from the fields of mathematics and computer science is also important. Beamline or experiment-specific software will continue to be funded through ErUM-Pro. The KFS is also keeping an eye on complementary European digitisation initiatives such as Digital LEAPS, PANOSC, ExPaNDS and the European Open Science Cloud.

Reports from the facilites:

DELTA: Operations at DELTA are restricted by Corona. A new wiggler is being calibrated.

European XFEL: The European XFEL ran until mid-November and then went into winter shutdown, which is scheduled to last at least until 1 February 2021. The user meeting at the end of January will take place virtually.
A "soft X-ray port" is to be built at SASE3, planned completion of the infrastructure is summer 2021 with commissioning one year later. Three instruments are planned at the beamline.

The European Open Science Cloud Association was founded in the summer. The first General Assembly meeting will take place on 17 December. 250 to 300 institutes are involved and some LEAPS members are also taking part.
The EU Commission sees this association as the implementation of the EOSC activities.

ESRF: The new EBS storage ring is up and running and since August more than 600 experiments with 1600 users have taken place, most of them "remote". The ESRF Data Policy guarantees the storage of data for 10 years. In addition, data analysis as a service for users is being built up step by step, also because of the increasingly large amounts of data. A new working group for software development for data analysis has been established.

DESY and FLASH: BPETRA III experienced a short shutdown in the spring due to Corona. Currently (December), BioNTech is still doing experiments, and some other users are still finishing measurements.
In January, the HIKA experimental station for Hierarchical X-ray Imaging Karlsruhe will be brought in. The user meeting will take place at the end of January.

159 instrumentation proposals have been received for PETRA IV. A priority list is to be drawn up by the end of 2021.

FLASH is scheduled to restart in February. The FLASH2020+ upgrade is being prepared.

HZB: Operation at BESSY II has restarted after the summer shutdown for regional users with negative PCR tests and remote users. At the beginning of January, only urgent corona-relevant experiments are possible. Through mail-in experiments in 2020, much could be measured in the area of protein crystallography, for example; the possibility of remote access to many beamlines has been created or significantly improved. It is used intensively by the users.

The HZB user meeting had 461 participants with 380 individual talks and about 300 people in the lectures. HZB sees a great opportunity in virtual events and plans to stream face-to-face events in the future to attract new interested parties and new users.

Preparations for BESSY III are underway, and an abridged version of the CDR (pre-CDR) is currently being prepared. Foresight workshops are also planned.

Public relations work: Research with synchrotron radiation on the corona virus is seen as an opportunity to present it more to the public.

Focal points for the next few months: preparation of the ErUM-Pro call for proposals in exchange with the BMBF, digital transformation, press work and homepage, European networking, co-optations.

Conclusion: Jan-Dierk Grunwaldt thanks the outgoing members and looks forward to further good cooperation in the new committee.

Dates: The next meeting is planned for mid-February.

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