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110. KFS meeting (and joint meeting with KFN)

Committee Research with Snychrotron Radiation

Monday, Dec. 06, 2021, video conference

S U M M A R Y

RAC: The German-Swedish collaborative projects will start in April next year for a period of four years.

ErUM-Pro Matter: The new projects are scheduled to start on 01.07.2022, the review meeting is planned for March. ErUM projects applied for by DESY or the European XFEL will in future be supervised by the project management organisation VDI-TZ in Düsseldorf.

Transfer: A workshop on "Research with Synchrotron Radiation Transfer" is to take place at HZB in spring. There are already commitments from industry. If possible, the workshop should be held locally, in order to support networking.

Reports from the facilites:

HZB: An online user meeting will take place at HZB on 09.12.2021, see https://www.helmholtz-berlin.de/user/contact---events/user-meeting/index_en.html. At BESSY II, there will be extensive upgrades and renewals in the coming years, e.g. a new beamline for tender X-rays as part of BElChem, and another (undulator) beamline for soft X-rays. ENERGIZE and METRIX are nearing completion and the first user experiments respectively. With "ELISA", a new type of infrastructure is being planned that will allow investigations on liquid surfaces with infrared radiation, soft and tender X-rays. Planning for BESSY III is progressing, with a pre-CDR planned for 2022.

DESY: From 21 to 28 January 2022, the DESY user meeting will again take place online, see https://photon-science.desy.de/users_area/users%27_meeting/index_eng.html.
The aim was to host the SRI conference (28.3. - 1.4.2022; https://www.sri2021.eu/) as a hybrid meeting on site, but after the meeting it was decided that it will be held online after all. FLASH will run again from August 2022. For PETRA IV, a new, optimised lattice has been developed in close collaboration with the ESRF and the experience gained there with the ESRF EBS upgrade, which will simplify the conversion from PETRA III to PETRA IV.

European XFEL: The operation of the European XFEL in 2021 was very successful. All beamlines now have the new large-area X-ray detectors with MHz detection in operation. Because of the large amounts of data, it is planned that in future each group will also have to submit a data management plan with the beamtime proposal. A strategy for the European XFEL 2030+ is being prepared. At the European XFEL and DESY Photon Science User Meeting at the end of January 2022, a satellite meeting on the topic of "Investigations of molecular water" is planned.

DELTA: At DELTA, the new 7 Tesla wiggler has been supplying the three X-ray beamlines with photons since autumn 2020. The performance of the entire storage ring was significantly improved in 2020/2021 through the use of machine learning strategies. New beamtime for the first half of 2022 can be requested in the user system.

LEAPS: The use of German facilites is significantly more difficult for scientists from abroad due to the expiry of the Transnational Access Programmes. Solutions to this problem are being sought.

ESUO: The European Synchrotron and FEL User Organisation is now a Legal Entity chaired by Cormac McGuinness with a new Executive Board.

Next date: The 111th KFS meeting will be held on 21.2.2022.

Joint meeting of KFN and KFS following the 102nd KFN meeting:

The last joint meeting of KFS and KFN was in Garching in autumn 2018. The two committees have a lot in common, so this is a good opportunity for exchange.

Digital transformation: The committees agree that digitalisation is becoming more and more important, and that making it meaningfully sustainable is a major challenge. This is why they are involved in the programmes of the BMBF (ErUM-Data) and the DFG (DAPHNE4NFDI).

ErUM-Data: In the Software and Algorithms campaign, networking is to be supported through interdisciplinarity. It is important to involve technologically strong areas (data sciences, computer science, mathematics) and companies, as well as the sustainability of the developments. The two-stage application procedure should make it easier to get started and help to facilitate many good ideas. A selection is made from both the pre-proposals and the full proposals. The call for proposals has received a high response.

The ErUM Data Hub has been launched on 01.11.2021 and is to support and coordinate activities of education and training, knowledge and innovation transfer and public relations. Related positions have been advertised, see https://www.rwth-aachen.de/cms/root/Die-RWTH/Arbeiten-an-der-RWTH/%7Ebuym/RWTH-Jobportal/?search=ErUM-Data-Hub&page=.
The DIG-UM community started with a kick-off meeting in early November. The big launch event is planned for early January: https://indico.desy.de/event/32315

DAPHNE4NFDI: The kick-off meeting of DAPHNE4NFDI was on 01 December (see https://indico.desy.de/event/32342/). Jobs are being advertised (see https://www.daphne4nfdi.de/117.php) and the first people have started. There is much to do and much to achieve. On the topic of data trust models, there will be a kick-off meeting on 15.12.2021. It is important to address the community as a whole so that everyone can benefit. The website (https://www.daphne4nfdi.de) can also support this. There is a feedback form there, e.g. for contributions to the analysis software.

SNI2022 in Berlin: The conference website is online at https://www.helmholtz-berlin.de/events/sni-2022/index_en.html (or hz-b.de/SNI2022).
The programme structure is presented. The Call for Abstracts is currently being prepared. The schedule is announced on the website, it is still subject to minor changes. The abstract deadline is planned for April, after which comes the review by committee members. Notifications should be sent out before the Early Bird Registration deadline. Sessions and microsymposia will be 90 minutes each (6 x 15 minutes).

Public relations: In summer, the KFS published a press release on corona research with synchrotron radiation (see https://www.sni-portal.de/de/nachrichten/synchrotrons-beschleunigen-corona-forschung), and now research on climate change and the contribution of research with synchrotron radiation and neutrons to the energy transition is starting.

RACIRI: The next RACIRI Summer School is planned for 14-22 August 2022 in Varberg, Sweden. Participation is encouraged and is a special experience! The event connects countries and the X-ray and neutron communities, with a high quality of lectures.

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