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[kfs-verteiler] KFS election, ErUM funding, PETRA IV, SRI2021 and deadlines

KFS email newsletter on October 30, 2020

Dear colleagues,

Final spurt in the KFS election

If you have registered as a voter with the KFS until the beginning of October, you can vote for the new KFS until midnight today. For the first time, the election is held online, and the access data were sent on Oct. 8, 2020 from  (Polyas Online Wahlen). If you should have received this email and cannot find it, you can also get the data from us (

Funding for digital transformation

The KFS is convinced that digitalisation and modern research data management will raise scientific work to a new level. Therefore, it welcomes the submission of the DAPHNE4NFDI (DAta for PHoton and Neutron Experiments) proposal within the DFG  initiative "National Research Data Infrastructure" (NFDI) at the end of September.

The BMBF is providing funding for digital transformation under the new ErUM-Data action plan. The funding guidelines are to be published in December 2020 or January 2021. Funding will be provided for the development of software and algorithms with a focus on artificial intelligence and machine learning. It is important that researchers work together on an interdisciplinary basis, i.e. from different areas of ErUM (research on universe and matter) and from different disciplines, such as physics, athematics, computer science and data sciences.

Note on ErUM-Pro (formerly collaborative research)

There is an important note from PT DESY: BMBF-funded projects can only be extended in individual cases and only slightly (6 months). Projects should therefore be completed with the (partial) results achieved by the originally approved end of the term, e.g. June 2022, despite delays. PT DESY will gladly answer any questions.

On the way to PETRA IV: Deadline for Instrument Proposals and Workshops

The deadline for the call for proposals for scientific instrumentation for PETRA IV is Dec. 1st, 2020, see
The KFS will be happy to assist you in this matter.

Online workshops on thematic aspects of the planned synchrotron radiation source PETRA IV are currently being held:

- PETRA IV Workshop - Soft Matter, Health, and Life Science (Oct. 28-30, 2020)

- PETRA IV Workshop - Earth, Environment, and Materials for Nanoscience and Information Technology (Nov. 02-04,2020)

- Satellite Workshop On Scientific Instrument Proposals for Extreme Pressures and Temperatures Research at PETRA IV (Nov. 05-06, 2020)

- PETRA IV Workshop - Technical Challenges and Scientific Computing (Nov. 18-20, 2020)

We recommend pre-registration for the SRI2021 in Hamburg

The 14th International Conference on Synchrotron Radiation Instrumentation is planned for summer 2021 (August 30-September 3, 2021) in Hamburg, see

In order to make SRI2021 a unique event for all participants, hopefully less affected by the Covid 19 pandemic next year, the organizers are currently looking for the best possible option regarding the conference format. By pre-registering for the conference at you can express your interest until Nov. 30, 2020 and be kept informed by email newsletter.

Selected deadlines and dates

Nov. 2, 2020: Registration deadline for the online lecture "From protein to medicine" by Dr. Manfred Weiss as part of the "Berlin Science Week", Nov. 4, 2020

Nov. 6, 2020: Registration deadline for the European Photon and Neutron European Open Science Cloud Symposium (Online), Nov. 09-11, 2020

Nov. 17-18, 2020: EMBL Hamburg P12 Virtual User Meeting

Nov. 20, 2020: Registration deadline for the BESSY@HZB User Meeting (Online), Dec. 10, 2020

Nov. 30, 2020: Deadline for the non-binding pre-registration for SRI2021

Dec. 01, 2020: Deadline for the call for proposals for scientific research Instrumentation PETRA IV

Dec. 21, 2020: Application deadline for CALIPSOplus, access for small and medium-sized companies to synchrotron radiation measurement time

With kind regards,

Bridget Murphy, KFS chair
Karin Griewatsch, KFS PR