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[kfs-verteiler] New KFS chair, data projects, call for highlights, survey and dates

KFS email newsletter on Dec. 22, 2020


Dear colleagues,

KFS chair elected

The new Committee Research with Synchrotron Radiation (KFS) has elected Prof. Dr. Jan-Dierk Grunwaldt (KIT) as chair and Prof. Dr. Sarah Köster (University of Göttingen) as vice-chair at its constituent meeting.

Together with the other elected members Prof. Dr. Taisia Gorkhover (Instrumentation Department), Prof. Dr. Christian Gutt (Digital Transformation Department), Prof. Dr. Birgit Kanngießer (User Affairs Department), Prof. Dr. Dirk Lützenkirchen-Hecht (Public Relations Department), Dr. Bridget Murphy and Prof. Dr. Andrea Thorn, the two will represent your interests as synchrotron radiation users over the next three years. In dialogue with representatives of the research centres, the project management agency and the BMBF, the KSF continues to develop strategies for the future and to promote the research field.

Cooperation with the KFN

In recent years, close cooperation has developed with the Committee Research with Neutrons (KFN), especially for the digital transformation. The KFN was also newly elected, here the new chair is Prof. Dr. Frank Schreiber (University of Tübingen) and vice-chair is Prof. Dr. Susan Schorr (HZB/FU Berlin).

Committee brochures

Both committees have published their recommendations and the respective Science Case this year in brochures, which you can find on the websites:

KFS: Research with Photons - Light for the Future

KFN: Neutron Research in Germany for Science and Society

Preparation of the BMBF call on overarching digitalisation projects

On January 18 and 19 2021, a webinar on the preparation of the BMBF's ErUM-Data call will take place (18.01.21 14:00-17:30, 19.01.21 09:00-11:30). Project proposals on the two focal areas of machine learning and AI must be prepared in good time, not least because overarching and interdisciplinary networks are to be formed. The project goals should involve several communities and include researchers from the fields of mathematics and computer science. Beamline or experiment-specific software will continue to be funded through ErUM-Pro. Please register until January 17, 2021, at:

Request for highlights from research

At the beginning of next year, the KFS will prepare its recommendations for the next BMBF "collaborative research round" (ErUM-Pro) with an expected application in autumn 2021. For this purpose, we ask you to send us scientific highlights from previous BMBF projects, which will be published on the KFS homepage and can be included in the strategy discussion. We envisage a half-page text with an illustration, or a finished press release. Please send them by January 18, 2021 to Karin Griewatsch,

Survey on the KFS election

We have asked all eligible voters to take part in a short survey on the KFS election - especially those who have not voted. Thank you to all who have already participated. If you haven't got around to it yet - it's really quick and we look forward to hearing from you:

Christmas greetings

The KFS wishes you a Merry Christmas and a happy, successful and above all healthy New Year!


At the end of this email you will find a list of upcoming deadlines for events and proposals.

Yours sincerely,

Jan-Dierk Grunwaldt, KFS Chair
Dirk Lützenkirchen-Hecht, KFS Public Relations Department
Karin Griewatsch, KFS PR


Ausgewählte Fristen und Termine / Selected dates and deadlines

31.12.2020: Frist zum Hochladen von Publikationen, die 2020 durch Experimente bei PETRA III und FLASH entstanden sind

06.01.2021: Anmeldefrist für das virtuelle User Meeting von DESY und European XFEL (25.-29.01.2021)

15.01.2021: Frist für die Anmeldung zur HZB Photon School 2021 (Online, 22.-26.03.2021)

15.01.2021: Frist zum Hochladen von Publikationen, die durch Messungen am HZB entstanden sind

17.01.2021: Frist für die Anmeldung zum Action Plan ErUM-Data Community meeting, Online am 18. und 19.01.2021

18. und 19.01.2021: Action Plan ErUM-Data Community meeting, Online

18.01.2021: Frist für Messzeitanträge PETRA III (long-term projects & block allocation group proposals)

26.01.2021: Zoom-Workshop Spectroscopy and modeling for molecular insight into environmental processes

27.01.2021: Frist für die Anmeldung zu The University of Manchester’s 2021 Workshop in Advances in X-ray Imaging (Online, 01.-02.02.2021)

15.02.2021: Frist für Long-Term Proposals an der ESRF

15.02.2021: Frist für Messzeitanträge MAX IV

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