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ESRF Young Scientist Award Valentin Borshchevskiy, researcher at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, was awarded the Young Scientist Award by the ESRF User Organisation, during the online ESRF User Meeting, for his outstanding contribution to the understanding of structure-based functional properties of membrane proteins.
ESRF user awarded ERC grant François Renard, a long-term ESRF user, was awarded an advanced grant from the European Research Council (ERC) to study the origins and precursors of earthquakes. His research is strongly based on the use of the Extremely Brilliant Source (EBS), and especially of the EBS flagship beamline, BM18.
Priority access for COVID-19 research In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ESRF, in collaboration with its EPN Science campus partners, ILL, EMBL and IBS, set up exceptional priority access to its facilities, including its structural biology and bio-imaging beamlines and cryo-electron microscope, in order to contribute to international scientific efforts on COVID-19 research.
ESRF chairs EIROforum On 1 July, the ESRF took up the rotational presidency of the European Intergovernmental Research Organisation forum, EIROforum, which brings together eight of Europe s largest research organisations (CERN, EMBL, ESA, ESO, ESRF, EUROfusion, European XFEL and ILL), and hosted its annual General Assembly.
First beam for ID29 On 20 July, the new EBS serial crystallography beamline, ID29, received its first monochromatic beam. Set to be operational by mid-2022, ID29 will use the performances of ESRF-EBS to reduce molecular-movie timescales from milliseconds to microseconds, enhancing the synergy between synchrotron and XFEL facilities.