26 June 2022 ESRFnews
New frontiers in molecular crowding 29 June 1 July 2022 The aim of this ESRF EBS workshop which is hoped to be held in person rather than remotely is to gather experimentalists and computational researchers to discuss open questions in the biology and physics of molecular crowded systems. The possibilities offered by a variety of new advanced techniques, including those provided by synchrotron light sources, as well as other spectroscopic methods and theoretical simulations, will be discussed. We will assess the current status, and discuss the integration of partly established, partly emerging techniques in the study of crowded systems. https://www.esrf. fr/home/events/conferences/2022/new- frontiers-in-molecular-crowding.html
When predictions meet experiments: The future of structure determination 5 8 September 2022 Hosted by the EMBO in Palermo, Italy, this workshop will explore the positive influence that artificial intelligence (AI) can have on experimental structural biology. It will bring experimentalists and computational scientists together to promote a dialogue on how AI predictions can be integrated into the normal practice of structure determination. More info at https://meetings.embo.org/ event/22-structure-determination
ESSRI 2022 29 30 September 2022 The 6th workshop on energy for sustainable science at research infrastructures will bring together international sustainability experts, and stakeholders and representatives from research facilities and future research infrastructure projects worldwide, to identify the challenges, best practices and policies to develop and implement sustainable solutions at research infrastructures. This includes the increase of energy efficiencies, energy system optimisations, storage and savings, implementation and management issues as well as the review of challenges represented by potential future technological solutions and the tools for effective collaboration. In collaboration with CERN, the ESS, DESY, the PSI and the ERF, the ESRF will host this year s event.
Quantum materials workshop 5 7 October 2022 Quantum effects that alter the macroscopic behaviour of materials give rise to exciting new phenomena to be exploited in future quantum technology. This workshop focuses on novel experimental capabilities for the discovery of exotic phases and characterisation of their fundamental excitations. We aim to bring together the most recent advances in quantum many-body physics and materials science, to show how exceptional material properties can be obtained.
ATAS-AnXAS workshop 17 21 October 2022 The fifth International Workshop on Advanced Techniques in Actinide Spectroscopy (ATAS 2022) and the ninth Workshop on Speciation, Techniques and Facilities for Radioactive Materials at Synchrotron Light Sources (AnXAS 2022) are being hosted on the EPN campus jointly by the ESRF and the Helmholtz- Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) in Dresden, Germany. The aim of the ATAS workshop is to gather both experts and novices in the field of actinide speciation using a variety of synchrotron techniques, as well as other advanced spectroscopic methods and theoretical simulations. Meanwhile, the focus of the AnXAS workshop is the basic and applied research of radioactive materials using synchrotron- based techniques. https://www.esrf.fr/ home/events/conferences/2022/atas-anxas- workshop.html
InnovaXN school 15 18 November 2022 The InnovaXN PhD student programme of the ESRF and ILL (and backed by the European Union s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions) will hold an autumn school on innovation and entrepreneurism for its 40 students, as well as welcoming interested PhD students from the overall ESRF and ILL graduate schools. Held on the EPN campus, the four-day school will introduce the students to finding the economic value in scientific results.
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Federico Boscherini, a physicist at the University of Bologna in Italy, has been elected the new chair of the council of the European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser
Facility (European XFEL) in Hamburg, Germany. An expert in synchrotron radiation and X-ray absorption spectroscopy, Boscherini s own research has focused on the relationship between the local atomic structure and physical properties of advanced materials, in particular photocatalysts, semiconductors and nanoparticles; he has
also published on cultural heritage materials, metalloproteins and instrumentation. He has previously been a researcher at the Frascati National Laboratories of Italy s National Institute for Nuclear Physics and a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, US; he has also had various involvements with the ESRF, including being a visiting scientist and chair of one of its 12 beamtime allocation committees. He studied physics at the Sapienza University of Rome in Italy. His new appointment starts in July this year and will last for two years.
Jim Kerby has been named project director of the Advanced Photon Source Upgrade (APS-U) Project. Kerby joined Argonne in 2012 as the principal
project manager of APS-U project, later transitioning to chief project officer. He has more than 30 years engineering and technical management experience, including while at Fermilab near Chicago, US leadership of the US s $200m contribution to the construction of the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland.