The annual event dedicated to the ESRF user community: learn about, discuss and experience the science and cutting-edge research made with ESRF synchrotron light

The annual ESRF User Meeting will take place in early February 2021, six months into user operation with the ESRF-EBS, the world's first and brightest 4th generation high energy source. All over the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown up major challenges for continuing activities and large user research facilities are no exception. Despite these challenges, the ESRF opened its doors to the first users of the EBS source on 25th August, as planned. User operation started via remote experiments on all ESRF beamlines, to minimise any risk to the health of both users and staff. This is possible thanks to the support and action of many ESRF colleagues, but also thanks to the confidence and adaptability of the user community. Users are expected to gradually come back on-site over the following months, if this is commensurate with the health situation and guidelines in force. This pandemic has taught all of us about resilience, adapting to teleworking and remote professional interactions, all of which will be used by both users and staff to carry out the best science with our brand new source.

The online ESRF User Meeting will be an excellent opportunity to hear the latest research and technical news, including the latest news on COVID-19 research at the ESRF. Although the current public health situation in Europe does not allow us to hold the meeting on site, the programme of the virtual meeting has been designed to encourage users and scientists interested in the ESRF to attend, hear the latest scientific and technical news, and interact remotely from the comfort of their office or home. This time together will be the perfect breeding ground for new research ideas, which can be exploited for the March 2021 proposal submission deadline.

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Overall programme

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Monday 8 February 2021

   Tutorials & Poster Session
  • 9 tutorials of direct interest to ESRF users will cover a wide variety of topics ranging from the fundamental principles of techniques, through beamline control tools, to optimisation of data measurements and the best exploitation of these data. They will be complemented by a science communication tutorial that will discuss tips for promoting user research.
  • A virtual poster session

Tutorials: programme and scopes

Poster session

Tuesday 9 February 2021

   Plenary Session day

Opening of the Plenary Session with a presentation by Edith Heard, Director General of EMBL, Heidelberg (Germany), on the role of women in science.

  • Five Keynote Speakers
  • Young Scientist Award !! Call is open !!
  • Facility report on the restart of the "Extremely Brilliant Source" project
  • Poster session prizes
  • Virtual commercial exhibition of synchrotron-related equipment

Plenary Session programme

Wednesday 10 February 2021

  3 User-Dedicated Microsymposia

Microsymposia: programmes & scopes


The electronic registration form is OPEN


Zoom links to the events will NOT be published on the UM2021 webpages.

Each registered participant will receive the links to the events they have registered to, by e-mail, a few days before the event. The e-mail will also contain the link to the Poster Session and Commercial Exhibition.