2021 has continued to be a year of living and working with COVID-19. All across the world, we have all had to adapt personally and professionally to the pandemic and innovate new ways to continue and manage our activities. Despite the major challenges the pandemic poses for user operation at large research infrastructures, the user programme at the ESRF has been running successfully since the EBS restart on 25th August 2020. This is thanks to the implementation of remote experiments across all beamlines, the trust shown by the user community and its adaptability, and the hard work of the ESRF staff. Since January 2021, the ESRF has been gradually re-opening to onsite users according to the pandemic indicators and travel and health restrictions in place in France and in the home countries of our users. Most user teams are now able to come to the ESRF and carry out their own experiments and we are delighted to welcome you back.

The annual ESRF User Meeting will take place from 7th to 9th of February 2022, with the usual combination of tutorials, plenary day and User Dedicated Microsymposia. The programme is designed to give the opportunity to users to directly interact with ESRF scientists and to present the results of their research at the ESRF. We are aiming to welcome researchers and students from all around the world here on the EPN Campus site for the 2022 meeting, with the possibility to follow the plenary day remotely for users unable to travel; the final decision on the onsite or virtual format will be taken in September 2021 according to the evolution of the sanitary situation.

The program of the User Meeting will tackle broad topics such as climate change, gender equality and COVID-19 vaccines, as well as highlighting more specific user research activities and updating the community on the status of ESRF beamlines. The meeting will be the perfect occasion to discover the most recent experimental results from the ESRF-EBS and to define new experimental approaches following the upgrades and improvements enabled by the new source.



Monday 7 February 2022

  • 12 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 as well as a science communication tutorial.

Tuesday 8 February 2022

   Plenary Session day


  • Four Keynote Speakers

    . Rodolphe Clérac

    CNRS, Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal, Université de Bordeaux, France

    . Valérie Masson-Delmotte

    Research Director at the CEA, Gif-sur-Yvette, France, Co-chair of IPCC WGI

    . Mariagrazia Pizza

    GSK Vaccines, Siena, Italy

    . Chloe Zubieta

    Laboratoire de Physiologie Cellulaire et Végétale, CNRS, CEA, Université Grenoble Alpes, INRAE, France

  • Young Scientist Award !! Call is open !!
  • Directors' science and facility report
  • Poster session: clips and prizes
  • Commercial exhibition of synchrotron-related equipment
  • Welcome and Awards banquet

Wednesday 9 February 2022

   3 User-Dedicated Microsymposia
  • UDM1. "New opportunities for High Pressure Science at the ESRF-EBS"

    UOC Organisers G. Morard
    B. Ruta
    ESRF Organisers O. Mathon
    M. Mezouar


  • UDM2. "Ligand and fragment screening: enabling technologies for pressing threats"
    UOC Organiser A. Miele
    ESRF Organisers C.  Mueller-Dieckmann
    M. Nanao
    D. Nurizzo


  • UDM3. "Engineering materials science: new perspectives"

    UOC Organisers A. Martinelli
    G. Requena
    ESRF Organisers V. Honkimaki
    W. Ludwig
    A. Rack
    M. Slim


Save the dates in your diaries now!

Further information on the programme, registration procedure, abstract and poster submission will be provided in October



9 November 2021 Deadline for Young Scientist Award nominations
5 December 2021 Deadline for User-Dedicated Microsymposia abstract submission
  17 January 2022 Deadline for registration (no late registration accepted)
  17 January 2022 Deadline for poster submission for prize and booklet