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Scientific Disciplines and Societal Challenges

The research proposed in an application for beamtime should be identified within the framework of a "Scientific Discipline" and a "Societal Challenge" which are registered by the Principal Investigator in the electronic proposal form in the User Portal.

The information is mandatory and ONLY one scientific discipline and one societal challenge can be selected. If several are appropriate, please choose the most relevant.

Scientific Disciplines

The following 12 scientific disciplines have been defined by the ESRF:

  • CH (Chemistry)
  • ES (Earth Science)
  • EV (Environment)
  • HC (Hard Condensed Matter Science)
  • HG (Cultural Heritage)
  • LS (Life Sciences)
  • MA (Applied Material Science)
  • MD (Medicine)
  • ME (Engineering)
  • MI (Methods and Instrumentation)
  • MX (Structural Biology) - only for MX BAG, MX-Rolling, LTP and HUB proposals.
  • SC (Soft Condensed Matter Science).

Societal Challenges

The following societal challenges have been identified by the ESRF:

  • Art conservation
  • Catalysis
  • Climate
  • Cultural heritage & history
  • Earth & planetary science
  • Energy
  • Engineering & materials
  • Environment & agriculture
  • Food
  • Fundamental & blue sky research
  • Health
  • Nanotechnology
  • New materials for information technology
  • Paleontology & archaeology
  • Quantum & semiconductor technology
  • Other (only if none of the above are relevant; keywords must be given)


 For queries or questions, please contact the User Office.