Full and open access to scientific data

The adoption of a data policy in February 2016 means the ESRF will be the custodian of raw data and metadata collected during research on its publicly funded beamlines. Following a three-year embargo period, the data will be released into the public domain with open access.




ESRF-EBS is landmark for ESFRI 2016

In March 2016, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures selected the ESRF-EBS as one of the 29 landmark projects identified for scientific excellence, pan-European relevance, socio-economic impact and innovation.


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Andrew Cairns wins Young Scientist Award

Andrew’s outstanding work on identifying materials with the strongest negative linear compressibility yet known caught the attention of the ESRF User Organisation and earned him the 2016 title of Young Scientist of the Year.




Italian and French ministers back signature

Italian minister for Education, Universities and Research, Stefania Giannini, and French Minister of State for Higher Education and Research, Thierry Mandon, visited the ESRF on 8 February 2016. They chaired the signature of a technical collaboration agreement between the ESRF and the INFN. The agreement will result in an exchange of expertise between ESRF and INFN for ESRF-EBS.




First time for top-up filling in USM

In April 2016, beam was delivered to users for the first time in top-up mode. For four consecutive weeks ESRF users could benefit from a higher integrated current over a 24-hour period, giving more photons and better beam stability due to smaller current variations.




Caroline Bissardon laureate of 2016 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science

Caroline, 25, was one of the 17 PhD students to be recognised by the l’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards. She was rewarded for her work on the unexplored role of selenium in cartilage for which she has used the ESRF extensively, mainly beamlines ID16A and BM30B (FAME CRG). Credit: L’Oreal.




Inauguration of joint grant programme with Russia

On 28th June, in the presence of the Russian Minister for Education and Science, the ESRF inaugurated a joint grant programme to better promote joint scientific and technological endeavours and develop cooperation in the frame of the ESRF-EBS project. Today, the ESRF has developed more than 60 partnerships with Russian institutes and universities.




Ribbon-cutting on beamlines ID15A and ID15B

The two branches of a new beamline, ID15A and ID15B, were inaugurated during the 73rd Scientific Advisory Committee on 9 November 2016.

ID15A is a high energy X-ray beamline for materials chemistry and materials engineering while ID15B, as the successor to the old ID09A beamline, is a high pressure crystallography beamline.