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Societal themes and scientific areas

The research proposed in an application for beamtime should be identified within the framework of a "Societal Theme" which must be registered by the main proposer in the electronic registration form.

The following "Societal Themes" are proposed:

  • 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 (if none of the above are relevant; keywords must be given)

The information is mandatory and ONLY one societal theme can be selected.

Please note that the proposers must identify whether the proposal is fundamental / applied / industrially relevant science elsewhere on the proposal form. The societal theme section should not be used for this. Please therefore ONLY select "Fundamental Science" if the theme is Fundamental Science not already covered by the other themes proposed.

Scientific areas

Each application for beamtime is assigned to one of 12 scientific areas as follows:

  • 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, Rolling applications and LTP proposals.
  • SC (Soft Condensed Matter Science)

For queries or questions, please contact the User Office.