Attendant Record at DESY Photon Science and European XFEL Users‘ Meeting

This year’s users’ meeting of DESY photon science and the European X-ray free-electron laser European XFEL set up a new participant record. Roughly 800 attendants came together with other users, students and scientists from 23 to 25 January to get the latest news about the advances in the construction of the European XFEL and the newest developments at DESY’s light sources FLASH and PETRA III.

“This year’s participant record at the users’ meeting shows the strong interest of a broad user community in the light sources at DESY and the European XFEL, which is in progress,” DESY research director Edgar Weckert stresses. “The research with photons is an extremely dynamic territory due to the rapid technological development in x-ray sources, which offers important contributions to the problem solving process in many scientific fields.”

Thomas Tschentscher, scientific director at European XFEL, was especially pleased about the high number of young scientists at the meeting. This year the European XFEL was able to support more than 45 of them with travel grants – almost twice as many as in 2012. “We want to make the coming generation of scientists aware of the huge potential and research opportunities XFELs offer,” he said.

Priorities of the meeting were future measuring instruments at the European XFEL as well as at the extensions of DESY’s light sources FLASH and PETRA III among other things. In addition to that latest scientific findings were presented in satellites and a joint poster session. The junior scientists also had the possibility to get information about current job opportunities at the European XFEL. Europe’s new X-ray free-electron laser, where DESY is a main partner, is planned to start running 2015.

M. Müller from FZ Jülich in her talk.