LCLS Users' Organization Update
A record crowd of about 400 people participated in the annual joint LCLS and SSRL users' meeting and workshops, held Oct. 1-4, 2013. Although a few speakers were not able to attend due to a lapse in US federal funding, the meeting continued as planned. https://news.slac.stanford.edu/features/annual-meeting-workshops-highlight-slacs-lcls-ssrl
AMO: Nina Rohringer, CFEL
Christian Bressler (XFEL), a co-chair of the conference and the LCLS Users Executive Committee, commented, "First and overall, we found this a very successful users meeting! Attendance was excellent. We were deeply impressed by the high quality of science and facility progress. The new LCLS II plans excited everybody around. There were very excellent workshops, which attracted many scientists." The program was scheduled so that simultaneous breaks brought many people together for interactions in the tent where the refreshments, posters and exhibits were set up. The registration fee was kept low this year (and was waived for students) to encourage more participation by Ph.D. students and postdocs.
In conjunction with the event, interested scientists participated in the LCLS Users' Organization meeting, which was an open discussion with LCLS Interim Director Uwe Bergmann. The users acknowledged and thanked LCLS management and the User Research Administration group for their communications and interactions throughout the year.
Users also applauded and thanked the 2012-13 UEC Chair Jan Luning, the 2013-14 UEC Chair Christian Bressler, and retiring UEC members Todd Ditmire, Thomas Earnest, Siegfried Glenzer, Stefano Marchesini and Oleg G. Shpyrko for their service. The UEC looks forward to working with newly elected LCLS UEC Vice Chair Philippe Wernet and members:
BIO: Petra Fromme, Arizona State
BIO: Ilme Schlichting, MPI Heidelberg
HCM: Steven Johnson, ETH Zurich
MEC: Gianluca Gregori, Oxford University
The LCLS UEC encourages users to share feedback and suggestions and to participate in events like the annual users' conference and workshops. If there are particular topics of interest for the next event, contact anyone on the UEC.
- Christian Bressler (European XFEL), LCLS UEC Chair
We are starting to plan the 2014 Users' Meeting and would appreciate input to identify the best dates for the next users' meeting. Please use this poll to indicate availability and preferred dates for the 2014 joint SSRL and LCLS Users' Meeting and Workshops.