The annual event dedicated to the ESRF user community: learn about, discuss and experience the science and cutting-edge research made with ESRF synchrotron light


The annual ESRF User Meeting will take place in early February 2021, six months into user operation with the ESRF-EBS, the world's first and brightest 4th generation high energy source. All over the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown up major challenges for continuing activities and large user research facilities are no exception. The ESRF has taken up these challenges and will open its doors to the first users of the EBS source on 25th August, as planned. User operation will begin via remote experiments on all ESRF beamlines, to minimise any risk to the health of both users and staff. This is possible thanks to the support and action of many ESRF colleagues, but also thanks to the confidence and adaptability of the user community. Users are expected to gradually come back on-site over the following months, if this is commensurate with the health situation and guidelines in force. This pandemic has taught all of us about resilience, adapting to teleworking and remote professional interactions, all of which will be used by both users and staff to carry out the best science with our brand new source..

The ESRF User Meeting will be an excellent opportunity to hear the latest research and technical news, including the latest news on COVID-19 research at the ESRF, but more importantly to interact again face-to-face with beamline scientists and fellow researchers, to talk about your science and to share experiences and exchange ideas. This time together will be the perfect breeding ground for new research ideas, which can be exploited for the March 2021 proposal submission deadline.



Monday 8 February 2021


13 tutorials of direct interest for ESRF Users will cover a large variety of topics from sample preparation, beamline control tools to data analysis and will be completed by a transversal tutorial on communication of scientific results. They will include a tutorial on “BLISS”, the new beamline control system, and other new tutorials.

Opening of the Plenary Session, on Monday 8 February, with a presentation by Edith Heard, Director General of EMBL, Heidelberg (Germany), on the role of women in science, followed by the Welcome buffet.

Tuesday 9 February 2021

   Plenary Session day


  • Four Keynote Speakers
    Pablo Beato Haldor TopsØe, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
    Irene Margiolaki University of Patras, Greece
    Letizia Monico CNR-SCITEC, Perugia, Italy
    Maximilien Ackermann
    & Danny Jonigk
    Mainz University, Germany /
    Hannover Medical School, Germany




  • Young Scientist Award !! Call is open !!
  • Facility report on the restart of the "Extremely Brilliant Source" project
  • Poster session: clips and prize
  • Welcome and Awards banquet
  • Commercial exhibition of synchrotron-related equipment





Wednesday 10 February 2021




  3 User-Dedicated Microsymposia



  • UDM1. "Emerging viral diseases: how can structural studies help to seek remedies?"
    UOC Organiser M. Mapelli
    ESRF Organisers E. Kandiah
    C. Mueller-Dieckmann
    N. Theyencheri




  • UDM2. "Understanding biomineralisation: the inputs of micro- and nano-X-ray analysis"
    UOC Organiser M. Brunelli
    G. Requena
    ESRF Organisers P.K. Cook
    J. Villanova
    B. Hesse
    M. Burghammer





  • UDM3. "Physics and Chemistry of Actinides seen by X-rays"
    UOC Organiser K. Küpper
    ESRF Organisers F. Wilhelm
    K. Kvashnina





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Further information on the programme, registration procedure, abstract and poster submission will be provided in October






10 November 2020 Deadline for Young Scientist Award nominations
6 December 2020 Deadline for User-Dedicated Microsymposia abstract submission
20 January 2021 Deadline for registration (no late registration accepted)
20 January 2021 Deadline for poster submission for prize and booklet