ESRF Users Meeting 2012 - report

30-05-2012

The Users' Meeting and Associated Workshops were comprised of 4 days of presentations and discussions devoted to recent advances and future directions in science at the facility.

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The plenary sessions, on the mornings of Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 February, included two keynote lectures and four further plenary lectures covering a large spectrum of ESRF activities, as well as a report from the ESRF Directors in which Francesco Sette gave anoverview of the status of the facility, Rudolf Dimper gave some insight into current and future works onsite and Harald Reichert presented the status of the beamline upgrades and introduced the process for producing the proposal for Phase 2 of the Upgrade Programme. There was also a talk from the winner of the 2012 Young Scientist Award. This year the award went to Dr Irene Zanette, now a postdoctoral researcher at Technische Universität München (Germany) and a former PhD student at ID19, for her work on the development of a 2D grating interferometer for directional dark-field and quantitative phase imaging, and for the demonstration of low-dose methods for multimodal grating-based tomography. The Best Poster Award was won by Mario Keplinger from the Johannes Kepler Universität in Austria for his poster entitled: "InAs1? Px dot in an InAs nanowire: a characterization using standard and nano-focused X-ray diffraction". Two workshops and a school were associated with this year's Users' Meeting. These were entitled "Magnetic Materials under Extreme Conditions" Conditions”, “Hard X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Standing Waves: Status and Trends” and the 4th MX Winter School on "Soft X-rays in Macromolecular Crystallography". Both workshops and the school were very well-attended, and the presentations were of excellent quality, encouraging fruitful and interesting discussion among the participants.