The annual machine schedule is the backbone of the ESRF operation. It defines the dates for the start and end of each run, and the dates for the two long and three short shutdown periods. The beam delivery in the different operation modes is planned for consecutive six-month periods, after each proposal round.

World-leading performance in terms of quality, stability and reliability of the X-ray beams characterises our operations. We also ensure maximum safety for our users and staff whilst on site.

In conjunction with the Upgrade Programme, several beamlines will be shut down temporarily for refurbishment. The web pages below include the latest information and will be regularly updated.

Storage ring status
Machine operation
Shutdown schedule


control room

Staff surveying the X-ray source  from the ESRF control room.



Information for Users

Proposal deadline for beamtime from March 2017 to July 2017:

10th September 2016 (inclusive)

Long Term Projects:

15 Jan 2017 (inclusive)

Review Committee Meetings:

27-28 October 2016

User guide