Events & Conferences

8 Jan – 9 Jan 2018, Physical Science with FELs – Synergies with Diamond and RAL,  Diamond Light Source, UK

A joint Diamond-STFC workshop will be held at Diamond on Mon. 8th and Tue. 9th January 2018 (noon to noon) to discuss how Diamond and RAL can support or facilitate FEL research in the physical sciences. The meeting will provide a platform for discussing the formation of a Physical Science FEL centre/hub, and how FEL-Diamond/RAL synergies can be exploited to support UK FEL scientists.

Draft discussion topics and objectives for the meeting include:

  • A strategy for bringing the Physical Science FEL community of the UK together
  • Establish a Centre for Physical Science research with FELs, complementing the Life Science XFEL Hub at Diamond (
  • Capture how Diamond and RAL can support Physical Science Research at FELs
  • Create an information exchange platform for FEL issues and activities
  • Identify Diamond’s and RAL’s relevant expertise for supporting science at and exploit synergies with FELs worldwide, with particular emphasis on European XFEL. Suggested areas include:
    1. Optics  
    2. Sample environment  
    3. Beamline and instrument engineering  
    4. Nano-positioning and manipulation
    5. Crystal growth facilities at ISIS and RCaH
    6. Detectors
    7. Laser facilities (CLF)

Unfortunately the number of attendees will have to be limited. Colleagues interested in this workshop should contact Sven Schroeder ( and Jörg Zegenhagen (, stating their interest in FELs.

24 Jan – 26 Jan 20182018 European XFEL Users’ Meeting and Satellite Meetings, DESY-Hamburg and European XFEL, Schenefeld, Germany

The European XFEL Users’ Meeting is an annual opportunity to strengthen the interaction between the European XFEL project and the scientific user community. The scope of this meeting includes:

  • Progress and current status of the European XFEL
  • Instrument design developments & advances
  • Early User experiments and selected science applications

Current developments in the field of XFEL facilities


Previous Events & Conferences

30 Nov – 1 December, EUCALL Workshop: Biology at Advanced Laser Light Sources, European XFEL, Schenefeld, Germany

20-25 August 2017, FEL 2017, 38th International Free Electron Laser Conference, Santa Fe, NM, USA

1-3 May 2017, PhotonDiag 2017, Workshop on FEL Photon Diagnostics, Instrumentation, and Beamline DesignSLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, CA, USA

25-27 January 2017, European XFEL Users’ Meeting and Satellite Meetings, DESY Hamburg and European XFEL, Schenefeld, Germany

7-9 Decembre 2016, International workshop on frontiers of XFEL science, POSTECH, Korea

6 December 2016: SwissFEL Users’ Kick-off Meeting, Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland

01-02 December 2016: User Workshop FXE instrument, European XFEL, Schenefeld, Hamburg

28-29 November 2016 User Workshop SPB/SFX instrument, European XFEL, Schenefeld, Hamburg

26-27 September 2016:  Scientific Opportunities for Ultrafast Hard X-rays at High Repetition Rate: An Energy Upgrade of LCLS-II, SLAC, USA

5-7 September 2016, Science@FELs 2016, Trieste, Italy

31 August – 2 September 2016: Faraday Discussion on Ultrafast Imaging of Photochemical Dynamics, Edinburgh, UK

12-16 June 2016: Ultrafast X-ray Summer Seminar 2016 (UXSS 2016), SLAC, USA

5-10 June 2016: International School of Solid State Physics, 68th Course: “The Free Electron Laser for Ultrafast Imaging at the Nanoscale”, Erice, Sicily

2-3 June 2016: UK Bio-XFEL Single Particle Imaging Workshop, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell – “Pickavance Theatre”
Download a summary of the workshop here.

17-23 May 2016: Erice School-Workshop “Trends in Free Electron Laser Physics”, Erice, Sicily

2 March 2016: Ultrafast and High Brightness X-rays, Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London

1-3 February 2016, Workshop on Imaging with Femtosecond Electrons and X-ray Pulses (IFEXS), Trieste, Italy

27-29 January 2016: 2016 European XFEL Users’ Meeting and Satellite Meetings, DESY Hamburg, Germany

10-11 December 2015: Multicolor FEL pulses and coherent control on the attosecond time scale opening new science perspectives, ICTP, Trieste, Italy.

9-13 February 2015: LCLS-II Scientific Opportunities Workshops, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

28-30 January 2015: 2015 European XFEL Users’ Meeting and Satellite Meetings, DESY Hamburg, Germany

15-17 September 2014: Science@FELs 2014, Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland

5 September 2014: Prospective Applications of Attosecond Science, Workshop at Imperial College, United Kingdom

25-29 August 2014: 36th International Free Electron Laser Conference, Basel, Switzerland

9-11 July 2014: Emerging photon technologies for chemical dynamics,  University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

15-19 June 2014: Ultrafast X-ray Summer Seminar 2014, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, USA

21-23 May 2014: Workshop on “Advanced X-ray FEL Development”, DESY, Hamburg

29-31 January 2014: European XFEL Users’ Meeting 2014 and Satellite Meetings, DESY Hamburg, Germany

30-31 January 2014: DESY Photon Science Users’ Meeting, Hamburg, Germany

16-17 October 2013: X-ray Lasers in Biology – Techniques, The Royal Society at Chicheley Hall.

14-15 October 2013: X-ray Lasers in Biology, the Royal Society, London.

16-20 September 2013: X-FEL2013 School and symposium, Dinard, France. Registration ends 15 June 2013.

15-20 September 2013: DPG Physics School on Free-electron X-ray Laser Physics, Physikzentrum Bad Honnef, Germany. Registration ends 31 July 2013.

15-18 April 2013: SPIE conference on Advances in X-ray Free-Electron Laser Instrumentation, Prague, Czech Republic. Registration ends 21 January 2013.

23-25 January 2013: European XFEL Users’ Meeting 2013, DESY Hamburg, Germany. Registration deadline is 08 January 2013.

27-31 August 2012: 34 th International FEL conference, Nara, Japan. Registration deadline is 22 August 2012.

19-20 July 2012: Science with seeded FEL beams, European XFEL, Hamburg, Germany. Registration deadline is 13 July 2012.

15-18 July 2012: Science at FELs Satellite Meeting, SRI2012, Hamburg, Germany. Registration deadline is 30 April 2012.

4-8 June 2012: X-FEL school 2012, Annecy, France. Registration deadline is 6 May 2012.

10-13 April 2012: Free-Electron Lasers: from Fundamentals to Applications, 503th Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Seminar, Physikzentrum Bad Honnef, Germany

5-9 March 2012: International ICFA Workshop on Future Light Sources,Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Newport News, VA, USA

25 January 2012: European XFEL Users’ Meeting, DESY, Hamburg, Germany

21 November 2011: Workshops on hard X-ray instrumentation at the SwissFEL X-ray Free Electron Laser facility

14 November 2011: Scientific opportunities for a Nordic Free Electron Laser, 24th Annual User Meeting, Scandic Star, Lund, Sweden

22 October 2011 : 2011 SSRL / LCLS Annual Users’ Meeting & Workshops, Stanford, USA

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