User Community Consultation

STFC has launched the draft science case, led by Professor Jon Marangos (Imperial College), for a UK based X-ray Free Electron Laser (UK-XFEL). This document forms the basis of a consultation with the scientific community that will close on 15th September 2020. 

The science case can be downloaded in Full, or just the Executive Summary.

The science case seeks to address:

·        Over the coming decades how will the technological and scientific opportunities enabled by XFELs develop?

·        What specific impact might there be from a UK machine aimed at offering new capabilities and adding to the capacity available internationally.

STFC, Prof Marangos and the Science Team are actively soliciting feedback, prior to undergoing formal independent review later this year. Please send any comments or thoughts to

STFC will also be hosting a series of live, discipline specific Webinars between July and mid-September where relevant members of the Science Team will present the key scientific, industrial and innovation opportunities. They will be 90 mins long (45 min presentation; 45 min Q&A), recorded and available afterwards here. Dates for the first four and links:

SubjectDateTimeLive Webinar Link / Recording
Science Case Overview23 July2 pm
Life Sciences28 July2 pm
Chemical and Material Sciences30 July2 pm
Physical and Extreme Conditions5 August2 pm