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Annual SSRL/LCLS Users’ Meeting

September 22 - September 27

The Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) and Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) Users’ Meeting will be held at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, CA, on September 22-27, 2024. This annual meeting is a unique opportunity to gather the lightsource community in a single scientific event that includes numerous presentations in the plenary, poster, and parallel sessions. Participants can learn about current/future facility capabilities and the latest user research as well as discuss science with colleagues from academia, research laboratories, and industry worldwide. For more information and to register, please visit: https://cvent.me/Z0YeVE

Plenary Sessions & Keynote Talks
The September 25th plenary session will include a welcome from SLAC Director John Sarrao, facility updates, and townhall discussion with the LCLS and SSRL Directors, Mike Dunne and Paul McIntyre, and keynote talks from Junko Yano (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), and Markus Ribbe (University of California, Irvine). On September 26th, the plenary session will include young investigator talks and award presentations.

Poster Session [Link]
Presenting a poster is a great way to share your latest research advances and find out what’s new from other users. This year, we are asking that just one individual register to present for each poster. Posters should be based on recent results from research done at LCLS, MeV-UED, SSRL, or the Stanford-SLAC Cryo-EM facility.  Posters based on experimental results from SSRL and LCLS are eligible to compete for a Joe Wong Outstanding Poster Award.  The in-person poster session is planned for the evening of Wednesday, September 25th, following the workshop sessions.

Sessions and Workshops [Link]

  • Sunday, 9/22
    • A Tutorial on X-ray Spectroscopy and Theoretical Modelling for Metalloproteins and Related Systems
    • LCLS Data Analysis Workshop
    • Hands on Imaging Data Reduction Workshop with MicroAnalysis Toolkit v3
  • Monday, 9/23
    • Temperature in (serial) crystallography
    • Time-resolved evolution of collective excitations in quantum materials
    • Emerging opportunities in gas phase and liquid phase science at SLAC MeV-UED facility
    • LCLS laser capabilities and developments
    • Fundamentals at SSRL, Cryo-EM, and LCLS
    • Ultrafast diffraction at the XPP instrument in the LCLS-II HE era
  • Tuesday, 9/24
    • Application of Cryo-EM in Molecular and Cell Biology
    • Environmental and nuclear radiological systems
    • Advances in low sample consumption technologies enable studies on scarce samples and easy-access modes at X-ray light sources for biological, chemical and material sciences
    • Scattering methods for probing collective charge-lattice dynamics
    • Matter in Extreme Conditions
  • Wednesday, 9/25
    • Plenary Session (AM)
    • User Science in the Age of Large Multinstitutional Collaborations, Day 1
    • Operando X-ray Microscopy/Spectroscopy for Catalytic Energy Conversion
    • Momentum microscopy at LCLS-II
    • New opportunities for ultrafast x-ray imaging at the XPP Instrument
    • Poster Session (PM)
  • Thursday, 9/26
    • Plenary Session (AM)
    • User Science in the Age of Large Multinstitutional Collaborations, Day 2
    • Computational Methods in Structural Biology
    • Theory, application, and hands on software workshop on advanced calculations of X-ray spectroscopy with FEFF10, OCEAN, Corvus, and WebXAS
    • Imaging Ultrafast Motion with Attosecond Hard X-Ray Pulses
  • Friday, 9/27
    • MFX-HE: Opportunities for High-Throughput Multimodal Structural Studies and Their Computational Challenges
    • Metals in Structural Biology
    • Science with a High Repetition Rate X-ray Laser Oscillator
    • Building a General Inference Engine for Chemical Dynamics
    • In Situ/Operando Spectroscopy for Sustainable Energy, Water and Environment

Call for SSRL Award Nominations

Please take a few minutes to reflect on accomplishments and submit award nominations by the posted deadlines below. Send award nomination packages to [email protected]. Recipients of the Spicer and SSRL awards will be asked to present their research during the plenary session of the joint SSRL/LCLS Users’ Meeting.

William E. and Diane M. Spicer Young Investigator Award DEADLINE to submit Nominations EXTENDED to July 15The $1,000 Spicer Young Investigator Award honors the professional and personal contributions that William E. and Diane M. Spicer made to our community. Submit nomination packages including a letter summarizing the scientific contributions of the candidate as well as their CV and publications (supporting letters also encouraged).

SSRL Scientific Development Award  Submit Nominations by August 1:  SSRL will provide $1,000 for an award to recognize outstanding new investigatorsand to promote dissemination of results based on work performed at SSRL. Undergraduate or graduate students, or postdoctoral fellows within three years of receiving their Ph.D., can be nominated. The nomination package should include the candidate’s CV, letters of recommendation from the advisor and colleagues, as well as an abstract written by the candidate describing the SSRL-related experiments, scientific results, and plans to present the findings.

Farrel W. Lytle Award – Submit Nominations by August 5:  The $1,000 Lytle Award was established to promote technical or scientific accomplishments in synchrotron radiation-based science and to foster collaboration and efficient use of beam time at SSRL. SSRL users and staff are eligible to be nominated for the Lytle Award. Letters of nominations should include a summary of the individual’s contributions and why they should be recognized through this award. Supporting letters are welcome.


September 22
September 27


2575 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025 United States
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