At MAX IV the motto of the year 2017 is Starting User Operation!
21 March was the official beginning of spring. At the same time it was exactly 3/4 years after the MAX IV inauguration. What has happened since then?
We are returning to our roots, enabling science using synchrotron and working with external users. But since we want to do this at a world-leading technical standard, with much better user support, to a broader community, and with a high ambition in safety this is a challenge. It is in fact more difficult than I myself had thought.
But we are getting there. Already last year NanoMAX and BioMAX succeeded in doing a few user experiments and receiving about a dozen scientists. All involved got very encouraging and positive feedback!
In 2017 we estimate that we will have 30-50 experiments resulting in about 100-150 scientists coming to MAX IV. Planning and executing the experiments, receiving and training the users, and last but not least analysing the data will keep us busy.
Already now we can say that the Users Meeting 2017 was a highlight. We attracted about 300 people from many disciplines of science, from all over Sweden and from many countries. Having presentations from ESS staff gave us a first glimpse of Brunnshög will be in the future.
The Users Meeting was surrounded by several workshops (IR & Medical imaging in Uppsala, High-Data-Rate and Low-Density-Matter in Lund), which also each attracted many good people. Taken together we had around 500 people at MAX IV; a very impressive number showing the interest by the community and the potential for the future.
Spring is (almost) in the air, during April we will get the next users, and we will get many new colleagues. I hope you agree: Never a dull moment at MAX IV!
Thanks for being part of the community that invests in and uses the brightest X-ray source in the world,
Christoph Quitmann, Director MAX IV Laboratory