Workshops on Future Perspectives of the Röntgen-Ångström Cluster - Photon Science Workshop

FLASH Seminar room (DESY Hamburg)

FLASH Seminar room

DESY Hamburg

Building 28c, 2.OG, Notkestr. 85, 22607 Hamburg
The Röntgen-Ångström Cluster RAC ( is a Swedish-German research collaboration in the fields of materials science and structural biology that aims to strengthen research at synchrotron and neutron radiation sources. Enabled by an agreement between the Swedish and German governments in 2009, RAC helps initiating and developing cooperative projects between research groups from Germany and Sweden in the above-named fields.
The advent of new outstanding and truly exceptional research facilities in the region such as the European XFEL, MAX IV and soon the ESS will substantially boost the scientific capabilities to unprecedented levels. These drivers of change make strategic discussions on the long-term trends and future perspectives of RAC inevitable.
We will organize two scientific workshops that are strongly cross-connected (Photon Science Workshop on 09 June 2017 in Hamburg; Neutron Science Workshop on 28 June 2017 in Lund) to discuss the future perspectives of RAC beyond 2020. The workshops shall bring together key stakeholders from various scientific fields and associated research communities to discuss and identify the most promising scientific directions and arrive at a long-term strategic view how the RAC collaborative framework should be further pushed and developed towards new levels. Workshop participants are strongly encouraged to actively engage in discussions on new opportunities and challenges to widen RAC – either by integrating further research areas and communities or by identifying the scientific potentials in neighboring countries to be included into an extended RAC collaboration.
The outcomes of this workshop will be offered to research policy stakeholders, including European and national policy makers, programming initiatives, agencies, institutes and research councils as inspiration and input to their strategic research agendas.

Sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

First Announcement
Group Picture
  • Thursday, 8 June
    • 17:00 20:30

      Starting at 17:00h: Facility Tours of European XFEL and DESY (Meeting Point: DESY, Building 1, Foyer; please wear closed shoes)
      Afterwards 19:45h-21:30h informal get-together (DESY, FLASH Seminar room, Building 28c, 2.OG)

    • 08:30 09:00
      Registration 30m
    • 09:00 09:15
      Opening Session

      Welcome and introducing to the goals of this workshop – Ulf Karlsson, Linköping U and Head of Swedish Delegation of RÅC

      • 09:00
        Welcome and introducing to the goals of this workshop 15m
        Speaker: Prof. Ulf Karlsson (Linköping U)
    • 09:15 10:00
      Session I: Setting the stage - the RÅC Landscape (2x 20’)

      Importance of RÅC - view from Germany
      Helmut Dosch, Chair of the Board of Directors at DESY

      International collaborations and RÅC – view from Sweden
      Johan Holmberg, Swedish Research Council

    • 10:00 10:45
      Session II: Future Role of New Research Infrastructures within RÅC (2x 20’)

      MAX IV and the RÅC - Jesper Andersen, MAX IV

      The European XFEL and the connection to RÅC and Sweden – Robert Feidenhans´l, Managing Director of European XFEL GmbH

    • 10:45 11:15
      Coffee break 30m
    • 11:15 11:30
      Changed Agenda: Emerging new scientific themes for German-Swedish Collaboration

      Opportunities in Water Research
      Anders Nilsson, U Stockholm and Gerhard Grübel, DESY

    • 12:15 13:15
      Session IV: Swedish Research Infrastructures and Collaboration in Germany – Importance, opportunities and outlook (3x 20’)

      The Swedish beam line at PETRAIII – Wolfgang Drube, DESY

      The Swedish facility at CSSB - Martin Hällberg, Karolinska Institute

      The Swedish Participation at BESSY II – Nils Mårtensson, Uppsla U

    • 13:15 14:00
      Lunch (Foyer FLASH Seminar Room) 45m
    • 14:00 14:30
      Changed Agenda: Session V: Emerging new scientific themes for German-Swedish Collaboration (2x 15’)

      X-ray imaging at the nano-scale: in-operando, in-situ and time-resolved experiments
      - Markus Osterhoff, U Göttingen – in cooperation with Jesper Wallentin, Lund U

      Bio-inspired Materials
      - Daniel Söderberg, KTH Stockholm – in cooperation with Stephan Roth, DESY

    • 14:30 15:15
      Session VI: Future Needs for Education/Training and Opportunities for Innovation (2x 20’)

      Promoting the next generation of scientists – joint activities and future needs – Günter Kaindl, FU Berlin

      Opportunities in Innovation and industry cooperation - Olof Sandberg, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB

      • 14:30
        Promoting the next generation of scientists – joint activities and future needs 20m
        Speaker: Prof. Günter Kaindl (FU Berlin)
      • 14:50
        Opportunities in Innovation and industry cooperation 20m
        Speaker: Dr Olof Sandberg (RISE)
    • 15:15 15:30
      Short Coffee Break 15m
    • 15:30 17:00
      Session VII: Perspectives of RÅC as a seed for a larger collaboration around the Baltic Sea

      Chair: Pia Kinhult, Senior Strategic Advisor, ESS

      Input/Contributions from representatives from Denmark, Estonia, Finland and Russian Federation

      • Martin Meedom Nielsen, DTU – Denmark
      • Marco Kirm, U Tartu - Estonia
      • Marko Huttula, U Oulu - Finland
      • Mikhail Rychev, NRC Kurchatov Institute – Russian Federation
    • 17:00 17:30
      The way forward – Discussion and Summary

      Moderator: Pia Kinhult, Senior Strategic Advisor, ESS