BESSYII@HZB User Meeting

With the series of annual user meetings we bring together our user community to intensify scientific exchange and stimulating new collaborations. The meetings will provide an overview of the many exciting and inspiring research results obtained at our facility in the past year. A keynote lecture, plenary talks, discussions, a public lecture and a poster session will provide vast possibilities of information and discussion.

The bestowals of the 'Prizes for Young Scientists' donated by the Freundeskreis Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin e. V. are traditional highlights of the user meetings.

After hours of inspiring scientific presentations we hope to meet you at our delicious buffet for closing the meeting with an enjoyable evening. The buffet is sponsored by the companies participating in the accompanying vendor exhibition. As well as this generous gesture the exhibitors will be happy to have the opportunity to inform you on their latest developments in all fields of research equipment.

Participation in the BESSYII@HZB User Meetings is free of charge.


The Twelfth BESSYII@HZB User Meeting will take place December 9 to 11, 2020 at Berlin-Adlershof.

  • The Young Scientists and Synchrotron Day will take place on Wednesday, December 9
  • The Science Day, the Public Lecture and the Poster Session will take place on Thursday, December 10
  • Satellite workshops will be held on Friday, December 11

Poster Session

The poster session - an important and integral part of the user meeting - is an excellent opportunity to present and discuss your latest research results.

A committee will recognize the best poster presentation and will select a 'Best Poster Award' winner on the basis of the poster's content, appearance and presentation quality. Poster award winners are requested to attend during winners announcement time to be eligible for the 'Best Poster Award'.

All posters have to be in DIN A0 landscape format: 120 cm (width) x 84 cm (height)

All posters will be on display in the BESSY II experimental hall until next years' user meeting.

The poster submission for the next BESSYII@HZB User Meeting will be open in September 2020.

Satellite Workshops

In the framework of a series of foresight workshops, HZB wishes to establish a discussion of future projects and research activities in strong interaction with current and future users from universities, research institutes and industry. The aim of the dialogue is to discuss future scientific fields and expectations, needs and requirements for cutting edge science with synchrotron radiation.

Vendor Exhibition

An important part of our user meeting is the vendor exhibition, which is running alongside the meeting. We provide your organisation with the great opportunity to present your products to a large number of high impact customers. Each year we expect some 450 participants; surely a significant number for presenting your company, and a good chance to get in contact with new customers using synchrotron radiation and performing experiments at BESSY II.

More than 50 companies have the opportunity to present their most recent products related to the field of synchrotron radiation. The exhibition is arranged in the Newton- and Einstein-Kabinett of the WISTA conference center.

For more detailed information on how to join the vendor exhibtion please go to the vendor exhibition webpage.

Travel Information

The BESSYII@HZB User Meeting will be held at the WISTA conference center and at BESSY II at Science Park Adlershof.

WISTA conference center
Rudower Chaussee 17
12489 Berlin
Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin/BESSY II
Albert-Enstein-Straße 15
12489 Berlin

Public Transport

  • From Airport Tegel:
    bus TXL to main station (Hauptbahnhof), S9 to Adlershof station
  • From Airport Schönefeld:
    S9 or S45 to Adlershof station

Please find more detailed information about the public transport and the latest schedules at the following pages: