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BESSY@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. (FHZB) are traditional highlights of the user meetings.

The 15th BESSY@HZB User Meeting 2023 will take place on June 22 to 23 as a summer meeting on-site and live at the WISTA conference center in Berlin-Adlershof. Participation in the user meeting is free of charge.


Poster Session & Poster Slam

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 must be present during winners announcement time to be eligible for the 'Best Poster Award'. All posters will be on display in the BESSY II experimental hall until next year's user meeting. The poster session will be accompanied by a poster slam - live and on stage - on Friday afternoon. If you would like to present a poster and be interested to participate in the poster slam, please indicate your request in the registration form and register your poster presentation according to one of the following scientific categories:

  • Information Technology
  • Matter & Material
  • Energy Storage
  • Energy Conversion
  • Life Science & Health

Please note that all posters have to be in DIN A0 landscape format:  120 cm (width) x 84 cm (height)

In case you need to print your poster on site, please go HERE.


Satellite Workshops

This year's user meeting will be accompanied by two Satellite Workshops.

Workshop 1
The German-Israeli Minerva-Gentner Symposium
"Bringing the Sea to Berlin" - the future of marine sciences building on high-resolution X-ray characterization methods at BESSY II@HZB. The symposium will take place June 19 to 21 at the HZB campus in Adlershof and is addressed to scientists working in this research field.

Workshop 2
Probing functionality with soft x-rays: (a) Active sites and dynamics in molecules and materials and (b) Elemental excitations in solids. This workshop we will take place on June 21 in a hybrid format at the HZB campus in Adlershof. We will present the new instrumentation and opportunities at BESSY II to access and investigate material functionality and its dynamics.


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


Travel Information

The BESSY@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 main station (Hauptbahnhof) / S9 to Adlershof station
  • From Airport BER / S9 or S45 to Adlershof station
  • Passenger information S-Bahn Berlin and BVG