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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. 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 16TH BESSY@HZB User Meeting 2024 will take place 11 to 12 December on-site and live at the WISTA conference center in Berlin-Adlershof. Participation in the user meeting is free of charge.


The BESSY@HZB User Meeting includes the following highlights:

  • The Synchrotron Session, the Public Lecture and the Bestowal of Prizes will take place on Wednesday, December 11
  • Science Highlights will be presented on Wednesday, December 11 and Thursday, December 12
  • The dedicated Young Scientist Session will be held on Thursday, December 12
  • The meeting will be concluded with a thrilling Poster Slam and a Poster Session on Thursday afternoon

Poster Session & Poster Slam

The poster session 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 Thursday 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.

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.

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 400 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