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HZB Foresight Workshops

In the framework of a series of HZB 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. Hence the reason for an extended discussion session “Ideas, Suggestions and Requirements” after each topical session is to enquire the wishes of users and potential users.

The BESSY II electron storage ring has been operating since 1998 and attracts 2000 researchers from throughout the world each year. The facility is particularly well-suited for studies needing soft and VUV X-ray emissions. This had made BESSY II an indispensable institution for the scientific community in Germany and the world for many years. Many experts agree that the community of VUV and soft X-ray emissions user need a new next-generation light source in the medium term. Such a photon source would complement other accelerator projects in the Helmholtz Association with respect to photon energy and experiment investigative techniques.

In order to specify the requirements for a light source of the coming generation needed for specialised research on energy material, there is an active exchange of ideas between the HZB and the users. Discussions are focussing on the photon energy of the light source, the beam quality requirements, as well as the experimental methods and specialised sample environments. The HZB is conducting an new series of BESSY III related workshops in order to systematically involve the user community in the BESSY III project-definition stage (Source: Strategy Paper HZB 2020+).

Upcoming Workshops


Due to the pandemic situation all on-site workshops have to be postponed to a later date.

Medicine Research: From Molecules to Bodies

The 2nd Workshop in the BESSY III Foresight Workshop Series will take place at the BESSY II lecture hall (Albert-Einstein-Str. 15, 12489 Berlin). Participation in the workshop on medicine research is free of charge. More detailed information will follow soon.

Cultural Heritage: Illuminating the past

This foresight workshop is planned and will not only show the current Cultural Heritage research related research activities and experimental possibilities at BESSY II@HZB and other synchrotron sources; in a vivid dialog about future science in this field, it is rather dedicated to develop perspectives as well as to formulate expectations and requirements for successful experiments at our facility in the near future and in preparation of the successor source BESSY III. More detailed information will follow soon.

Previous HZB Workshops

Information about previous HZB Workshops can be found HERE.