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NSLS-II Strategic Planning Workshop


As illustrated in the Beamline Map and Directory, the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) has 28 beamlines in operations or under development, leaving exciting opportunities for continued development. The Strategic Planning Workshop will launch the process of identifying the next wave of facility beamlines. The workshop goals will be to review the ability of the current suite of NSLS-II beamlines to address outstanding scientific and technological challenges, and identify:

  • Capability gaps
  • Opportunities for the development of world-leading capabilities or novel approaches
  • Shortages in capacity
  • University/Industry and NSLS-II co-leads to drive the development of new beamline concepts

In order to accomplish these goals, the Strategic Planning Workshop will include NSLS-II Speakers to provide an overview of the current NSLS-II strategic plan and the new Beamline Development Process (BDP) procedure, Invited Speakers from next generation of high-brightness synchrotron facilities to provide the future synchrotron facility landscape, and Invited Speakers who are doing forefront research and technology development utilizing existing facilities. These presentations will set the stage for the central focus of the workshop - an 'Open Call' for contributed talks from the NSLS-II user community for new beamline concepts.

These new beamline concepts will be critically discussed, similar concepts integrated, and potential NSLS-II and university/industry co-leads identified to drive the Beamline Development Proposal (BDP) procedure, a review procedure that includes: engaging NSLS-II management, submitting a Beamline Development Pre-Proposal (BDPP) and Beamline Development Proposal (BDP), and ultimately Funding Proposal(s) that will result in the next set of NSLS-II leading-edge beamlines. The first deadline for submitting Beamline Development Pre-Proposals is Oct. 30, 2015.

View Beamline Development Proposal Procedure


The beamline concepts will be discussed in three break-out sessions organized by the primary scientific themes described in the NSLS-II Strategic Plan:

Emergent Behavior from Complexity - new beamline concepts needed to understand the physics underlying complex structure and dynamics including research topics as:

  • Strongly correlated electron systems.
  • Collective dynamics.
  • Non-equilibrium physics.
  • Complex fluids and hierarchical hybrid systems.
  • Applications research on petrochemicals, adhesives, household and personal care products, water purification, organic electronics, functional inks, fuel cells, memory technologies, spintronic logic, superconducting devices, electronic and magnetic nanostructures, etc.

Materials Discovery and Operando - new beamline concepts needed for advanced materials discovery and to study systems that are evolving in time (for example, after excitation or while undergoing chemical reaction) and metastable states, including research topics as:

  • Real materials in Real Time and in Real Conditions, materials under extreme conditions.
  • Materials processing, synthesis, and growth.
  • Materials for energy production and storage and nuclear energy.
  • Materials at the frontier of complexity, whether the frontier is nanostructure, heterogeneity or in situ environments.
  • Applications research on microelectronics, batteries, photovoltaics, hydrogen storage, CO2 sequestration, advanced structural ceramics, catalysis, etc.

Mesoscale Imaging in Environmental & Biological Sciences - new beamline concepts needed to probe the structure, chemistry, and dynamics of biological systems at the interface with their environment including research topics as:

  • Biogeochemistry of the environment.
  • Climate, atmospheric, and planetary science.
  • Structures and dynamics of biomolecules and molecular machines.
  • Multiscale cellular imaging and systems biology.
  • Applications research on sustainability, bioremediation, climate modeling, genetic engineering, bioengineering, pharmaceuticals, etc.


There are no registration fees to attend the workshop but registration is required. The registration deadline is September 25, 2015. If you will be presenting a new beamline concept at the workshop, include a title and brief description of the concept in your registration; new endstation concepts may also be presented. Critical feedback from the workshop participants will serve to strengthen your beamline concept, possibly broaden its scientific user base, and thereby make it more competitive in the proposal process launched by the workshop.


Prior to the workshop, we encourage user comunity to review the current 2015 NSLS-II Strategic Plan and identify the new beamline concepts that will enable NSLS-II to meet the research and technology challenges of the future.


Workshop co-sponsored by the NSLS-II User Executive Committee.

Invited Speakers

  • Joel Brock (CHESS)
  • Paul Fuoss (ANL)
  • Jinghua Guo (LBNL)
  • Franz Hennies (MAX-IV)
  • Tony Lanzirotti (U. Chicago)
  • Carolyn Larabell (UC San Francisco)
  • Filippo Mancia (Columbia U. Medical Center)
  • Mathieu LeTacon (Max Planck Inst)
  • Gerd Materlik (U. College London)
  • Harald Reichert (ESRF)
  • Oleg Shpyrko (UC San Diego)
  • Christopher Soles (NIST)

Workshop Scientific Organizing Committee

  • John Hill (Chair)
  • Klaus Attenkofer
  • Eric Dooryhee
  • Ignace Jarrige
  • Lisa Miller
  • Sean McSweeney
  • Ron Pindak
  • Qun Shen
  • John Smedley (UEC)


Focus Session on Industry
Participants interested in advancing NSLS-II capabilities for industry are invited to attend a lunch-time discussion in the Small Physics Seminar Room (Bldg. 510) on Thursday, September 24, 2015 11:45 AM-12:45 PM. View Map

Welcome Reception
Participants are invited to attend the Welcome Reception at the National Synchrotron Light Source II (Bldg. 740), Main Lobby on Thursday, September 24, 2015 5:00-6:00 PM.
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NSLS-II Facility Tour
Participants will be able to tour the National Synchrotron Light Source II on Thursday, September 24, 2015 5:30 PM. View Details


Click on the "Workshop Information" tab above to find accommodation information.

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Last Modified: September 18, 2015