See Presentations from the 2024 SSURF Annual Meeting in Washington D.C.
Our 2024 Annual Meeting was May 15 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. - a full day of insightful presentations & keynotes tailored to the interests of user facility leadership, administrators and user Executive Committee members.
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ESnet Releases New Version of iperf, Network Performance Measurement Tool
It can be used as a stand-alone tool for measuring network performance in general, applicable to all types of organizations relying on networks.
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Sandia Releases QuESt 2.0 – Open-source Platform for Energy Storage Analytics
The platform standardizes data and program structures, integrates applications seamlessly, and utilizes generative AI for advanced analytics.
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SSURF's FY25 Statement to OMB, OSTP, DOE Leadership
SSURF urged their consideration to provide no less than $9.5 billion for the Office of Science consistent with the bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act
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Proton Power Upgrade Reaches Turning Point at the Spallation Neutron Source
New tunnel will provide connecting point for the accelerator beamline between SNS and the planned Second Target Station - increasing accelerator power up to 2.8 megawatts
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National Nanotechnology Initiative R&D User Facilities
Several Federal agencies operate nanotechnology research facilities that are available to outside users at the Department of Commerce, National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health & the Department of Health and Human Services.
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HFIR Retrofitting Robotics Increases Efficiency of Neutron Experiments
The BIO-SANS Instrument at the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) is the latest neutron scattering instrument with upgrades that quadruple the number of samples the instrument can measure automatically.
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We Share the Best Practices and Advocate for Crucial Research
at the Nation's User Research Facilities

WHAT IS A USER RESEARCH FACILITY?

In response to national security challenges of the first World Wars the United States made the strategic decision to invest in complex, large scale scientific facilities to ensure America’s leadership role in fundamental science. These include particle and nuclear physics accelerators, synchrotron light sources, neutron scattering facilities, supercomputers and high-speed computer networks, nanoscale science research centers, genome sequencing facilities, and advanced resources in imaging and analysis for biological and environmental systems. 

These specialized technologies and lab expertise are available to the scientific community, for free or at low cost, through a competitive proposal review process to nurture discoveries that support our national security and improve humanity.   

Over the last 70+ years this crucial network of user research facilities has been a profound source of fundamental discoveries that continue to shape the path of science for the world. 

The Society for Science at User Research Facilities exists to connect these facilities to share best practices, provide trainings, advocate for continued federal funding, promote efficient data access and engage the scientific community.

Latest News From The SSURF Network

Neutron Sciences General User Proposal Call for 2025-A will close on Wednesday, August 28, 2024.
X-ray beams will be up to 500 times brighter than before the APS Upgrade once the current is at a full 200mA.
New 5-year strategic plan outlines how the JGI will advance the bioeconomy, leveraging partnerships to advance foundational science, creating opportunities for the global research community.
The inaugural board of directors for its first ever agency-related foundation was announced on May 9, 2024.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Aurora supercomputer has officially broken the exascale barrier.
The NAIRR Pilot aims to connect U.S. researchers and educators to computational, data, and training resources needed to advance AI research and research that employs AI.
The Molecular Foundry User Meeting is August 14-16, 2024; hybrid event hosted in Berkeley, California.

Publications

NSF Major Multi-User Facilities

Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) Fact Sheet

Dept. of Energy Office of Science Fact Sheet

The Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory 2021 Strategic Plan

User Facility Spotlights

Click to See Details of Their Profound Research
The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies is a Department of Energy-funded nanoscience research facility that provides users from around the world with access to state of the art expertise and instrumentation.
The Molecular Foundry is a U.S. Department of Energy-funded nanoscience research facility that provides users from around the world with access to cutting-edge expertise and instrumentation in a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment.
The Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) s a Directorate of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC), and is an Office of Science User Facility operated for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) by Stanford University.
The Spallation Neutron Source is an accelerator-based neutron source facility in the U.S. that provides the most intense pulsed neutron beams in the world for scientific research and industrial development.

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