About Us

The Society for Science at User Research Facilities (SSURF) is a non-profit organization working to advance the success and awareness of the nation's user facilities.

We Champion the Value of the Crucial Research
at the Nation's User Research Facilities

Our mission is to provide a consolidated voice and be a unique resource for best practices and support to those who are engaged in research at one or more of our nation’s user facilities.

Our Values: We embody sincere curiosity and seek an ever-broadening spectrum of inclusion across the scientific research ecosystem of User Facilities. We strive to proudly give recognition to the work of scientists and to increase user involvement in our activities. 

Our Vision: We envision our members’ discoveries as unique and crucial sources of insight and solutions that benefit all of humanity, making the world safer, more prosperous, more healthy and connected. Likewise we envision our membership is globally renowned as the most specialized, brilliant network of fundamental scientific research laboratories available to the most talented scientists from across the globe.

SSURF’s primary efforts are:

1) supporting our professional research network by sharing best practices and facilitating professional development, via webinars, newsletters, social media and our Annual Meeting; and 

2) promoting awareness about the benefits and significance of User Facility research via statements, presentations, conference participation and site visits. 

SSURF was incorporated in 2016 as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization; an elected volunteer Board of Directors governs SSURF. In July 2020, SSURF hired its first Executive Director, Dan Powers, in a part-time role to organize operational logistics. There are several volunteer committees helping with operations as well.

A new website was launched in July 2021 to upgrade the communications by SSURF, followed by social media and newsletter additions to enhance the sharing of news, events and best practices among its members and the general audience of user facility stakeholders. More activities, webinars and strategic advocacy activities to support members will continue to be announced. 

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