About Us

The Society for Science at User Research Facilities (SSURF) is a non-profit organization with a mission to empower the nation's user facility research.

We Share the Best Practices, Ideas and Connections at the Nation's User Research Facilities

The Society for Science at User Research Facilities provides a consolidated voice for those engaged in, supporting, and/or interested in research conducted by Users of America’s national user facilities.

Our Values: Curiosity, Inclusion, Recognition, Involvement, Truth

Our Vision: We aspire to see our member facilities are globally renowned as the most specialized, brilliant network of fundamental scientific research laboratories available to the most visionary scientists from across the globe.

SSURF’s primary efforts are:

  1. supporting federal user facility communities and research networks by sharing best practices and facilitating professional development, and
  2. promoting public awareness about the benefits and significance of user facility research.

Our organization was incorporated in 2016 as a not-for-profit organization; an elected 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.

In February 2021 the Board approved an update to SSURF’s bylaws with specific elements regarding membership categories, the responsibilities of the new Executive Director and the voting rights of members.

A new website was launched in July 2021 to upgrade the communications by SSURF and enhance the sharing of news, events and best practices among its members and the general audience of User Facility stakeholders.