Latest Webinars Hosted by SSURF

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 Research Facilities.

The Society for Science at Research User Facilities Webinars

Past SSURF Webinars

Los Alamos 2022 DisrupTECH

Los Alamos 2022 DisrupTECH Tech-Transfer Event

Cutting-edge technologies with tech-transfer potential – including better forensic sampling methods & lower-cost methane-leak detection – were among eight presentations made by Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists as part of the 2022 DisrupTECH event.

Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne & FSU Scientists Discover Structure Dynamics to Improve Solar Cells

To help bring halide perovskites – promising materials for solar cells – from the lab to commercialization, researchers at Florida State University and DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory examined them under real-world conditions. The scientists found that light and electric fields can create changes in the material’s basic properties and affect

Argonne Leadership Computing Facility workshop

Aug 31 Argonne Leadership Computing Facility Polaris System Workshop

On August 31 Argonne Leadership Computing Facility is hosting a webinar on the HDF5 parallel file system, its possible effects on HDF5 performance, and a summary of tools useful for performance investigations.  HDF5 is a data model, file format, and I/O library that has become a de-facto standard for HPC

NSF Major Multi-User Facilities

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Partnership in Experimental Elementary Particle Physics

With this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), PHY and DUE encourage proposals that involve collaboration between an experimental physicist(s) involved in research with the ATLAS or CMS detector and an educator(s) conducting research in STEM education. This partnership between the investigators should enable them to concurrently carry out research in experimental elementary particle physics (EPP) and advance educational practice and education research at the undergraduate (college/university) level within state-of-the-art research environments in physics.

Advanced Light Source

Aug. 15 – 17: Advanced Light Source Annual User Meeting

RSVP for the free 2022 Advanced Light Source User Meeting, which will take place virtually August 15–17. The ALS mission is to advance science for the benefit of society by providing our world-class synchrotron light source capabilities and expertise to a broad scientific community. Agenda Highlights include: (and check the

Center for Functional Nanomaterials

NSLS-II, CFN, APS & NERSC Collaborate on Conversion of CO2 and Ethane Research

In their study, the researchers solved the challenge of discovering the right catalytic pathway for using ethane to convert CO2 into gas for generating electricity, liquid fuels, or ethylene.Converting carbon dioxide (CO2) and ethane—an underutilized component of natural gas—into chemicals with higher value would allow us to make use of

Xin Zhang, a scientist at PNNL

Researchers Use EMSL Instruments to Unveil New Details of Hematite Formation

Understanding how minerals crystallize and bond in various conditions provides important insights into predicting and controlling their development. It also provides crucial fundamental information for the creation of new materials.  Recently, researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory used a series of instruments and techniques at the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory to

New Data Portal Empowers Microbiome Researchers

Researchers from the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), the Joint Genome Institute (JGI), Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have created the National Microbiome Data Collaborative (NMDC) Data Portal.

Dec. 16: SSURF Webinar with Dr. Vanessa Chan, OTT Director

SSURF will host a free webinar on Thursday, December 16, 1:00PM EST with Dr. Vanessa Chan, Chief Commercialization Officer for the Department of Energy and Director of the Office of Technology Transitions. The U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) serves as the central hub for the technology

Advanced Light Source logo

Advanced Light Source Seeks User Services Group Leader

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL) Advanced Light Source (ALS) Division has an opening for a User Services Group Leader to join the team.  The Advanced Light Source is a U.S. Department of Energy Office (DOE) of Science national scientific user facility whose excellent scientific reputation, expert staff, and capabilities in

2021 SSURF Annual Meeting Nov. 9 & 10, Registration Open

The 2021 Society for Science at User Research Facilities Annual Meeting is November 9 & 10, 2021. This two-day event is all online and is a forum for the most informed and brilliant scientists from the User Facility network to share ideas, learn, ask questions and be appreciated for all their incredible work.

Laurent Chapon

Laurent Chapon to lead Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source

Laurent Chapon has been appointed director of the Advanced Photon Source (APS). Chapon will lead the Photon Sciences Directorate at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory through a massive upgrade of the user facility. He will begin his new role on January 10, 2022.

The Molecular Foundry

The Molecular Foundry User Meeting August 19-20, 2021

This annual conference focuses on frontier research topics of interest to that community of users, providing a forum to share results and exchange ideas, and bringing together leading researchers, junior scientists, postdocs, and students. In addition to on-site users and Molecular Foundry scientists, meeting participants include researchers from universities, national labs,


ORCID Overview Webinar

June 1, 2021: The Society for Science at User Research Facilities (SSURF) hosted a webinar to learn the latest on the ORCID program. Agenda included an overview of ORCID, details about the U.S. Government ORCID Consortium, and examples on how the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory has integrated ORCID into its workflows, policies, and reporting.

Cyber-Espionage & Intellectual Property Theft Webinar

May 26, 2021: The Society for Science at User Research Facilities hosted a webinar to learn the latest on Espionage, Intellectual Property Theft, and Technology Transfer issues from Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent Scott McGaunn.

Advanced Light Source Upgrade Project Achieves Major Milestone

The Advanced Light Source (ALS), a scientific user facility at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), has received federal approval for the budget, schedule, and technical scope for a major upgrade project that will boost the brightness of its X-ray beams at least a hundredfold.

ESnet and NERSC Take Scientific Data Collaboration to the Next Level

April 12, 2021 By Elizabeth Ball Contact: When the Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC), one of the projects associated with the upcoming Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST), needed a fast, secure, and convenient way to share large data sets with scientists around the world, they turned to

EMSL Integration 2021

Location:virtual Date:October 4, 2021 12:00 AM – October 7, 2021 6:00 PM Join us for the 2021 EMSL Integration Meeting October 4–7. This years’ meeting focuses on environmental sensors. Scientists are known to love worldwide from academia, industry, and government research laboratories are welcome to attend free of charge. During

Kim Budil

Dr. Kim Budil Named Director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Livermore, Calif., Jan. 28, 2021 – Kim Budil has been named director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Budil is the 13th director of the Laboratory since it was established in 1952 and its first woman director. She also will serve as president of Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS),

Spallation Neutron Source

The positions of hydrogen atoms have been located enabling a full determination of the hydrogen bonding and protonation states of the main protease (3CL Mpro) of SARS-CoV-2.

DOE Awards LaserNetUS $18M

In 2018, the U.S. Department of Energy established a network of facilities operating ultra-powerful lasers, called LaserNetUS. Organized and funded through the Department’s Office of Fusion Energy Sciences (FES), the new network was created to provide vastly improved access to unique lasers for researchers, and to help restore the U.S.’s

The Molecular Foundry

The Foundry is a Falling Walls Winner!

The Falling Walls Conference, part of Berlin Science Week, is a World Science Summit – with one question at its core: Which are the next walls to fall in science and society? Over the past several months, over 900 nominees from 111 countries were nominated to become the Science Breakthrough

Two NIF Scientists Awarded Early and Mid-Career Recognition

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s sixth annual Early and Mid-Career Recognition (EMCR) Program included two scientists who have made a significant impact on National Ignition Facility research. Jon Belof and Alastair Moore were among the 12 scientists and engineers named in September to the EMCR Program, which recognizes scientific and technical

Neutrons chart atomic map of COVID-19’s viral replication mechanism

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory used neutron scattering to identify key information to improve the effectiveness of drug inhibitors designed to block the virus’s replication mechanism. The research is published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Jennifer Doudna Wins 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier for the development of a world-changing gene-editing technology. At the ALS, Doudna’s work on CRISPR-Cas9 was enabled by many visionary people with innovative ideas, implemented in support of a world-class structural biology program. Read more from

Celebrating an MSU milestone in nuclear science

Michigan State University not only has the nation’s top nuclear physics program, it’s also home to one of the field’s most prolific authors, B. Alex Brown. The professor of physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, who also works at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, or NCSL, has published

US Dept. of Energy

Thursday, August 26, 2021: Watch our webinar with Dr. William Kilgore, Program Manager for Theoretical High Energy Physics at the US Department of Energy’s Office of Science. 

The U.S. Dept. of Energy has a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA) describing plans to invest $100 million over the next four years on university-based research on a range of high energy physics topics. Dr. Kilgore described the objectives of the funding, the scope of eligible applicants, relevant and expected participating facilities, deadlines and other details regarding this opportunity.

June 1, 2021: Watch our webinar to learn the latest on the ORCID program. The agenda included an overview of ORCID, details about the U.S. Government ORCID Consortium, and examples on how the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory has integrated ORCID into its workflows, policies, and reporting.

We also provided background about the digital persistent identifier language in the January 2021 Presidential Memorandum on United States Government-Supported Research and Development National Security Policy – NSPM-33 and provided an update on new ORCID initiatives of interest to the user facility community.

Jacki Flood, Lead, MUA Administrator, Advanced Photon Source Users Office, Argonne National Laboratory
Carly Robinson, Assistant Director for Information Products and Services, DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)
Shawna Sadler, Engagement Manager, Outreach & Partnerships, ORCID

May 26, 2021: Watch our webinar to learn the latest on Espionage, Intellectual Property Theft, and Technology Transfer issues from Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent Scott McGaunn.

Scott discussed the FBI’s counterintelligence efforts against America’s adversaries, the nature of espionage as it relates to the theft of intellectual property at research institutes, and the challenges of illegitimate transfer of technologies to antagonistic nations.