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

Fiscal Year 2022 ARM Annual Report

2022 ARM Annual Report

The Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility’s latest annual report is now available online.

National Ignition Facility

SSURF Congratulations Statement on NIF Fusion Achievement

The Society for Science at User Research Facilities (SSURF) joins the global scientific community to celebrate the historic fusion ignition achievement at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) announced by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

Society for Science at User Research Facilities

SSURF Annual Meeting Dec. 7 – 9, 2022

Topics include highlights from the Office of Science, National Science Foundation, facility updates, user spotlights, legislative themes, DEI in user facilities and much more.

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.

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.