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Membership in SSURF is open to all organizations and individuals who share our mission to support user facilities.

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The Society for Science at User Research Facilities (SSURF) is a non-profit professional society working to promote and serve the interests of the user science community.  With a growing membership of U.S. user facilities, SSURF is pursuing new activities to support and promote user science. Members benefit from participation in SSURF’s congressional outreach activities, coordination between facilities and funding agencies on issues of common interest, and engagement with SSURF’s network of users and user facilities.

Our Activities

SSURF organizes and participates in a variety of activities that benefit our members including: 

  • Virtual thought leadership roundtables to spotlight protocols and best practices in user facilities. 
  • Issue-engagement coordination between facility management, sponsoring agencies, and researchers to address issues of shared concern and shape community policies and practices.  
  • Statements of Support to elected officials on matters of import to user facilities
  • SSURF Annual Meeting with thought leaders, trainings and crucial peer insights  
  • SSURF Newsletter highlighting member facilities’ special events and scientific discoveries

Benefits of Membership 

User facilities are invited to join SSURF as Facility Members to help promote user science. Benefits of membership include:

  • We organize legislative outreach and education events to support and emphasize user facility advocacy priorities.
  • Facilities may choose to contribute and participate with representation in SSURF issue engagement activities on Capitol Hill.
  • SSURF’s newsletter, social media and communications spotlight user meetings, events and announcements from member facilities.
  • We share news with our network on operations, scientific discoveries  and job listings on

Contact and More Information

Questions about SSURF and facility memberships should be directed to Dan Powers, Executive Director at or visit

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