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

December 22, 2021: Watch Our Webinar. Technology Transfer efforts at the the DoE: This presentation features insight from Dr. Vanessa Chan, Chief Commercialization Officer for the Department of Energy and Director of the Office of Technology Transitions. Dr. Chan will share her thoughts on the RDD&D Continuum (yes there are three “Ds” to consider) and the challenges of bringing ideas from the lab bench all the way to the marketplace.

December 16, 2021: Watch Our Webinar. The U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) serves as the central hub for the technology transfer activities across the Department of Energy’s extensive R&D enterprise. From artificial intelligence and cybersecurity research to advanced manufacturing and quantum computing to medical diagnostics and climate change research, the OTT works to ensure groundbreaking scientific discoveries achieve their maximum public return and impact.

On-Site COVID Protocols Roundtable

September 9, 2021

The Society for Science at User Research Facilities is hosting a virtual roundtable with several member facility staff to provide insight on each participant’s back-to-work and on-site protocols at their facilities in the context of the evolving COVID pandemic. Each facility representative will be given five minutes to describe their protocols as they choose, and then there will be more conversation between participants.  Details provided to participating facility staff. 

U.S. 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

Cyber-Espionage & Intellectual Property Theft

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.