Science@FELs Conference in Stockholm

For the fourth time the Science@FELs conference was organized, this time in Stockholm in the AlbaNova University Center at Stockholm University between 24 and 27 of June. The preceding events took place in Hamburg, at PSI and in Trieste.
Science@FELs 2018 is a conference by FELs of Europe and focuses on the scientific highlights achieved during the last years at FELs and laser facilities world-wide. The conference in 2018 was co-organized by the Stockholm-Uppsala FEL center, the MAX IV Laboratory, the Lund Laser Centre, Stockholm University and Lund University.
Despite the long light Nordic nights of Stockholm combined with south European temperatures and a distracting football championship, around 160 participants joined the conference. They came to listen to talks on New developments, Imaging, Scattering, Condensed Matter Physics, Chemistry, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Bioscience and Matter under extreme conditions. In addition there were over 70 posters and a “Hot-topic session” with oral presentations on highlights from the posters. The speakers spanned the world from Stockholm, via Århus, Kiel and XFEL, FERMI, SOLEIL to LCLS and Spring-8. With Laserlab Europe being a co-organizer, one talk per session was chosen from a laser perspective, highlighting the integration in science between FEL and laser sources.
The conference started with four tutorials catching the spirit of lasers, X-ray FELs and light. Michele Svandrlik, head of FELs of Europe, and Claes-Göran Wahlström, head of Laserlab Europe, welcomed the audience and stressed the fruitful collaboration between lasers and FEL.
The FELs of Europe prize in recognition of recent work for scientific excellence in the area of FEL science and applications was, as reported separately, awarded to Dr. Jonas Sellberg from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm for “his innovative contributions by means of free electron lasers to the understanding of supercooled water”.
Ten students were supported to travel to the event in Stockholm by EUCall.
Taking advantage of the Swedish summer a Barbecue evening with Boule games, food and drinks emphasized the informal character and joyful approach to science, research and networking.
Michele Svandrlik and Wilfred Würth welcomed everybody to Science@FELs 2020 at DESY in Hamburg in September 2020, this time with a new XFEL in operation!
The event was supported by The Swedish Research Council, Structural Dynamics AIP and the Swedish Research Council.


Per Johnsson, Mats Larsson, Anders Nilsson and Sverker Werin