Steering Committee Meeting at HZB

The FoE Steering Committee visiting BESSY-II

The Steering Committee (SC) of FELs of Europe (FoE) met in Berlin at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH (HZB) premises on 25 and 26 March 2019. Representatives of 10 FoE partners attended the SC meeting. Jan Lüning welcomed everyone to HZB, introduced HZB and Adlershof, the slicing facility on BESSY-II and the plans for BESSY-III. Andreas Jankowiak introduced the BESSY-VSR project and coordinated, together with Karsten Holldack and Jens Knobloch a very interesting visit of the femtoslicing facility at BESSY-II, of SupraLab@HZB and of bERLinPro.
The first topic on the FoE SC agenda was LEAPS, which activities were presented, in particular the pilot projects elaborated by the working groups and how they will merge into a LEAPS proposal to be submitted to the HORIZON2020 INFRAINNOV-04-2020 call beginning of 2020. The role of Strategy Group 2, tightly linked to FoE, was then analysed and the task of developing the science case for the 2030 vision was described. Finally an update of the EU Projects with relationships to FoE and its partners, namely ExPaNDs, CALIPSOPlus, CompactLight and EuPRAXIA, was given.
The FoE organisation structure for the timeframe 2020-2022 was approved by the SC, along with the FoE budget, that allowed FoE to realise a number of important achievements during 2018; the attached document presents a summary of them. It was decided that FoE will be present at the FEL Conference 2019, end of August in Hamburg, with an own booth to promote its activities.
The guidelines for future organisers of FoE events were approved by the FoE SC. Organisation of the two events in 2020, the Science@FELs conference that will be held at DESY on 14 – 16 Sept 2020, hosted jointly by European XFEL and DESY, and the PhotonDiag workshop, that will likely take place in November 2020 at PSI, will start in the near future.
It has been proposed to organise the next ftf meeting of the FoE SC as a satellite event to the LEAPS GA presently scheduled at PSI from 18 to 20 November 2019, thus likely on 20-21 November.