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Previous HZB Foresight Workshops

In the framework of the HZB Foresight Workshops, HZB wishes to foster and extend a discussion platform for future projects and research activities. Together with our current and future users from universities, research institutes and industry, HZB aims to identify prospective scientific fields and - very importantly - the expectations, needs and requirements from the user communities for cutting edge science with synchrotron radiation.

Eight workshops with very positive participation have been conducted so far and we will follow this successful path.

2019 - Materials Metrology

This Lunch-to-Lunch Satellite Workshop (December 3 to 4, 2019) attached to the HZB User Meeting (December 4 to 6, 2019) was organized in cooperation with the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Germany’s National Metrology Institute, and was a part of Foresight Workshop Series dedicated to the BESSY III project.

BESSY III is expected to be a globally competitive synchrotron radiation source in the field of XUV, soft and tender X-rays for research and industry and will be optimally tailored to the needs of HZB and strategic partners like PTB, MPG, BAM, Berlin Universities, guest researchers and external Users.

The main goal of this first workshop in this series was to underline the significance of Materials Metrology nowadays, to point attention to a special importance of standardized, validated, and authenticated measurements, to show the necessity of quality management and developing standardized procedures of SI-units traceable measurements, data acquisition, storage and archiving, including their effective implementation in research of new functional materials. Further aspects were related to Fair Data and Open Science that will become relevant or even mandatory in the near and long-term future as well as to the question of Metadata, widely discussed in scientific community and politics.

For more detailed information on the previous workshop on 'Materials Metrology' please download the Booklet. The answers on questions collected within on-line questionnaire could be found here

2016 - Energy Materials Research

The BESSY II Foresight Workshop on 'Energy Materials Research' was held from October 10 to 11, 2016 in Berlin-Adlershof.

The „Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie“ focuses on developing advanced materials for solar energy conversion and storage. With our research we aim to contribute to a sustainable, economic and secure energy supply comprising the full value chain from dedicated infrastructures that allow guided design, synthesis and analysis, research of basic principles, to the transfer to applications for the society.

One of the infrastructures at BESSY II is EMIL, the Energy Materials In-situ Laboratory. In a concerted effort together with the Max Planck Society, EMIL offers a pivotal, unique infrastructure for Energy Materials Research at our synchrotron light source. In addition to EMIL a variety of experimental set-ups facilitate experiments on photovoltaics, energy conversion, energy storage and energy saving.

Scope of the workshop

After introductory overview talks on the main topics of Energy Materials Research, topical sessions allowed an intense exchange of ideas and were completed by a common discussion on needs and expectations concerning beam properties, instrumentation, and sample environment. A poster session and a facility visit were also also part of the programme.

As a parallel workshop a HERCULES Workshop was held. The HERCULES Workshop pointed out the main results and highlights of the work carried out in the HERCULES project. Furthermore, it aimed at providing a platform for discussion of these results in the broader context of photovoltaics research, development and industrialization in Europe.

Scientific Committee
Marcus Bär
Klaus Lips
Simone Raoux
Bernd Rech
Roel van de Krol
Antje Vollmer

For more detailed information on the previous HZB Foresight Workshop on 'Energy Materials Research' please download the Booklet.

2015 - Tender X-rays in MX

The HZB Foresight Workshop 'Tender X-rays in MX' was held on December 11, 2015 in Berlin-Adlershof and was attached to the HZB User Meeting (December 9 to 10, 2015).

Scientific organizer: Dr. Manfred Weiss

The central theme of the workshop was the use of tender X-rays in the field of macromolecular crystallography (MX). While typical MX experiments are conducted at wavelengths of around 1.0 Å (energy 12.4 keV), there is an ever growing tendency to also consider wavelengths in the tender X-ray region (1.5-3.0 A and beyond) for MX applications. Examples are the possibility to determine the structures of native proteins by sulphur anomalous scattering (native SAD), the unambiguous discrimination from protein-bound solvent ions from water molecules, the determination of oxidation states of relevant metal ions in protein structures, the investigation of solvent and substrate channels using Xenon mapping, etc. In the workshop, some of these modern developments were highlighted and a case was made for the increased use of tender X-rays for MX applications.


Manfred Weiss
On the Use of Tender X-rays in Macromolecular Crystallography
Wayne Hendrickson
Columbia University
Optimization of Anomalous Diffraction Analyses for
Native Biomolecules
Oliver Einsle
Universität Freiburg
Analysis of Bioinorganic Metal Sites by Spatially Refined
Anomalous Dispersion
Andreas Förster
Pushing the limits of experimental phasing with new HPC detectors
James Holton
SHSSS! The dominant source of error anomalous
difference measurements
Michele Cianci
EMBL Hamburg
Data collection with a tailored X-ray beam size at 2.69 Å
wavelength (4.6 keV): Sulfur SAD phasing of Cdc23Nterm
Meitian Wang
Native-SAD Phasing in de novo Macromolecular Structure
Leo Chavas
Structure Determination of Naturally Occurring Crystals
via Soft X-rays
Armin Wagner
The long-wavelength MX beamline at Diamond Light Source
Markus Wahl
Structure validation and phasing using tender X-rays
Oliver Daumke
Structural studies of dynamin superfamily GTPases
Manuela Gorgel
LMU Munich
Against the Odds? De-novo Structure Determination of
a Single Cysteine Bridge Protein
Karol Nass
MPI for Medical Research
Towards protein crystal structure determination using
sulfur phasing at X-ray free electron lasers


2015 - THz to Soft X-ray

The HZB Foresight Workshop on 'THz to Soft X-ray' was held from December 7 to 8, 2015.

Covering resonance energies of oxygen, nitrogen, carbon, and 3d transition metals, soft X-ray photons provide element specificity and unravel the local electronic structure of materials in energy research, magnetism, spintronics, electron correlations, (surface) chemistry and catalysis. VUV photoelectron spectroscopy is at the heart of connecting electronic band structure with macroscopic properties. Infrared light is especially helpful to investigate biological systems as well as vibrational, structural and electronic properties of liquids, solids, surfaces and thin layers while coherent THz radiation is unique for magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

BESSY II offers a suite of photon energies to study materials with future impact in challenging fields such as efficient energy conversion, information technology, as well as catalysis and life sciences.

The scope of the workshop was to present achievements and perspectives of the various fields, and to foster discussion about future requirements for source and instrumentation to exploit synchrotron radiation from THz to soft X-rays.

Scientific Committee
Norbert Koch
Oliver Rader
Alexander Schnegg
Christian Schüßler-Langeheine
David Starr
Antje Vollmer
Philippe Wernet
Eugen Weschke

For more detailed information on the previous HZB Foresight Workshop 'THz to Soft X-ray' please download the Flyer and the Booklet.

2015 - Imaging

The HZB Foresight Workshop on 'Imaging' was held from October 5 to 6, 2015 in Berlin-Adlershof.

Synchrotrons have opened multiple opportunities for exploring the structure and properties of matter. With nanoscale resolution, modern spectromicroscopies based on photon-in/photon-out and photon-in/electron-out techniques deliver unique elemental, chemical, structural, magnetic, and electronic information.

The workshop focused on recent advances and future prospects in synchrotron imaging technologies and their applications. World leading experts illustrated current achievements and future developments in PEEM (photoemission electron microscopy), X-ray microscopy, coherent X-ray imaging methods (ptychography, holography) and synchrotron X-ray tomography.

This workshop provided the opportunity to present and exchange ideas for imaging at current and future synchrotron light sources. An important focus was the development of a roadmap to couple instrumentation with scientific applications to open up new areas to imaging at future coherent light sources.

Scientific Committee
Stefan Eisebitt
Florian Kronast
Bernd R. Müller
Simone Raoux
Gerd Schneider
Antje Vollmer

For more detailed information on the previous HZB Foresight Workshop on 'Imaging' please download the Flyer and the Booklet.

2015 - From PICO to FEMTO

This HZB Foresight Workshop on time-resolved studies at BESSY II 'From PICO to FEMTO' was held from January 26 to 27, 2015 in Berlin-Adlershof.

Synchrotron-based, time-resolved techniques provide unprecedented insights into various areas of applied and fundamental science, this being largely due to their unique capabilities of allowing for a direct view onto the constituent building blocks of matter (electrons, spins, atoms, and molecules) on their characteristic length- and time-scales.

Prominent examples are the detection of non-equilibrium phases of matter, the characterization of transient and metastable magnetic and chemical states and the real-time observation of light-harvesting materials and biological systems, just to name a few.

As such, there is an increased demand ofthe user community for high brilliance X-ray light sources with flexible time structures that could accommodate such time-resolved techniques covering the full spectral range from far-IR to hard X-rays.

Scientific Committee
Marcus Bär
Iver Lauermann
Tobias Lau
Nico Pontius
Ilie Radu
Christian Schüßler-Langeheine
Philippe Wernet
Antje Vollmer

For more detailed information on the previous HZB Foresight Workshop 'From PICO to FEMTO' please download the Flyer and the Booklet.

2015 - Industrial Research

The workshop on "Industrial Research Using Synchrotron and Neutron Methods" took place on February 19, 2015 at the HZB campus in Berlin-Adlershof.

Innovation requires best analytical methods to study structure and function of novel materials. Synchrotron radiation and neutron scattering a complementary analytical methods to investigate any kind of matter to probe structure, composition and interaction in order to improve and understand materials. Application of synchrotron and neutron methods for industrial research include the analysis of chemical compositions by diffraction and spectroscopy, non-invasive measurement of stress and strain in mechanical components, high resolution imaging of working systems and many other topics.

To present and discuss current state of the art usage of synchrotron and neutron methods in industrial research an international workshop was organized by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie operating and offering access to the synchrotron source BESSY II and the neutron source BER II. Presentations were given by industrial users and researchers. In addition a tour into the experimental hall of the synchrotron was offered.

This one day workshop was free of charge and kindly supported by the FP7 EU Access Program Calipso.

Scientific Committee
Thomas Gutberlet
Frank Scholze
Ingo Manke
Manuela Klaus
Manfred Weiss
Britta Höpfner

For more detailed information on the workshop "Industrial Research Using Synchrotron and Neutron Methods" please download the booklet.

2014 - Tender X-ray

This HZB Foresight Workshop on 'Tender X-ray' was held from December 1 to 2, 2014 in Berlin-Adlershof.

Synchrotron Radiation from Terahertz to hard X-rays is a very powerful tool in various fields of modern science. However, many scientific questions addressing the grand challenges of today’s society indicate a growing demand in experimental infrastructure, particularly in the photon energy range between 1.5 keV and 8 keV – the Tender X-ray regime.

These excitation energies allow in-air or high-pressure experiments as well as depth-resolved analysis of (buried) interfaces in UHV.

Examples are spectroscopic investigations of modern catalytic and solar energy conversion materials, i.e., lighter transition metals for solar fuels production as well as in situ studies of electrochemical or biological processes. An increasing demand for Tender X-rays might also be expected from scientists in life science, renewable energies, and battery research.

Scientific Committee
Marcus Bär
Iver Lauermann
Tobias Lau
Nico Pontius
Ilie Radu
Christian Schüßler-Langeheine
Philippe Wernet

For more detailed information on the previous HZB Foresight Workshop 'Tender X-ray' please download the Flyer.