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World X-ray Science Facilities are Contributing to Overcoming COVID-19

05-08-2020

The X-ray Science Facilities, with the intent to further coordinate and strengthen their support of scientific research and solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic, assembled for a remote access video SR20 Summit on 23-24 April 2020 and adopted the following Action Plan.

The COVID-19 pandemic is, more than ever, uniting scientists and the X-ray Science Facilities worldwide, in their sorrow for the loss of life and the suffering the virus has caused for the people around the world. They also express heartfelt admiration and lasting gratitude to all frontline health workers for their tireless dedication to treating the people impacted by the pandemic.

The international network of X-ray Science Facilities, composed of the X-ray Synchrotron Radiation and X-ray Free Electron Laser Facilities, is deeply engaged with overcoming the pandemic. The X- ray Science Facilities role is to create and implement scientific and technological research activities to effectively study, understand and contribute solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic, including new drugs, therapeutic strategies and medical equipment developments.

This engagement has already started worldwide, and many X-ray Science Facilities are carrying out research focused on the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and making available their instruments with rapid access and remote channels to scientists desiring to address specific COVID-19 research topics.

The X-ray Science Facilities gathered to align intents and strategies on “development of alliances between universities, industry and facilities” at their first SR9 Summit, which was held in Sendai, Japan in April 2019.

The X-ray Science Facilities, with the intent to further coordinate and strengthen their support of scientific research and solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic, assembled for a remote access video SR20 Summit on 23-24 April 2020. They shared their experience on facility activities in the recent weeks, and decided to develop a cooperative strategy across all facilities worldwide to work jointly to overcome the pandemic.

The X-ray Science Facilities adopted the following Action Plan:

  • 1)  Share information and contribute to the coordination of efforts across all X-ray Science Facilities on scientific research addressing the COVID-19 pandemic 

  • 2)  Explore the establishment of a worldwide X-ray Science Facilities network including university and industrial users for a comprehensive mobilization of facilities 

  • 3)  Study the development of a shared IT system to accelerate the process of information distribution, favor global cooperation among facilities, and enable the most rapid and effective access for scientific projects across facilities 

  • 4)  Exchange experience on remote access and sample mail-in procedures by the user community to maintain and strengthen experimental activities without user travel. 

  • 5)  Coordinate efforts of the X-ray Science Facilities with those of other analytical facilities as, for example, those using neutrons, cryo-electron-microscopy, lasers and nuclear magnetic resonance 

Delegates:

Prof. Dr. Hideo Ohno, President, TOHOKU University

Dr. Chi-Chang Kao, Director, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Prof. Paul McIntyre, Director, SSRL

Prof. Michael Dunne, Director, LCLS

Dr. Stephen Streiffer, Director, Advanced Photon Source

Dr. Stephen Kevan, Director, Advanced Light Source

Dr. John Hill, Director, NSLS-Il

Prof Joel Brock, Director, CHESS

Prof. Andrew Peele, Director, ANSTO Australian Synchrotron

Dr. Gwo-Hui Luo, Director, NSRRC

Dr. Tetsuya Tshikawa, Director, RIKEN SPring-8 Center

Dr. Tn Soo Ko, Director, Pohang Accelerator Laboratory

Dr. Francesco Sette, Director General, ESRF

Prof. Edgar Weckert, Reseach Director, DESY

Prof. Robert Feidenhans’l, Managing Director, European XFEL

Dr. Jean Daillant, Director, Soleil Laboratory

Dr. Andrew Harrison, CEO, Diamond Light Source Limited

Dr. Caterina Biscari, Director, ALBA

Prof. Gabriel Aeppli, Head Photon Science Division, Paul Scherrer Institut, ETH and EPFL

Dr. Ian McNulty, Director, Max IV

Prof. Jan Lüning, Scientific Director, BESSY II, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin

Dr. Claudio Masciovecchio, Director FERMI Free Electron Laser

Published Date
05.08.2020