‘Learning to run again’
– a webinar on the challenges for synchrotrons and FELs to restore effective operations during the COVID-19 pandemic
Research Infrastructures such as synchrotrons and Free Electron Lasers (FELs) play a crucial role in enabling some of the most significant fundamental scientific and societal challenges of our time to be tackled, and none more so challenging just now than mounting an effective and enduring response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While much human activity stopped as COVID-19 swept across the world, many facilities developed ways to continue to run to support critical research on the Coronavirus, and have provided critical new insights into the structure and function of the virus, and ways to inhibit infection pathways.
The operations of synchrotrons and FELs will have to adapt to the constraints of working in a post-COVID-19 world for some time to come. LEAPS organised a webinar on 15 June with approx 120 participants to explore some of the challenges of restoring the fullest possible level of operations for its tens of thousands of users in universities and industry. It focused on three areas: minimising risks to the safety of staff and users; development of a wider range of services for remote users; effective engagement with a user community that may be less free to travel for some considerable time to come. The summary of the webinar can be downloaded from the link below.
LEAPS meets Quantum Technology Conference 16–20 May 2022
In view of the evolution of the COVID-19 disease, we have decided to postpone the Conference “LEAPS meets Quantum Technology” to May 2022.
Among the reasons for this decision, let me mention reinforcing the prevention, taking into account the foreseen difficulties for travelling in the next future around Europe, and avoiding losing part of the fees.
I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, and I want, on behalf of LEAPS, warmly thank you for all the work you have dedicated up to now to the success of this first LEAPS conference. Most of this work will directly apply to the event on the new date.
And I want to thank also the speakers who have given their availability for participating in the program, which looks extremely interesting. We strongly hope they all will be available for the future rescheduled conference.
My best wishes
LEAPS Chair, LEAPS 2020 Conference Chair