Satellite Meetings

Progress in instrumentation for X-ray diffraction and CryoEM

Awareness of the challenging new experimental techniques today is crucial for scientific successes tomorrow providing a solid basis for new breakthroughs. Major crystallographic and other topical conferences are usually focused on new ideas, new results and new theoretical advances for data interpretation, while less attention is paid to the latest advances in experimental hardware developments such as, for example, photon sources, the “pencil” of the most of crystallographically motivated experiments. Although many countries in the EU made or making investments in large-scale research infrastructures, most of the users are less informed about these new developments and the respective new challenges. This is particularly the case considering 4th generation synchrotron sources, FELs and even advanced laboratory sources and CryoEM.

This satellite meeting will present an overview of a wide range of new laboratory instrumentation available from different companies, as well as new developments at several large scale facilities. The meeting will cover information on the newest laboratory instruments from Bruker and Rigaku as well as on new instrumental solutions such as the Lyncean Compact Light Source (CLS) and Sigrey’s newest X-ray sources and optics, and focus on bringing world-class structural and analytical synchrotron type capabilities back to our labs. We will organise sessions focused on new photon sources to be installed at major European synchrotrons as well as X-ray Free Electron Laser facilities including ESRF, DESY, MAXIV, and the Swiss and European X-FELs. The organisers are also particularly proud to advertise some of the first experimental results taken at European X-FEL. The program of this satellite will also be complemented by news from the neutron ISIS facility and from the cryo-EM equipment producers to provide a forum to discuss the future of instrumentation for X-ray, neutron diffraction and CryoEM.

On behalf of the Organising Committee, it is our great pleasure to invite you to participate in our satellite meeting entitled “Progress in Instrumentation for X-ray Diffraction and CryoEM” which will take place on the opening day of ECM31 (i.e. on 22Aug 2018) before the ECM opening session. The sessions will consist of 30 min. long presentations (ca. 25 minutes for lecture and 5 minutes for questions). The lectures will be focused on new instrumental solutions and complemented by some spectacular examples of applications. We hope that this broad overview of new instrumental capabilities will help participants to design their own research in the incoming years.


Prof. Dr hab. Krzysztof Woźniak (University of Warsaw, Poland), Chair.

Prof. Dr. Ullrich Pietsch, (Universität Siegen, Germany), Co-chair.

Dr Michele Cianci (Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy), Co-chair.

Where: ECM31 venue.
When: 22 August, 2018, from 9:00 to 17:30.
Registration: Please login the user area using your ECM31 account to register for this satellite. The registration fee is 50 € (including tea/coffee and lunch).


Prof. dr hab. Krzysztof Woźniak, Chemistry Department, University of Warsaw, Pasteura 1, 02093 Warszawa, Poland, e-mail:, tel: +48 504076064


Prof. Dr. Ullrich Pietsch, Festkörperphysik, Department Physik, Naturwissenschaftlich-Technische Fakultät, Universität Siegen, Emmy-Noether-Campus, Walter-Flex-Str. 3, 57072 Siegen Germany, e-mail:, tel : +49 271 740 3755;

Dr Michele Cianci, Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Via Brecce Bianche, 60131 Ancona, Italy, e-mail:, tel: +39 071 2204686;

Satellite Programme, 22nd Aug. 2018 at the ECM31 venue

Time Speaker Company Title
08:55 - 09:00 Opening
09:00 - 09:30 Holger Ott Bruker AXS GmbH Recent Advances in In-House Source and Detector Technology
09:30 - 10:00 Matthias Mayer Rigaku Oxford Diffraction Progress in single crystal area diffractometers - the Rigaku perspective
10:00 - 10:30 Wenbing Yun Sigrey, Inc. Innovations in Laboratory X-ray Technology Brings Synchrotron Capabilities to Your Lab.
10:30 - 11:00 Klaus Achterhold Tech. Univ. of Munich- (Lyncean Tech., Inc.) The Munich Compact Light Source - Brilliant, monochromatic, tunable X-rays for the laboratory
11:00 - 11:30 COFFEE BREAK
11:30 - 12:00 Oliver Seeck DESY PETRA IV: The ultimate high energy X-ray microscope
12:00 - 12:30 Thomas Ursby MAX IV Serial Crystallography at a 4th Generation Synchrotron Radiation Source: MicroMAX at the MAX IV Laboratory
12:30 - 13:00 Riccardo Signorato CINEL To beam or not to beam? Where do we stand at taming X-rays for Protein
13:00 - 14:00 LUNCH
14:00 - 14:30 Thomas Tschentscher Eur. XFEL First experiment results from European XFEL
14:30 - 15:00 Luc Patthey Swiss FEL X-ray diffraction and ultra-fast science by SwissFEL: recent achievements and future plans
15:00 - 15:30 Robert McGreevy ISIS ISIS instrumentation: three decades of continuous improvement.
15:30 - 16:00 COFFEE BREAK
16:00 - 16:30 Gordon Leonard ESRF Facilities for MX, BioSAXS and Cryo-EM at the ESRF.
16:30 - 17:00 Alevtyna Yakushevska, Max Maletta and Marc Storms Thermo Fisher Scientific The role of Cryo-electron microscopy in structural biology after the “resolution revolution”