50 years of Synchrotron Radiation
in the UK and its global impact

26-29 June 2018, University of Liverpool, UK


Poster abstracts can still be submitted until 18 June but may not be included in the Abstract Booklet

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Location of venue and Gala dinners

On behalf of the Organising Committee, it is with great pleasure that we extend an invitation for you to attend the UKSR50 to be held in Liverpool during 26-29 June 2018.

The UK Synchrotron Radiation effort started in the 1960’s and led to the establishment of the national Synchrotron Radiation Facility (SRF) at the NINA 5GeV electron synchrotron at Daresbury Laboratory via a five-year research grant of six million pounds (in today’s value) in 1970. The use of SRF over 5 years persuaded the UK’s Science Research Council to design and build the world’s first dedicated multi-GeV storage ring that came in operation in 1980.

In 1997 the Synchrotron world received its ultimate recognition in the form of the first Nobel prize for work facilitated by synchrotron radiation (John Walker 1997). An all insertion device third generation source was recommended by the Woolfson review giving birth to a new source that was named DIAMOND in 1995, funded in 2001 and began its operation in 2007 at the Harwell campus in Oxfordshire.

During the past fifty years Synchrotron Radiation, has become an integral part of the UK’s academic and industrial science base; and there are now over 70 synchrotron sources and FELs worldwide which facilitate an expanding range of pure and applied science.

We invite you to a conference to celebrate the achievements and explore the future of the light sources (Synchrotrons and FELs) and their applications in the coming decades. It coincides with 70th anniversary of the first publication of the International Union of Crystallography which decided to establish the dedicated Journal of Synchrotron Radiation at its Congress and General Assembly in 1993.

Nearly fifty percent of the invited talks will be selected from the submitted abstracts.

                                                                                          Samar Hasnain and Richard Catlow(Joint Chairs)




Please register for the event here 

Fees & Early Bird Registration: 

The following fees will apply:

Standard academic/professionals (1/4/18-15/6/18) £500 (Student/Retiree £200) Accompanying partners £150 (includes 3 dinners).

The fee is inclusive of lunches, refreshments and two evening dinners.

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Organising Committee.

Samar Hasnain, Richard Catlow, Svetlana Antonyuk, Jim Clarke, Andrew Dent, Andrew Harrison and Susan Smith.

Programme Advisory Committee

Biology Chemistry/Materials Machine Physics
Yvonne Jones Andy Fitch Caterina Biscari Malcolm Cooper
Sean McSweeney Paul Raithby Mikael Eriksson Peter Hatton
James Naismith Rasmita Ravel Richard Walker Ingolf Lindau
Andrew Thompson Friso van der Veen


The Conference will have 14 plenary talks and 51 invited presentations.

Plenary speakers include:

Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, MRC LMB and the President of the Royal Society
Prof Ian Munro, Emeritus Scientist and former Director of Synchrotron Radiation, STFC Daresbury Laboratory
Sir Tom Blundell (Cambridge)
Simon Billinge (Columbia & NSLS)
Mikael Eriksson (Lund, Sweden)
Tetsuya Ishikawa (Harima, Japan)
Liu Lin (LNLS, Campinas, Brazil)
John Spence (Arizona)
Dave Stuart (Oxford/DIAMOND)
Moniek Tromp (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Bert Weckhuysen (Utrecht, Netherlands)
Phil Withers (Manchester)

Confirmed Invited Speakers include:

Caterina Biscari, Mikael Eriksson, Susan Smith and Richard Walker (Chairs)

Toru Hara (SPring-8, Japan)
Recent Progress and Future plans of SACLA: Multi-beamline XFEL light source

Andreas Streun (PSI, Switzerland)    
Pushing the Limits of Storage Ring Light Sources

Winfried Decking (DESY, Germany) 
Recent developments in hard X-ray FELs

cryoEM: Helen Saibil and Werner Kuehlbrandt (Chairs)

Gabriel Lander (Scripps, USA)                       
Structural studies of mitochondrial AAA+ proteases using cryo-EM

Vicky Gold (Exeter, UK)                     
Twitch or swim: understanding prokaryotic filament- driven motility

Advanced methods in structural Biology: Andrew Thompson (Chair)

Arwen Pearson (CFEL, Germany)      
Developing new tools to enable time-resolved structural biology

Masaki Yamamoto (RIKEN, Japan)   
Development of beamlines for protein microcrystallography at SPring-8

Javier Perez (SOLEIL, France)            
SAXS analysis of membrane proteins in detergent solutions

Drug Discovery and Chemical Biology: James Naismith (Chair)

Harren Jhoti (Astex, UK)                    
From X-rays to bringing drugs on the market

Glaucius Oliva (USP, Brazil)              
Structural biology and drug discovery against Zika virus and other arboviroses

Serial Crystallography: Sean McSweeney and Samar Hasnain (Chairs)

Petra Fromme (Arizona, USA)         
“Serial Crystallography: success and challenges”

Multi-protein complexes: Professor E. Yvonne Jones and Prof Richard Garratt (Chair)

Natalie Strynadka (UBC, Canada)     
"Structure-based analysis of the T3SS injectisome of pathogenic bacteria"

Kiyoshi Nagai (MRC, Cambridge)      
CryoEM snapshot of the spliceosome provide catalytic mechanism of pre-mRNA splicing

Paul Raithby and Andy Fitch (Chairs)
Chemistry (1) In Situ methods: Andy Fitch (Chair)
Emma Gibson (Glasgow, UK)           
Developments in in situ and operando spectroscopy for catalysis
Andrew Beale (UCL, UK)                   
Chemical imaging of catalytic systems under operational conditions

Chemistry (2) Structural science: Paul Raithby (Chair)
Philip Lightfoot (St Andrews, UK)     
Resolution – the key to resolving complex problems in power diffraction
John Evans (Southampton)                
Towards tracking the primary steps in catalytic reactions

Richard Catlow and Rasmita Ravel (Chairs)

Materials (1) Functional Materials: Rasmita Ravel (Chair)
Simon Parsons (Edinburgh, UK)        
High Pressure and Structure-Property Relationships in Molecular Functional Materials.
Materials (2) Energy:  Richard Catlow (Chair)
Chirs Hardacre (Manchester)            
Understanding the structure of heterogeneous catalysts under thermal and non-thermal plasma activation
Paul McMillan (UCL, UK)                   
New nitrides and energy application

Malcolm Cooper, Peter Hatton, Ingolf Lindau and Friso van der Veen (Chairs)

Tom Hase (Warwick)                         
XMaS: the UK CRG's contribution to materials research over 20 years.

Steve Collins (DIAMOND, UK)           
X-ray Physics: From new phenomena to new techniques.

Piero Pianetta (Stanford, USA)         
The genesis and evolution of synchrotron radiation research at Stanford

Z.-X. Shen (Stanford, USA)                
Coupled Interactions as a Pathway for High Temperature Superconductivity

Laura Heyderman (ETH Zurich)         
Driving Discovery in Mesoscopic Magnetism with Synchrotron X-rays


Commercial Sponsorships

Commercial Sponsorship and Exhibition Space Packages UKSR50
The packages available to sponsors are summarised in the table below.

If you would like to discuss taking up one of these packages, please contact Sue Waller at, Svetlana Antonyuk at or Samar Hasnain at

Sponsorship level Bronze Silver Gold Platinum
Cost (excl. VAT) £2500 £4000 £6000 £10000
Exhibition Space (m2) 7.5 (3 x 2.5) 9 (3 x 3) 15 (3 x3 + 3 x 2) 18 (6 x 3)
Free Participants (not inc. accommodation) - up to… 1 1 2 3
Plenary Lecture sponsorship - 1 1 2
Invited Lecture sponsorship 1 1 2 3
Presentation running during conference - - YES YES
Delegate Badge Logos - - YES YES
Logo on conference programme YES YES YES YES
Acknowledgment and logo on conference website YES YES YES YES
Link on conference website - YES YES YES
Free conference dinner 1 2 2 3
Cost for additional participants (not inc. accommodation) (£) 350 350 350 350

Our Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors


Bronze Sponsors

Faraday Motion ControlsRigaku Oxford DiffractionAstex PharmaceuticalsOxford CryosystemsThermo Fisher

Entry Sponsors



Liverpool Docks

Book your hotel room for the UK SR50, available here on an exclusive basis.


Liverpool Lime Street will undergo its biggest upgrade since the 19th century. In order to complete the second phase of work, there will be changes to journeys through the station affecting travel in June and July.

Travel information, including connecting train services, is provided below. This includes advice on the simplest way to complete your journey during Lime Street’s major upgrade.

Journeys between Liverpool Lime Street and Birmingham, London, Crewe, Runcorn, Manchester Oxford Road/Airport/Piccadilly, Sheffield, Nottingham and Norwich Services will start/terminate at Liverpool South Parkway. Regular connecting train services will operate between Liverpool South Parkway and Moorfields station in Liverpool City Centre.*

* When purchasing tickets please select ‘Liverpool all stations’.

Contact Us

For further information please email:

University of Liverpool, 
Foundation Building, 
Brownlow Hill, 
L69 7ZX


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