X-ray science plays a key role in addressing major societal challenges such as health, earth and environment, energy, mobility, and information. Scientists and engineers make use of the bright and well-defined X-rays from synchrotron radiation sources and free-electron lasers to unravel the structure, dynamics, and function of complex matter to develop new materials and drugs. Based on a new disruptive technology, many synchrotron radiation sources worldwide currently undergo a transition to the next generation, providing ultra-bright, coherent beams and unprecedented opportunities in X-ray science.
In this very exciting and dynamic period, the 2021 Gordon Research Conference on X-Ray Science will highlight recent work and advances in accelerator-based X-ray sources to create X-ray beams with tailor-made properties, the development of X-ray imaging, characterization and analysis techniques, and applications of X-rays to frontier scientific challenges. It will also cover the possibilities of X-ray science to contribute to global societal challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic.
The conference, with its strong international and interdisciplinary character, provides a stimulating environment to present the latest research in poster format, engage in discussions in a friendly setting, and exchange ideas with leaders in the field. We especially encourage young scientists in the early stages of their careers to participate and profit from this unique forum for exchange with leading scientists in a relaxed atmosphere. Selected poster(s) will be given the opportunity for a short talk. In this conference, we will again offer a one-hour session entitled "Power Hour: Committed to inclusion and the professional development of women in science" to help address the challenges that women face in science and provides a forum for discussion and mentoring.
The 2021 GRC on X-Ray Science will be held in conjunction with the Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). The GRS (July 24-25, 2021), a two-day meeting preceding the GRC, is specifically designed for graduate students and early career researchers. The meeting offers a unique opportunity for young scientists to present their work to their peers. It is expected that GRS participants will remain to participate in the subsequent GRC.
The conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The conference chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. Please check back regularly for updates to this information.
- Tailormade X-Rays From Next-Generation Sources
- Microscopy and Imaging
- Ultrafast Phenomena
- Non-Linear X-Ray Optics
- X-Rays for Life Science and Pandemic Control
- In-Situ/Operando Observation of Processes in Nature and Technology
- Big Data From Next-Generation Sources
- Extreme Conditions and Quantum Materials
- Keynote Session: Next-Generation X-Ray Sources and Societal Challenges