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2011 NSLS/CFN Joint Users' Meeting


The Joint National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) and Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) Users' Meeting provides a venue for scientists from diverse disciplines who use the NSLS and CFN facilities to share their work and discuss future directions for their research. New results and advances in experimental capabilities in synchrotron radiation and the nanoscale science research will be highlighted.

This year's theme is "Nanotechnology for Energy and Health” and will highlight the vital roles served by the Department of Energy’s Synchrotron User Facilities and Nanoscience Research Centers. Scientists that use both the NSLS and CFN are actively engaged in developing nanoscience, nanotechnology and nanoscale imaging for life science applications. The program includes invited talks, workshops, poster session, and exhibits showcasing new technology and instrumentation – all offering opportunities to learn about the latest developments in synchrotron and nanoscience experimentation that can impact your own research.  A special poster and information session on NSLS-II beamlines is also on the agenda.

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The plenary session on Tuesday, May 24th, will include scientific talks and updates from DOE’s, Basic Energy Sciences program manager(s); Sam Aronson, Brookhaven National Laboratory; Steve Dierker, Photon Sciences Directorate; and Emilio Mendez, Center for Functional Nanomaterials.

We are extremely pleased to announce that our Key Note Speaker will be Thomas A. Steitz, Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, and Professor of Chemistry at Yale University. Professor Steitz is one of three winners of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in describing the structure and function of the ribosome, the protein-making factory that is key to the function of all life.

Professor Steitz will also present as a BSA Distinguished Lecturer at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 23rd, in Berkner Hall.

Following Tuesday’s Plenary Session, the NSLS Users Executive Committee (UEC), in conjunction with the Photon Sciences Directorate, will host a Poster and Information Session of the future NSLS-II Beamlines.  Both the Plenary Session and the NSLS-II Beamlines Poster and Information Session are open to the public free of charge.

This year, our annual banquet will be held off-site at the Baiting Hollow Farm Winery in Baiting Hollow. Roundtrip transportation to the banquet venue will be provided.


  • General Registration Fee $220.00 - Students $110.00
    Registration Fee includes: Unlimited Workshops, Monday's Exhibitor Reception and Poster Session, and Tuesday's Main Meeting Luncheon
  • Additional Fees:
    Reception Only Tickets: $20.00
    Main Meeting Luncheon Only: $20.00 - for those attending Plenary Session only 
    Banquet $50.00 General / $25.00 Students
  • Main Meeting Plenary Session:
    The Users' Executive Committees, the representative bodies of both Users’ Associations, cordially invite all to attend the plenary sessions on Tuesday, May 24, free of charge, and warmly invite you to register for the workshops and other events.


Sunday, May 1 - All meeting attendees, including speakers and organizers, who plan to stay onsite at BNL, must register in BNL's Guest Information System (GIS). After May 1, it will be necessary to secure accommodations off site.(link to accommodation info)
Click here for additional information on site access and identification requirements.

  • Friday, May 6 - Last day to register without paying a $25.00 late fee.
  • Friday, May 13 - Registration Closes
    • Registrations submitted after May 13th will be processed on the first day of the meeting Monday, May 23rd. 
    • Registration fees can be paid in person at the Meeting Registration Desk
    • Registration is open until Wednesday, May 25, 2011


  • If you are new to our meetings and would like to be included on our mailing list, please send an email to: wright@bnl.gov.


  • The Meeting is hosted and sponsored by the National Synchrotron Light Source Users' Association, the Center for Functional Nanomaterials Users' Association, and external organizations representing the users of the NSLS and the CFN.

This joint meeting and associated workshops are supported by registration fees paid by the participants. Social events, lunches, and coffee breaks are provided to registered attendees primarily by our exhibitors and sponsors, and in part by the Photon Sciences Directorate (PSD) and Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN)'s Brookhaven Science Associates' funding. The Users' Meeting Planning Committee consists of users and staff of the Photon Sciences Directorate (NSLS) and CFN. Administrative support for the meeting is provided by BNL's Photon Sciences Directorate and CFN Departments.