Lightsources.org was delighted to welcome over 500 attendees to our live virtual symposium to mark the 75th Anniversary of the first direct observation of synchrotron light in a laboratory. The event, which was chaired by Sandra Ribeiro, Chair of lightsources.org and Communications Advisor for the Canadian Light Source, was held on the 28th April 2022 and you can watch the recording via the YouTube link below.
We received some lovely feedback after the live event, including this comment from Jeffrey T Collins at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois.
“I have worked at the Advanced Photon Source for over 32 years and I learned many things during this event that I never knew before. It was quite informative. I look forward to re-watching the entire event.”Jeffrey T Collins, Mechanical Engineering & Design Group Leader at Argonne National Laboratory
The symposium began with a historical introduction from Roland Pease, freelance science broadcaster who has been an enthusiastic support of light sources for many years.
Roland’s talk was followed by experts from the field giving talks on their perspectives of synchrotron light related achievements that have been made since the 1st laboratory observation on the 24th April 1947.
• Nobel Laureate Prof. Ada Yonath (Weizmann Institute of Science)
• Prof. Sir Richard Catlow (University College London)
• Prof. Henry Chapman (DESY)
• Dr Paul Tafforeau (ESRF)
• Dr Gihan Kamel (SESAME and member of the AfLS Executive Committee).
There followed a panel discussion with special guests who all made huge contributions to the development of the field. Our special guests were:
Herman Winick – Prof. of Applied Physics (Research) Emeritus at SLAC)
Ian Munro – Initiator of synchrotron radiation research at Daresbury Laboratory ,Warrington UK in 1970
Giorgio Margaritondo – one of the pioneers in the use of synchrotron radiation and free electron lasers
Gerd Materlik – former CEO of Diamond Light Source, the UK’s synchrotron science facility
Lightsources.org is hugely grateful to all the speakers, special guests and attendees who contributed to this event and made it such a special anniversary celebration for the light source community.
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