Synchrotron news – 7 March 2008

In this issue:
1. Next beamtime proposal round
2. Call for abstracts and registration now open for NZ synchrotron users’ meeting

1. Next beamtime proposal round
The deadline for beamtime proposals for the Australian Synchrotron 2008-2 cycle is 1 April for both merit access and preferred access proposals.
Proposals for both access routes are to be submitted via the web portal at
(Please note that New Zealand scientists are not eligible to apply through this portal for ASRP beamtime.)
Proposal templates are available at as Word documents, which you can use to prepare your proposal off-line, and then copy and paste the relevant sections into the Australian Synchrotron web portal when it is available. You are most welcome to send drafts of your proposals to me for proofreading and suggestions.
Merit access proposals are peer-reviewed through the Australian Synchrotron. Preferred access proposals go through an internal review process by the NZSG Access Committee.

2. Call for abstracts and registration now open for NZ synchrotron users’ meeting
The inaugural New Zealand Synchrotron Users’ Meeting will be held at Wharerata, Massey University, on 14-15 April to facilitate networking of the synchrotron user community in New Zealand. Both new and experienced users will benefit from the meeting, which will feature presentations by users, committee members, and Australian Synchrotron staff. There will also be opportunity for interaction and discussion. We strongly encourage all New Zealand scientists who have conducted, or are planning to conduct synchrotron experiments to attend and to present their work.

Registration for the Meeting is free.

Please see our website, to submit an abstract and to register.

Abstract submission closes on Friday 28 March.
Registration closes on Friday 4 April.

Travel assistance is available for post-graduate students and post-doctoral researchers to attend the meeting.


Bridget Ingham
Technical Director, New Zealand Synchrotron Support Programme