Synchrotron news 2 November 2007

The New Zealand Synchrotron Support Programme has been established through a TEC NZ grant to the New Zealand Synchrotron Group (NZSG) in order to provide user support for synchrotron activities in New Zealand, both at the Australian Synchrotron and elsewhere.

The main activities of the New Zealand Synchrotron Support Programme are:
– accepting proposals for and allocating ‘preferred access’ beamtime for researchers from NZSG member institutions,
– funding travel and materials costs for synchrotron experiments primarily at the Australian Synchrotron but also to other facilities,
– establishing a database of current and potential synchrotron users in New Zealand in order to keep all interested parties informed of developments at the Australian Synchrotron and assist with beamtime proposals,
– organising seminars and workshops about synchrotron research and access to the Australian Synchrotron facility.

We have recently updated the website and would encourage you to take a look:

In particular, the first call for preferred access beamtime is available for the Protein Crystallography and Infrared beamlines. This will close on 9 November. An application form template can be downloaded from the website, under ‘Research/Users – Accessing beamtime and funding’.

I would also encourage you to register your details with the online registration form (‘Research/Users – Registration Form’). This will help us to keep you informed of relevant events, provide assistance with beamtime access, etc.

If you know of anybody in New Zealand who is a current or potential synchrotron user, or has an interest in the Australian facility, please forward this email to them.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you for your time,


Bridget Ingham
Technical Director
New Zealand Synchrotron Support Programme