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Welcome to the first ForMAX user workshop
MAX IV has together with academic and industrial partners recently received funding for a combined scattering and tomography beamline – ForMAX. In order to collect the needs of the future user community, we will organize a workshop at MAX IV on January 23rd. Registration for the workshop is free of charge, including dinner on January 22nd and lunch on January 23rd.

For further details and registration for the event, see the workshop website at


MAX IV has together with academic and industrial partners recently secured funding for the construc on of ForMAX – a combined scattering and imaging beamline for structural characteriza on of complex materials from atomic/molecular to mm length scales. A special focus of ForMAX will be novel wood- based materials, but it will also be open for other user communities. ForMAX is at the moment in design phase, and we are collecting the needs of the future user community.

At the first ForMAX User Workshop we will have three inspiring talks by leading experts on small- and wide-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS/WAXS), scanning SAXS/WAXS, and tomography. We will also have briefings about ForMAX, the national research platorm Treesearch of which ForMAX is a part, and the ForMAX preproject. Finally, we will organize group discussions about your specific needs at ForMAX. Come and help make ForMAX a success!


1. Three inspiring talks by leading experts on techniques at ForMAX:

• Yoshiharu Nishiyama (CNRS, FR) – SAXS/WAXS
• Oliver Bunk (PSI, CH) – Scanning SAXS/WAXS
• Stephen Hall (Lund University, SE) – Tomographic imaging

2. Brief overviews of the national research platform Treesearch of which ForMAX is a part, the ForMAX project itself, and the ForMAX preproject.

3. Group discussions to address the needs of the future user community at ForMAX.

We will have groups working on the following three specific questions:
a) Besides the beamline, ForMAX will also consist of a portal, which will facilitate the access of inexperienced users to ForMAX/MAX IV. What should be the main priorities of the ForMAX portal?
b) We expect many inexperienced synchrotron users at ForMAX. How can we most effectively help them carry out experiments?
c) In order to carry out successful synchrotron experiments, one may need special sample environments and/or access to other characteriza on methods (such as DLS, op cal microscopy etc). How should these be prioritised?
4. Optonal tour of MAX IV.


Kim Nygård, MAX IV Laboratory
Aleksandar Matic, Chalmers Institute of Technology
Daniel Söderberg, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

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