On December 6, the second in a series of online ALS user forums was held on the Advanced Light Source Upgrade (ALS-U) project. Incoming Interim ALS Director Steve Kevan and ALS-U Project Director Dave Robin presented an overview of the project and its current status. Ken Goldberg, the lead for ALS-U Beamlines and Optical Systems, shared progress on designs for concept beamlines and optics. And ALS Staff Scientist Martin Kunz presented recent feedback from a crosscutting review and workshop on the future of earth and environmental sciences research at the ALS.
The event also provided a venue for questions and answers, particularly around how users can be involved in determining the future capabilities of the ALS. Robin told users that they can:
- Continue to participate in the forums;
- Contact beamline staff listed on the ALS-U beamline selection webpage;
- Contact their Users’ Executive Committee representatives; or
- Submit input directly to the ALS-U team via this form.
Kevan reminded users that the ALS-U project is not the only route to improve ALS capabilities. Just as the ALS has done for more than two decades, it will continue to improve and innovate in parallel to the ALS-U project over the next several years and after the project’s completion.
The next forum will be held Monday, January 22 at 10 a.m. PT. Further details are provided here.