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X-Ray Science
Gordon Research Conference

Frontier Science with Forefront Synchrotrons and XFEL Sources


July 30 - August 4, 2017


Stonehill College
Easton, MA Site Information


Hyunjung Kim

Vice Chair:
Joel D. Brock

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by July 2, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

The 2017 Gordon Research Conference on X-Ray Science will highlight frontier science achieved by the rapid developments in both synchrotron and x-ray free electron laser (XFEL) sources. X-ray sources play an increasingly important role in physics, materials research, chemistry, and biology, and are expanding into ever broadening areas of applied science and engineering. With all the upgrades planned in the synchrotrons together with newly available XFEL sources, it is a very exciting and vital to exchange ideas about the future of X-ray science and applications.

An international cast of speakers will present the latest scientific and technological achievements in X-Ray Science as well as provide a glance into the bright future. The conference, with its strongly interdisciplinary character, provides a stimulating environment to present the latest research in poster format, engage in discussions in a friendly setting, and exchange ideas with leaders in the field. We especially encourage young scientists in the early stages of their careers to participate and profit from this unique forum for exchange with leading scientists in a relaxed atmosphere. Selected poster(s) will be given the opportunity for a short talk. The collegial atmosphere of this Conference, with ample time for discussion as well as opportunities for informal gatherings in the afternoons and evenings, will provide an avenue for scientists from different disciplines to exchange ideas about forefront x-ray techniques and will promote cross-fertilization between the various research areas represented. In this conference, we will implement a new program of one hour session (on Monday afternoon from 3:00-4:00 pm) entitled "Power Hour: Committed to inclusion and the professional development of women in science" to help address the challenges that women face in science and provides a forum for discussion and mentoring.

The 2017 GRC on X-Ray Science will again be held in conjunction with the Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). The GRS (July 29-30, 2017), a two-day meeting preceding the GRC, is specifically designed for graduate students and early career researchers. The meeting offers a unique opportunity for young scientists to present their work to their peers. It is expected that GRS participants will remain to participate in the subsequent GRC.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "X-Ray Science" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by March 30, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • New Techniques Using Synchrotron and XFELs
    (Edgar Weckert / Tais Gorkhover)
  • Bio and Life Sciences
    (Soichi Wakatsuki / Arwen Pearson / Eriko Nango)
  • Energy / Environmental Science
    (Kenneth Finkelstein / William Chueh / Marie-Ingrid Richard)
  • Ultrafast Phenomena
    (Steven Johnson / Aaron Lindenberg / Keith Nelson)
  • Quantum Materials / Extreme Conditions
    (Ian Robinson / Mark Dean / Di-Jing Huang)
  • Coherent High Energy X-Ray Science
    (Hyunjung Kim / G. Brian Stephenson)
  • Nonlinear X-Ray Science
    (Ralf Roehlsberger / Sharon Shwartz)
  • Advanced X-Ray Optics
    (Joel Brock / Jin Wang / Christian David)
  • Keynote Session: Future Science Directions and Opportunities
    (Sunil Sinha / Helmut Dosch)
  • Power Hour
    (Carol Thompson)
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