11-14 June 2023
Europe/Stockholm timezone

What is the BSR Conference Series?

The International Biology and Synchrotron Radiation (BSR) meetings are held every three years with the aim of presenting and discussing state of the art applications in relevant research fields. They have a long-standing record since the first meeting in Frascati, Italy in 1986. Subsequent meetings were held at sites at or near the most advanced light source facilities around the world, with the last BSR meeting taking place in Shanghai, China in 2019.

BSR is a unique forum to discuss the novel possibilities of synchrotrons and X-ray lasers and to promote their applications to challenging biological problems.

14th BSR

MAX IV, the pioneer in multi-bend achromat synchrotron technology, would like to invite the synchrotron and free electron laser (FEL) Life Science community to Lund to discuss the latest and hottest developments in the field at the 14th BSR. By 2023, several other synchrotron facilities will also have upgraded their sources or have defined upgrade plans and we feel it would be opportune to discuss and high-light the latest developments and the possibilities for biological experiments at the next generation of synchrotrons and FELs.

For the upcoming  BSR, we selected as main themes:

  • Membranes: lipids and proteins
  • Synchrotrons and FELS for Pandemic research
  • Hybrid or correlative approaches to complex biology
  • Scientific computing for Life Sciences
  • Coherence approaches
  • Environmental and bioeconomy /Industrial and Pharma
  • Tissues and cells
  • Dynamics & Ultrafast Science

Within each theme there will be invited speakers and a selection of poster presentations. The conference will also host 2 keynote speakers. Poster sessions and an excursion the the MAX IV synchrotron will also be part of the program.

Keynote Speakers

Stephen Burley, (Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA) Beyond the first 50 years of the PDB

Ian Wilson, (Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, USA), Synchrotrons and Virus Research

Invited Speakers

Maximilian Ackermann (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany) COVID19 - 3D imaging for deciphering the pathology of a global pandemic

Kartik Ayyer (MPI Hamburg, Germany), Machine learning to handle conformational heterogeneity in coherent imaging

Clement Blanchet (EMBL-Hamburg, Germany) Use of SAXS in the development of Covid vaccines

Aina Cohen (SLAC, Stanford, USA) Developments for macromolecular crystallography at the LCLS and SSRL

Connie Darmanin (La Trobe, Melbourne Australia) Studies of Toll-like receptors using electron diffraction and FELS

Thomas Grant (Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research, Buffalo, USA) Ab initio electron density determination directly from solution scattering data, applications to drug discovery.

Britt Hedman (SLAC, Stanford, USA)  Probing enzyme reaction mechanisms with XAS

Andrey Kovalevsky (ORNL, Oakridge, USA) Combined X-ray & neutron crystallography for drug design purposes

Helena Käck (Astra Zeneca, Mölndal, Sweden) Synchrotron and FEL studies for drug discovery: an industrial perspective

Marianne Liebi (Chalmers, Gothenburg, Sweden) SAXS tensor tomography in biomedical applications.

Atsushi Momose (Spring 8, Sayo, Japan) Hard X-ray tomography at Spring 8

Alexandra Pacureanu (ESRF, Grenoble, France) 3D synchrotron studies of the brain

Ingrid Pickering (University of Saskatchewan, Sasketoon, Canada) Metals and human disease

Tim Salditt (Georg August University, Göttingen, Germany) Advances in 3-D imaging for bio-medical applications at modern synchrotrons

Holger Stark (MAX Planck Institute, Göttingen, Germany) Structural insights into the spliceosome

Gebhard Schertler (Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen, Switserland) Dynamics of GPCRs and their complexes.

Jill Trewhella (University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia) Importance of validation in SAXS/SANS


The 14th BSR will take place from the 28th of June to the 1st of July 2022. The venue is Stora Salen in the main building of the Academic Society, a historic building from 1848 in the centre of Lund, Sweden.


AF Borgen